- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047090853X
- ISBN-13: 978-0470908532
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recording your ideas and observations primarily in pictures instead of words can help you become more creative and constructive on the job, no matter what your level of artistic ability. This show-by-example sourcebook clearly illustrates proven methods and procedures for keeping a highly useful visual notebook. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers demonstrates how to make rapid, notational sketches that serve as visual records for future reference, as well as improve understanding and facilitate the development of ideas. It shows you how to expand your knowledge of a subject beyond what is gained through observation or verbal representation alone. You gain access to simple techniques for collecting, analyzing, and applying information. Crowe and Laseau examine the relationship between note-taking, visualization, and creativity. They give practical guidance on how to develop:
- Visual acuitythe ability to see more in what you experience
- Visual literacyexpressing yourself clearly and accurately with sketches
- Graphic analysisusing sketches to analyze observations
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The book opens with a discussion on the importance of visual literacy, being able to see and interpret the world around us and express our observations and insights. The book goes on to talk about the creative process as it pertains to visual literacy, mentioning ways to gather and record information, examine and analyze it, and then spin out your interpretation or solution. There are two chapters devoted to analyzing other people's sketchbooks. And, none of them included were Picassos either. Every sketch either solved a problem or expressed an observation that led to some insight about what the notetaker was seeing. By the end, I was reading about drawing principles, such as perspectives, values/tones, and diagramming - each concept briefly explained.
This book will not teach someone how to draw. It will taught a person how to pay attention, how to use the "right side" of the brain, and how to come up with better ideas by recognizing information in a different format.
I gave this book four stars instead of a five, because I expected the book to delve further into learning to draw. To be fair, it's a thin book. It covers a lot, and the authors wrote it so that anyone could "jump into" visual note-taking. But, after going over the book as many times as I have (it's just that useful!), I always finished the Tools and Techniques section, feeling that it ended too soon - like a good conversation.
I believe it is so relatively expensive because it is used as a text book for some schools. I've picked up my 4 copies (yes, it's that goo, and it makes a great gift :) for under $10 a piece during the "off season".
I should say this is the book I was hoping to find when I cracked open The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, but found myself even more impressed with this classic.