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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 168 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (Sept. 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321734793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321734792
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.4 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Garr Reynolds is the author of two best-selling books: Presentation Zen Design and Presentation Zen. The latter is the bestselling presentation book to date with over 100,000 copies sold and translated into 17 languages. A leading authority on presentation design and delivery and sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, musician, and long-time student of the zen arts, he is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and Director of Design Matters Japan. Garrs popular blog on presentation design and delivery is at

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa08d2120) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa097ebd0) out of 5 stars Very nice design with an elegant beauty to it... Sept. 25 2010
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I'm not sure that "book review" is the right term to use for reviewing Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen Sketchbook, as book reviews usually involve thoughts about the *content* of a book. But this book *has* no content, as it's designed to allow you to write and sketch your own thoughts, ideas, and images for your next project or presentation. In terms of blank page books, this is one of the nicest and most interesting ones that I have. While it demands to be used, I almost don't want to write in it as it feels like I'd be marring its beauty. Yes, I *do* have issues to deal with... :)

The Presentation Zen Sketchbook is a spiral-bound moleskine-style notebook that alternates between blank pages and storyboard-formatted pages. If you know anything about Reynolds and his Presentation Zen concepts, you'll immediately understand the reason for this. Rather than create a presentation by immediately going to the computer, he prefers to jot down ideas and images in an analog format to eliminate the forced constraints of a presentation tool like PowerPoint or KeyNote. By putting pencil to paper, he can play around on the page and formulate his message better than trying to make it appear on screen first. This sketchbook gives you the same opportunity to create in that fashion, using basic tools you can take with you anywhere.

I mentioned the "beauty" of this sketchbook, and you might be wondering why I get excited over plain blank pages. In this case, they're not completely blank. Every couple of pages, you'll find some sort of surprise waiting for you. It may be a quote from Presentation Zen or some simple yet graceful image of a plant or flower. They are scattered in their location on the page, yet they don't intrude on the blank canvas you have for your creation. After anywhere from eight to ten blank pages, you'll find from eight to ten storyboard-formatted pages, eight squares to a page. You can think of them as your analog PowerPoint tool, or sticky notes that don't move around on the page. Either way, the combination of the two types of page formats is perfect for preparing your next presentation or talk.

This may be the first blank book that I've actually gone through page by page, looking for the quotes and images. :)

If you're a writer or presenter who easily falls in love with paper, books, writing utensils, and all the other "tools of the trade", I think you'll love the Presentation Zen Sketchbook. I only wish I had a case of them here in my office so I wouldn't feel like it was such a big decision about what project I'll allocate this particular one to...

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa097efd8) out of 5 stars A Must Have Addition to Any Presentation Designers Tools Oct. 1 2010
By Jade Curtiss - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
If you truly appreciate Presentation design, you will understand the principle that you need to take time away from the computer, be it at your Mac or PC in order to sketch out your ideas and thoughts clearly. Great presentation design comes from within and sitting in front of the computer with a blank slide starring at you can limit your imagination.

Nancy Duarte another great presentation expert said 'The Applications are simply containers for ideas and assets, not the means to generate them." she is right you need something else pen and paper? sticky notes? No forget them, Garr Reynolds the creator of this Sketchbook and one of the world's leading experts in presentation design and delivery has made your life easier for sketching and noting down all your good ideas.

I believe that an analog approach to creating presentations helps oneself to simplify the message you are trying to convey by adding powerful meaning as you can visualise the ideas and the needs of your audience. I feel strongly that this can not be done by solely using a computer throughout the design process.

I use to have walls of sticky notes scattered all over my office, it was effective but it looks messy and it's not ideal when clients come to visit. You have to take them all down. In this beautifully produced sketchbook Garr has provided neat little square boxes, there are 8 per page for designing your slide ideas or the points you want to capture. No more messy office.

A small written quote on the bottom a plain sketching page in this book says 'As you prepare a presentation, exercise restraint and keep these three words in mind always: simplicity, clarity, brevity." This sketch book helps you accomplish these principles and serves to provide you with help as you move through the pages learning and gaining inspiration from similar beautiful put quotes. There are also some beautiful little illustrations attached to some of the quotes.

This book is a presenters DREAM! I bought 3 because there is nothing like this anywhere in the world. I can't thank Garr enough for spending the time to produce this and share it with the world. Not only can this help presenters but it could also be very useful to web designers, graphic designers, illustrators & anybody who is involved in being creative during their working processes.

Buy it today, you won't be disappointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa097f06c) out of 5 stars Great for presentation designers May 4 2011
By Russell R. Corrie - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Purchasing this product seemed like a waste of money initially - I mean, I can easily create a storyboard on my Mac. However, once I received it and began using it, I definitely saw the value. It's the perfect size for sketching out presentations and can even be used for other situations as well (web layout, process mapping, etc.). There are several pages of boxes for the storyboard as well as regular blank pages.

Overall, this is definitely not a necessity for presentation designers, however, it definitely makes the creation process more interesting and fun.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa097edf8) out of 5 stars Useful and well designed... April 18 2011
By Chris Reich - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
The reviewer who said this was exactly right! I too would like to buy a case...

"If you're a writer or presenter who easily falls in love with paper, books, writing utensils, and all the other "tools of the trade", I think you'll love the Presentation Zen Sketchbook. I only wish I had a case of them here in my office so I wouldn't feel like it was such a big decision about what project I'll allocate this particular one to... "

I cheat to post those those words but they express my thoughts too exactly to change!

Chris Reich
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa097f0fc) out of 5 stars Very small story boards Sept. 26 2012
By Frequent Amazon'er - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
While I am not a student of the author's works, this for my use was a non starter. There are 8 boxes per page, and each one is 1.5" x 2.125". I can only draft up something that small with a magnifying glass, others that are more detailed orientated might find it useful.
I gave it 3 stars as a neutral rating, it is not a bad product, just one that I cannot use.