- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491994282
- ISBN-13: 978-1491994283
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Presto Sketching: The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design 1st Edition
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What you’ll get from this book
If you’re reading this right now, I figure you’re interested in getting better at sketching to help you think, work, and/or be creative in some way. Hurrah! No matter what you think your drawing ability is, no matter how ‘visual’ you think you are, this book will help you in all these areas, wherever you’re at in your sketching journey. If you’re fairly new to the world of visual thinking and visual communication, Presto sketching will set you up for success.
Presto Sketching is about showing people your ideas, not showing them beautiful pieces of art. It’s also about helping your team to solve problems together, explain and prioritize ideas together, and chart a common vision together.
Using this book
This book is made to go through chapter by chapter, and each chapter has some exercises to help you put the lessons and techniques into practice. The exercises build on each other and get harder, but more fulfilling, and more Instagram-worthy. You’ll notice that each one has a difficulty setting. This is also a great way to dip into the book from time to time, depending on where you’re at.
Most chapters end with some questions to help you consider where you’re at, and where you want to go in your sketching journey. Treat them as a mentor, to help stretch yourself where you want to be stretched. No matter where you are on that journey, I guarantee you that there’s ways you can stretch yourself, whether that’s honing your execution, influencing others, getting out of a rut, or trying new things.
Even though some exercises might seem a bit ho-hum to you, at least take a look at the questions at the end of those chapters. Those questions are your opportunity to coach and encourage others in their visual practice journeys
You’ll also find some interviews with different people throughout the book. Each person is at a different stage in their journey of visual practice, but they’re all fascinating. I’ve been greatly inspired by them, and I hope you are too.
And if that’s not enough, there are also some libraries of different images to help you along, like visual metaphors.
Results of putting the these techniques in into practice
- Greater confidence and enjoyment in sketching and adding your own images to your work
- A greater variety and number of ideas and solutions to problems
- More dynamic and persuasive presentations, reports and other communications
- Expand your professional skillset to include visual thinking and visual communication
- More effective and insightful meetings
- Being known as a more creative innovative person
About the Author
Ben Crothers is a design strategist with an infectious passion for sketching, and helping others unlock their powers of creativity, problem-solving and synthesis through sketching. Even before discovering design, he used to moonlight as a cartoonist for the Australian Army and published a book of comics (STAND EASY: The Best of Ben) in 1994. Since then, he has helped loads of organizations design, build and launch websites, digital products, and services, always keeping a keen eye on uniting pixels with people in the best ways possible. Ben is also in demand for strategic workshop facilitation, graphic recording, and his classes on sketching and facilitation skills.
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In it you will find the humorous side of Ben Crothers as he slips in jokes and comments. You also find Ben’s skill as a sketchnote and teacher. The power of this book is that the author’s approach is to create what could be a legit textbook on the topic.
My suggestion would be to get this book after you’ve learned some basics of sketching or, if you choose this as your first book on sketchnoting spend time slowly digesting the early chapters.
And of course, there are some great sketching tips that are so easy to remember and apply!
I highly recommend this book if you run meetings or just want some new ways to get your creative juices flowing.
The book moves from the simple to the complex, building from the basics of linework through to drawing simple and complex objects, figures into composition and up to being able to communicate ideas and emotions visually. The latter half of the book deals with what I'd call "visual facilitation", ways of structuring and laying out stories, discussions and decisions using the skills you've learnt in the first half of the book. You can dip in where you feel you need to improve depending on your current level of skill, but I'm working my way through the whole book to make sure I don't miss any little gems (and to give me an easy sketching-every-day discipline). About a quarter of the way through and I haven't reached anything I didn't think I already knew, but it's already changed the way I think about communicating visually and my sketching style as well.
This is not a book for learning to draw "more realistically" and it's not a "how to sketchnote presentations on the fly" (I've got plenty of those books too). This is a book for communicating clearly and engaging people, especially if you're working with groups of people and complex products, services and situations. If that's what you do, then buy this book.
This book is Ben all over: patiently guiding readers of all levels from understanding the basic principles and techniques, adding challenges as your skill and confidence levels grow, showing hundreds of examples and sketches of his own in addition to the words (of course!) and also including interviews with people in the industry to give you an idea of how your new-found skill is being used to improve businesses all over, not to mention the personal enjoyment of re-discovering a fun activity you probably forgot about in childhood, and using it for good.
You'll be halfway through it and feel like you're getting to know Ben personally, with a great conversational style and lots of interesting footnotes adding colour and fun facts to the narrative. Plus, bonus marks if you can spot the references to Albert the Cat!
But I thought the author struggled to actually teach novices on how to “presto” sketch
Rohde’s Sketchnote book is a lot more actionable for novice artists
Get that book instead