Book Review: Visualizing Ideas: From Scribbles to Storyboards

Book Review: Visualizing Ideas: From Scribbles to Storyboards

I love this book.

This book goes through all the techniques to get the design job done. There are detailed tips that makes you go,"Hey, I was in that situation before. So that's how they did it". Such as using strong cards as rulers so there are no ink smudges the next time the ruler is used — It happens to me all the time.

All the concepts explained in the book are illustrated with pen and copic marker to great effect. It's a bundle of tips and techniques tackling almost all sorts of situations, from doing layout, lettering, product designs, figure drawings to storyboards and animatics. While you might think that this would spread the quality of content thin, it doesn't because the design concepts are pretty universal.

I think this is actually a design book that happens to be an exceptional art book at the same time. It's a great showcase of artwork from the author and collection of other art. The primary focus is to help designers present work with the greatest impact, fast.

Fans of copic markers will love this one.

Back of the book:

Visualizing and presenting your ideas convincingly is an indispensable part of day-to-day design, even in our age of digital design processes. No presentation is complete without layouts, storyboards or spontaneous sketches, often crucial to the outcome. No computer software, however good it is, can replace the non-computerized marker!

In this book, Gregor Krisztian and Nesrin Schlempp-Ülker explore and explain basic layout techniques, giving expert tips and demonstrating useful tricks employed by professionals. They show you how to present your ideas quickly and effectively, illustrating all stages of work with clear examples from teaching and practice. This will be an indispensable reference work for all professional designers and students – indeed, for anyone who wishes to present their ideas successfully and skilfully.

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A friend was telling me about

A friend was telling me about this book (Book Review: Visualizing Ideas: From Scribbles to Storyboards) and especially the cityscape spread you show. So in googling around came across your blog and I am really enjoying it. Also I shall be stopping in Singapore in 2013 and will be checking out some of the places appearing in the various sketches that you show. I love your list of books reviewed, it is very helpful as I know that your views should coincide with my tastes. I am a commercial interiors illustrator and reqally I should be doing more real life sketching. Your blog is a very good help for me. Thanks Ben

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