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Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas, Third Edition

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Rapid Viz, Third Edition: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas provides hands-on instruction on quick sketching skills and techniques that allow you to picture your ideas mentally, and then quickly convert those thoughts into visual reality on a piece of paper. The method is not designed to help you become a master illustrator, but rather a visual thinker and communicator. Emphasizing speed and simplicity, the Rapid Viz method breaks down drawing to the essentials, teaching the fundamental techniques of graphic art and design using only the simplest of tools: felt-tip pens or pencils and paper. Using a minimum amount of time, trouble, and effort, Rapid Viz enables you to nail down your ideas onto paper, rapidly converting your thoughts while they are still fresh, and then polish them for clear visual communication with others.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Rapid Viz—Not Another Drawing Book
    1. Earlier Education Can Hamper Our Thinking
    2. About This Book
    3. Goals of the Rapid Viz Technique
      1. Another Way of Learning
      2. Intuition vs. Logic
    4. Getting the Most Out of This Book
    5. What You Need to Get Started
    6. Exercises
      1. Exercise I.1
      2. Exercise I.2
      3. Exercise I.3
      4. Exercise I.4
      5. Exercise I.5
      6. Exercise I.6
      7. Exercise I.7
      8. Exercise I.8
  3. 1. Perspective
    1. The Box Method
      1. One-Point Perspective
      2. Two-Point Perspective
      3. Three-Point Perspective
      4. The Three Kinds of Perspective Summarized
      5. Key Principles of Perspective
        1. Exercise 1.1
        2. Exercise 1.2
      6. Drawing One-Point Boxes
      7. Drawing Two-Point Boxes
      8. Drawing Three-Point Boxes
        1. Exercise 1.3
        2. Exercise 1.4
        3. Exercise 1.5
      9. Dividing a Square
        1. Exercise 1.6
      10. Units of Measurement
        1. Exercise 1.7
      11. Adding Squares
        1. Exercise 1.8
      12. Multiplying Squares
        1. Exercise 1.9
        2. Exercise 1.10
      13. Adding Boxes Vertically
        1. Exercise 1.11
      14. Assorted Boxes
        1. Exercise 1.12
      15. Different Views
        1. Exercise 1.13
      16. Visualizing the Object
        1. Exercise 1.14
      17. Complicated Objects
        1. Exercise 1.15
      18. Drawing Cube Shelving
        1. Exercise 1.16
      19. Drawing a Chair
        1. Exercise 1.17
      20. Drawing a Sofa
        1. Exercise 1.18
      21. Drawing Other Objects
        1. Exercise 1.19
      22. Drawing a Building
        1. Exercise 1.20
      23. Drawing Interiors
        1. Exercise 1.21
      24. Drawing Basic Shapes
        1. Circles and Ellipses
        2. Exercise 1.22
        3. Spheres
        4. Exercise 1.23
        5. Cylinders and Cones
        6. Exercise 1.24
        7. Exercise 1.25
        8. Exercise 1.26
        9. Exercise 1.27
        10. Exercise 1.28
        11. Exercise 1.29
        12. Exercise 1.30
        13. Exercise 1.31
    2. The Grid Method
      1. Drawing Buildings and Landscapes
        1. Exercise 1.32
    3. Contour Lines
      1. Exercise 1.33
      2. Exercise 1.34
      3. Exercise 1.35
      4. Exercise 1.36
      5. Exercise 1.37
    4. Shading
      1. Exercise 1.38
      2. Exercise 1.39
      3. Exercise 1.40
      4. Curved Surfaces
      5. Exercise 1.41
      6. Reflected Light
      7. Exercise 1.42
      8. Light Against Dark
      9. Exercise 1.43
      10. Exercise 1.44
      11. Exercise 1.45
      12. Exercise 1.46
      13. Exercise 1.47
