Want to get better in business? Learn how to draw.
There's no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What's unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you--and your team--can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work.
Think you can't draw? Don't worry! The simplest sketches are the most effective at communication and problem solving, so you can begin drawing in less time than your average coffee break. Pictures and visual communication harken back to the stone age for good reason--they're natural, they're quick, and they work. And they'll work for you.
If you're looking for the next tool to help you solve your hardest (and most interesting) challenges at work, try a paper and pencil. This book teaches you how to use them well--and have a bit of fun along the way.
With contributions from Amelie Sarrazin, Aleksandra Micek, Taylor Reese, Dan Brown, Daniel Cook, Kate Rutter, Eva-Lotta Lamm, Matthew Magain, Sunni Brown, Cristina Negrut, Daryl Meier Fahrni, Marc Bourguignon, Laura Klein, David Gray, Melissa Kim, Mike Rohde, Brian Gulassa, Andrew Reid, Rolf Faste, Raph Koster, Stone Librande, Robin Hunicke, Alicia Loring, Erin Malone, Stephen P. Anderson, Giorgia Lupi, Alex Osterwalder, Noelle Stransky, James Young, and Dan Roam.
About the Author
Christina Wodtke has helped to grow companies like LinkedIn, Yahoo, Zynga, and the New York Times, as well as numerous startups throughout Silicon Valley. She's the author of the business-fable book Radical Focus, a book which uses the power of story to build a new approach to OKRs, as well as the author of Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, Pencil Me In, and the upcoming Continuous Feedback. Christina currently teaches at Stanford on the HCI program in Computer Science. She speaks worldwide about humanity, teamwork, and the journey to excellence.
"Get this excellent book to become a master communicator. Create clearer and simpler messages with words & visuals. " -- Alex Osterwalder
"This is a book of magical visual thinking ideas, tricks, tips and spells you'll want to carry with you wherever you go. It's a fantastic reference from the best minds in the visual business, ideal for the novice and expert alike -- grab your copy now!"
-- Mike Rohde, bestselling author of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook
Pencil Me In is an invitation of the most valuable kind...Wodtke beckons the reader into a world where so much more is possible - inquiry, insight and rich imagination - all of it at the tip of your pencil.
-- Sunni Brown, Best-Selling Author + Chief Human Potentialist.