Earlier this year, I read (and have since re-read) Dan Roam’s book The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. For those of you who want to improve the imagery in your presentations, yet struggle with exactly how to represent some concepts visually, this book is for you.
More information on the book can be found at its companion website: http://www.thebackofthenapkin.com/. There are some free downloadable tools available which will give you a bit of the book’s “flavor,” but speaking personally, I don’t think they’ll be all that useful to you unless you’ve read the book. (Me, I didn’t want to write in my book so I downloaded the tools so I could write my notes on them and keep a copy with me.)
Two big things I took from the book:
- How fun it would be to be able to draw all of the images for my next presentation!!!
- Even if I don’t draw pictures, I can use the tools in this book to help me decide how to visually represent something.
And remember, if you aren’t able to buy a copy, you can probably find one at your local library!