Presentation Zen Sketchbook Spiral-bound – Sep 13 2010
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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 www.presentationzen.com.
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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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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.
Overall, this is definitely not a necessity for presentation designers, however, it definitely makes the creation process more interesting and fun.
"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!
I gave it 3 stars as a neutral rating, it is not a bad product, just one that I cannot use.