The book can help in the visual thinking process when planning your visuals and is loaded with sketching techniques—basic techniques that are easy to learn and fun to use.
But specifically, how does the book apply to BBP?
There is a tendency when planning the visual channel in BBP to want to skip over the sketching of each slide and jump right into looking for the graphics to use. But sketching your ideas is a vital part in planning the visual channel in the BBP process.
Sketching the slides may seem like an extra step and you may think, “I’m not a good drawer” anyhow. But sketching your slides first will usually save time in the long run. Sometimes it’s even easier (and quicker) to draw an idea than to try to find a represented graphic.
Sketching used (when appropriate) within a presentation can be another dimension of engagement between the presenter and audience. Roam says in the book that people like seeing other people’s pictures—hand-drawn.
A concern with live sketching is it could be poorly drawn live and that it could disrupt the flow of the presentation. Avoid this by scanning or taking a picture of the sketch and incorporating it into the presentation. You’ll still have the hand-drawn appeal. You could also insert a picture taken of you beginning to sketch with the scanned sketches.
The visual thinking and sketching ideas in the book are certainly a benefit in the BBP process.
If you’ve read the book what are your impressions of the book; and how are you using, or how do you plan to use Back of The Napkin with BBP? Leave a post and let me know!
(Randy Meyer is a BBP Online member and contributor to the BBP Blog.)