As a Visual ThinkerTM I love researching new ways to deliver information differently, feeding my passion with visual communication books from around the world.
I choose books the same way I pick a bottle of red – by the pretty picture on the front. However I may need to rethink this method as I seem to be drinking a lot of awful wine, whilst bored to death with the latest read.
Like most of the population I learn with pictures. As Dr. John Medina points out, “The more visual the input becomes, the more likely it is to be recognised and recalled.”
So I’ll keep doing the research, but in the interest of good karma I thought I’d share some of the amazing books on my desk right now.
Future Brain: The 12 Keys to Create Your High-Performance Brain
From the super smart Dr Jenny Brockis comes another easy read. I loved the simple steps on how to ‘reframe stress’ and improve creativity and focus.
Design Fundamentals: Notes on Visual Elements and Principles of Composition
This is back to school ‘Design 101’, written in a visual learning style that matches how my mind works. A brain dump of doodles that explain basic visual design elements.
How To Lead A Quest: A handbook for pioneering executives
This is one of those books I can’t put down. I’m captivated by the beautiful illustrations that simplify and support everything announced by the amazing Dr Fox. Mostly though, I want his bio photo above my fireplace (if I had one)!
Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols
Nancy Duarte is one of my favourite people in the world, her vision has transformed the communications industry. In this elegantly visual book Duarte and Sanchez take you through the five stages of transformation using speeches, stories, ceremonies and symbols.
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Not so strong on the illustrations (none) but I was sold on the cover and of course, the famous Ted Talk from 2012, which now has over 32 MILLION hits. That’s a lot of Presence.
Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand
This is one of the only visual design books I have actually read. So many are full of promise yet fail to deliver. Visual Language for Designers actually provides psychological principals and cognitive research to support graphic design and data visualisation.
And if that’s all too hard, check out the website https://www.getabstract.com/en/ where they provide the top take-outs, quotes, bio and a full summary. Genius if you ask me!
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