Finished reading Dan Roam’s visual thinking tome, “The Back of the Napkin”. I really enjoyed his description of the process by which he came to “discover” visual thinking for himself – that he possessed this ability to communicate with others via simple pictures and graphics.
It was a fun enough read and while I understand why the dimensions of the book are to illustrate a literal “back of the napkin”, the format was incredibly annoying for anyone who uses an LED reading light or if you need to stash it in a way that it doesn’t get damaged. The 1×1 dimensions made it an unwieldy book which was a one of its few drawbacks.
To get the book, click on the cover below to get to Roam’s booksite.
Some quick notes:
Step-by-Step: Very Helpful
Example case: Not so helpful, felt restricted after a while.
The Visual Thinking Codex chart on page 141 is awesome but doesn’t reproduce well.
The key is in the summary/conclusion, if there’s something to memorize or remember with this book, it’s the following bullet points:
The Visual Thinking Swiss Army Knife:
Our Three Visual Thinking Tools:
- Our Eyes
- Our Mind’s Eye
- Our Hand-Eye Coordination
The Four Steps of Visual Thinking Process:
SQVID – The Five Questions that Open Our Mind’s Eye:
- Simple vs. Elaborate
- Qualitative vs. Quantitative
- Vision vs. Execution
- Individual vs. Comparison
- Change (Delta) vs. Status Quo
The Six Ways We See:
- How Much