Often, a person working with a complex system will have to turn to drawing to understand and communicate. Words cannot explain systems alone. Koster’s work to help people understand the dynamics of games is fascinating and illustrative. Game Grammar
Part One: Rendering Relationships Pencil Me In, my book on visual thinking, is available! Yay! I’m gone a little crazy for concept models. It started with when I wrote, How to Make a Concept Model, and then when I followed up with Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems. They are sometimes called Conceptual … Continue reading A Visual Vocabulary for Concept Models
If you search for a few useful hashtags like #sketchnote you will find people who think with pictures. But other times, you just get a pleasant surprise. I’m a big fan of Nnedi Okorafor’s writing, but had no idea she was a drawer too… Lesson of the Day: Know Your Cephalopods https://t.co/lYT7A8osmW pic.twitter.com/zduDHg7Gvy — Nnedi … Continue reading If you love something, draw it
Did you know J.K. Rowling did two kinds of drawing to think through her Harry Potter books? She built a plot model to keep track of all the stories and subplots: Lean more about her Plot grid on Open Culture She also sketched her characters out as well. Her sketches are scattered across pottermore.com
One way to build your visual vocabulary is to draw from photos. It’s easier than drawing from life, as the image has been flattened for you. This new release gives you endless images to copy and reinterpret. Artstor has released more than 4,700 new images in the Decorative Arts and Americana from four leading institutions. … Continue reading 4,700 new images in the Decorative Arts & Americana
Everyone has a different mental model in their head of what things look like, from chairs to monkeys. This delightful site shows them off. From 50 Million Drawings: “Over 15 million players have contributed millions of drawings playing Quick, Draw!These doodles are a unique data set that can help developers train new neural networks, help researchers … Continue reading 50 million drawings
I came across the Book of Qualities via a Robert Sapolsky lecture, of all things (He lectures on behavioral biology.) Something wistful in his voice made me decide to buy it on the spot. It is lovely and poetic, and brings me to ask, why don’t we illustrate books for “grownups” more often?
In 1858 nurse, statistician, and reformer Florence Nightingale published Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration of the British Army. Founded Chiefly on the Experience of the Late War. Presented by Request to the Secretary of State for War. This privately printed work contained a color statistical graphic entitled “Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in … Continue reading Nightengale Rose Diagram
Some images people share with me are so complex beautiful, but had to be smallified and made B&W for the book. I want to share them in their full glory. Here is Stone Librande’s Sketch and design blown up and gorgeous!
I wanted to keep the book tiny, so people could carry it around, and Black and White, so it’d be affordable. But this means some images and ideas I couldn’t cover! So I’ll share them here. Here is Taylor Reese whiteboarding how to whiteboard! And the original photo of him working…. And more whiteboard … Continue reading Outtakes! Taylor Reese on Whiteboarding.