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Writing can be a challenge for many of us, but especially for artists and designers, who tend to be more visual than verbal. Writing for Visual Thinkers: A Guide for Artists and Designers is an e-book designed to help people who think in pictures—a segment of learners that by some estimates includes almost 30 percent of the population—gain skills and confidence in their writing abilities.

Authored by Andrea Marks and developed by AIGA, the professional association for design, this beautifully designed e-book takes full advantage of its rich media format with a wealth of images and links to articles, books, websites, blogs, wikis, video, and audio podcasts. Written with the visual thinker in mind, Marks offers a feast for the eyes—from Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks to video of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road scroll—adding depth and dimension to the written word and encouraging readers to explore their thoughts and ideas in text.
Writing for Visual Thinkers approaches the craft of writing from many directions, all with the ultimate goal of unblocking the reader’s verbal potential. It offers a guide to mind mapping, concept mapping, freewriting, brainwriting, word lists and outlines, as well as provides student examples, tips on writing grant proposals, reasons for keeping a blog and more. Critique methods, criticism, narrative and storytelling, hypertext, editing, graphic novels and comics, and many more topics round out this groundbreaking book. Both experimental and pragmatic, Marks’s methods will result in stronger, more verbally confident artists and designers.

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