Books for exploring visual storytelling:

  1. The Back of the Napkin—Problem Solving and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam
    If you read one book on selling your ideas and visual problem-solving, this is it.
  2. Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet
    Another good basic book on facilitation. Less emphasis on drawing, more on selecting the right frame.
  3. BooksBikablo 2.0: New Visuals for Meeting, Training & Learning
    Great basic book
  4. The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde
    Taking “visual notes” when you are in the audience is great practice for when it’s you at the whiteboard. You’ll also remember more of what you hear.

Books for Adding Detail to Your Sketches:

  1. The Cartoonist’s Workbook by Robin Hall
    Although written for those wanting to break into cartooning, the book has some nice simple tips for those facilitators who want to put a little more “humanity” in their work.
  2. Bikablo Emotions: Visual Dictionary
    Visuals to convey emotions simply.
  3. The Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley
    Animals make great metaphors for business communication, e.g. “the 800 lb gorilla in the room”, “putting the cart before the horse,” “the cat’s out of the bag”, etc. Build cred’ with your Creative Dept.

Resources from The Design Gym:

  1. Visual Thinking: Sketching, An Essential Tool
  2. A Drawing is Worth Thousands of Words
  3. Visual Thinking Workpack
  4. How to Get Your Boss to Say Yes
    A great example of a blog post sketchnoted.

Additional online resources:

  1. Google Image Search the term “Graphic Organizers”
    For framework junkies only—you may find a gem!
  2. Visual Thinking for Business—Make Your Point
    Covers much of the content from our Sketching Bootcamp and as an online course, allows you to review material at your own pace. it’s entertaining—there’s video, little quizzes, frameworks to download and fill out, etc.