    5. Shadows
      1. Exercise 1.48
      2. Shadows for Complicated Objects
      3. Exercise 1.49
      4. Shadows over Objects
      5. Exercise 1.50
      6. Exercise 1.51
      7. Exercise 1.52
    6. Rapid Viz Shadows and Shading
    7. Reflections
      1. Exercise 1.53
      2. Exercise 1.54
      3. Exercise 1.55
      4. Exercise 1.56
      5. Exercise 1.57
    8. Color
      1. Rapid Viz Principles Governing Use of Color
      2. Drawing with Color
        1. Exercise 1.58
        2. Exercise 1.59
  4. 2. Rapid Indication
    1. Keys to Successful Rapid Indication
      1. People
      2. Hands
      3. Plants and Foliage
      4. Lettering
      5. Arrows
      6. Other Indicated Elements
    2. Exercises
      1. Exercise 2.1
      2. Exercise 2.2
      3. Exercise 2.3
      4. Exercise 2.4
      5. Exercise 2.5
      6. Exercise 2.6
      7. Exercise 2.7
      8. Exercise 2.8
      9. Exercise 2.9
      10. Exercise 2.10
      11. Exercise 2.11
      12. Exercise 2.12
  5. 3. The Visualization Process
    1. Key Steps in the Rapid Viz Process
      1. Develop Your Speed
      2. Know Your Audience
      3. Follow the Process
    2. The Rapid Viz Process
      1. Stage 1: Thumbnails
        1. Quantity
        2. Outer Proportion
        3. Order of Importance
        4. Point of View
        5. Negative/Positive Shape Relationships
        6. Value Relationships
        7. Perceptual Tendencies
      2. Stage 2: Transparencies
        1. Redraw at Full Scale
        2. Refine the Drawing
        3. Transparent Shapes
        4. Emphasis
        5. Errors
      3. Stage 3: The Final Drawing
        1. Context
        2. Color
        3. Backtrack—Developing Viewer Involvement
        4. Line Quality
        5. Mounting
        6. Presenting the Finished Drawing
    3. Exercises
      1. Exercise 3.1
      2. Exercise 3.2
  6. 4. Graphic Expression
    1. New Symbols
    2. Applying Graphic Expression
      1. Communication
      2. Recollection
      3. Creativity
    3. Mastering Graphic Expression
      1. Choosing the Appropriate Symbol
      2. Deciding the Level of Abstraction
      3. Finding the Essence
    4. Creating Graphic Symbols
    5. Exercises
      1. Exercise 4.1
      2. Exercise 4.2
      3. Exercise 4.3
      4. Exercise 4.4
      5. Exercise 4.5
      6. Exercise 4.6
      7. Exercise 4.7
  7. 5. Graphic Creation
    1. Ideas Don’t Come from Nothing
      1. Imagination
      2. Creative Ideas
      3. The Metaphor
    2. Collective Creativity for Groups or Individuals
      1. Rules for Finding Creative Solutions
    3. Exercises
      1. Exercise 5.1
      2. Exercise 5.2
        1. Exercise 5.3
        2. Exercise 5.4
        3. Exercise 5.5
        4. Exercise 5.6
        5. Exercise 5.7
        6. Exercise 5.8
        7. Exercise 5.9
        8. Exercise 5.10
        9. Exercise 5.11
        10. Exercise 5.12
  8. 6. Learning with Visuals
    1. Visuals Aid Understanding
    2. How To Take Visual Notes
    3. Mark Twain—A Visual Note-Taking Pioneer
    4. Why Visuals Work
      1. Forming a Unique Mental Image
      2. Providing a General Overview
      3. Simplifying Concepts
      4. Creating Mental Order
    5. The Importance of Your Own Visuals
    6. Rapid Viz Aids Learning and Recall
    7. Exercises
      1. Exercise 6.1
      2. Exercise 6.2
      3. Exercise 6.3
      4. Exercise 6.4
  9. A. Additional Exercises
    1. Exercise A.1
    2. Exercise A.2
    3. Exercise A.3
    4. Exercise A.4
    5. Exercise A.5
    6. Exercise A.6
    7. Exercise A.7
    8. Exercise A.8
    9. Exercise A.9
    10. Exercise A.10
    11. Exercise A.11
    12. Exercise A.12
    13. Exercise A.13
    14. Exercise A.14
    15. Exercise A.15
  10. B. Suggested Readings
  11. Credits