My Little Black Sketchbook: SAX Inc. Exercise December 9, 2009Posted by mgodoublems in Drawing.
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There is an exercise in The Back of the Napkin that involves a company called SAX Inc. The idea is to draw out an entire visual thought process for a marketing pitch to the company. Here are my drawings, with extremely minimal commentary – I want people to buy this book and read it, so I am not giving anything excess away. I apologize for photo quality. I found my camera, and in the future I will be posting images that have been photographed with an actual camera. Hurrah!
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Concrete Theory Draws on Napkins December 6, 2009Posted by mgodoublems in Book Analysis.
Tags: Concrete Theory, Dan Roam, My Little Black Sketchbook, The Back of the Napkin
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Last night I finished reading The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam. The My Little Black Sketchbook post line spawned from reading it. Roam writes an extremely interesting book, defining a process for visual thinking that just works… I went from not being able to easily think visually to being able to produce visual thought diagrams in a short order over the course of the book.
I will be incorporating the things I have learned from this book into a majority of my work in the future. Book analysis after the jump. I’m just going to go over the final chapter, because it’s a book that really needs to be read by anyone that is interest in visual thinking and advancing their ability to express themselves. Note: It’s not 1000 words, but it has a picture, so it is really over 1000. The book is really a must-read.
My Little Black Sketchbook: My First SQVID November 29, 2009Posted by mgodoublems in Drawing.
Tags: My Little Black Sketchbook, Speed Limit Enforcement, SQVID, The Back of the Napkin
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I have been reading The Back of the Napkin – aptly subtitled ‘Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures’. It discusses visual thought and the utilization of napkin-sketches to get a point across. At one point, the author talks about SQVID, his method for developing visualization skills. It involves drawing ten separate drawings of an idea to help you develop the idea. He includes an exercise in Chapter 6 to develop your first SQVID. I have included mine below the jump, with explanations. I apologize if the images aren’t the best quality. They were taken with my 1.3MP iPhone camera.
SQVID is an acronym that stands for:
Simple-Elaborate: A simple drawing vs a drawing that involves a step back. Can be how zoomed in or how complex, depending.
Qualitative-Quantitative: Drawing for quality and characteristics vs drawing for quantity and statistics.
Vision-Execution: Drawing end product vs drawing how to get to end product.
Individual-Comparison: Drawing one method of doing things vs drawing multiple methods in a comparison.
Change-Status Quo: Drawing what things would be like if they were different vs drawing the current situation. The D actually stands for Delta, hence the first word being change. Isn’t that awesome?
My Little Black Sketchbook: Introduction November 29, 2009Posted by mgodoublems in Drawing.
Tags: Introduction, Keys to Drawing, My Little Black Sketchbook, The Back of the Napkin
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I bought myself a sketchbook today.
Which is good, because I have bought myself two drawing books over the past two days.
The Back of the Napkin – Dan Roam
Keys to Drawing – Bert Dodson
I will be going through both of these books. I am currently reading The Back of the Napkin, and Keys to Drawing will be a sort of persistent thing throughout the end of this semester and through most off the next. Expect a bunch of sketches. Unfortunately, I am mostly using my 1.3MP iPhone camera instead of scanning or a real camera, so they may not look the best. Eventually, I may upgrade my iPhone or figure out where my regular 6MP camera is. Since I am currently traveling, iPhone it is.
I am also introducing a new Post Title Monicker: “My Little Black Sketchbook”, which is kind of self-explanatory. Every one of these posts will have something to do with my sketchbook.