Koster’s Game Grammer

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  

Famous Drawers: J.K. Rowling

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

The Book of Qualities

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? 

Nightengale Rose Diagram

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