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Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Earlier this month, BusinessWeek revealed its list of 10 best innovation and design books for 2008. Before I looked at the list, I wondered if I would recognize the titles of any of the books or by chance if I had read any.

 Well, I had only heard of one book on the list and I already read it:

The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam

I really enjoyed the book.  Dan talks about visual thinking and explains how to solve business problems with pictures.  Speaking of pictures, the book is packed with them.  Most times no more than 2 pages go by before you encounter the next drawing.  But this is not just a book filled with pictures, the text supports the learning very well.  From this book, I gained better confidence so that I don’t worry so much how my pictures look as long as they keep the communication going.

Now I have to decide which of the other nine I will read next.

For those interested in innovation in general or those looking to innovate in the world of genealogy, check out the list.


1 Comment »

  1. Mark, I just finished reading *Back of the Napkin.^ As a ‘Black Pen’ type, I couldn’t wait to dive into it. I found the questions on the step-by-step visual thinking process (pp. 39-43) to be very helpful. There is no new information here, but the questions help me organize a checklist that can serve as a touchstone. The surprise was that Dan Roam gave permission to spread out. Thank God. The question is always, ‘How do you organize your information so you can find it easily?’ I don’t have a problem with this AFTER the project is finished, but what about DURING the project? I’m even rethinking whether I should downsize to a smaller home. I would be interested in any other reading material that helps with the analytical process that you have to recommend.

    Comment by Rondina P. Muncy — 13 Jan 2009 @ 10:11 am

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