Reading List for Visual Thinkers

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Sketching & Drawing

Make A World
by Ed Emberley

How to Draw Anything
by Scriberia

How To Think When You Draw
by Lorenzo Etherington

Drawing for Product Designers
by Kevin Henry

Visual Thinking

Presto Sketching: The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design
by Ben Crothers

Back of the Napkin: Solving problems and selling ideas with pictures
by Dan Roam

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo

Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures
by Dan Roam

Blah, Blah, Blah: What to Do When Words Don't Work
by Dan Roam

Pencil Me In: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can't Draw
by Christina Wodtke

Draw a Better Business: The essential visual thinking toolkit to help your small business work better
by Cara Holland

Sketchnotes & Graphic Recording

The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Notetaking
by Mike Rohde

The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced techniques for taking visual notes you can use anywhere
by Mike Rohde

The Graphic Facilitator's Guide: How to use your listening, thinking and drawing skills to make meaning
by Brandy Agerbeck

The Idea Shapers
by Brandy Agerbeck

UZMO: Thinking With Your Pen
by Martin Haussmann

Drawn Together through Visual Practice
by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd, Jennifer Shepherd

Sketching for UX & Product Design

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky & Braden Kowitz

Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design
by Bill Buxton

Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook
by Saul Greenberg, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicolai Marquardt & Bill Buxton

Visual Storytelling & Comics

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
by Scott McCloud

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels
by Scott McCloud

See What I Mean: How To Use Comics to Communicate Ideas
by Kevin Cheng

The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces
by Tom Richmond

The Lexicon of Comicana
by Mort Walker

Information Visualisation

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
by Edward R. Tufte

Envisioning Information
by Edward R. Tufte

Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
by Edward R. Tufte

Data Visualisation

Dear Data
by Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec

Observe, Collect, Draw!: A Visual Journal
by Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec

The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization
by Alberto Cairo

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication
by Alberto Cairo

Creativity & Process

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told Me About the Creative Life
by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
by Austin Kleon