October 2017 Recommended Reading List – This month’s topic: Visualization & Creativity


If you've seen Kreatives in action you know our work wouldn't fly without visuals. The pen is the most magical tool we have to inspire new thoughts, distill messy content and give life to vibrant ideas. This month's reading list is meant to trigger you to pick up the pen and start exploring new ways of associating and connecting dots. Have fun! 


1. Show and Tell by Dan Roam

If you tell a story – tell it with pictures. Even if you’re already a good speaker, you’ll learn more about understanding your audience, organizing your content, building a clear story line, creating effective visuals, and channeling your fear into fun.


2. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process.


3.Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organization Change by David Sibbet

Visual Leaders explores how leaders can support visioning and strategy formation, planning and management, and organizationchange through the application of visual meeting and visual team methodologies organization wide—literally "trans-forming" communications and people's sense of what is possible. 



4. Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work by Dan Roam

Through dozens of guided examples, Roam proves that anyone can apply this systematic approach, from leftbrain types who hate to draw to right-brainers who hate to write. This isn't just a book about improving communications, presentations, and ideation; it's about removing the blah-blah- blah from your life for good.


5. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David and Tom Kelley

IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.


6. Your next journal

Seriously. Pick up a pen a draw the undrawn. The biggest inspiration is waiting on the next page. Don't bring us lame excuse.

Our tip: Get rid of all the paper with lines or grids. You wanna think outside the box. Blank Paper is king!


Oh yeah, btw. I had my proud moment a few weeks ago. This is Dan Roam and me rocking visuals side by side at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. 

Franzi Sessler