I picked it up because I love to draw.
No, that’s not right. I picked it up because I’m wired visually.
That’s better. But not quite it either. I picked it up because I’m a preacher and sometimes words don’t seem to work.
Maybe it’s all of the above. I picked it up because… because I believe words and pictures can work together to help people understand important things.
Some stuff that stuck out in Blah Blah Blah:
- Seventy-five percent of our brains are wired for processing visual stimuli. So why do we put so much emphasis on words?
- Too many words = blah blah blah. We start to tune out. Add the right picture to the right words, and BINGO! You’ve got clarity. Ironically, Dam Roam is a master wordsmith.
- We learn to read along with pictures. And then, just when the pictures are getting useful, we take them away and tell children pictures are less intelligent than words are.
- We spend twelve years learning verbal grammar, and practically no time learning visual grammar. The cool part is, in Blah Blah Blah, Dan Roam gives us an unforgettable crash course in visual grammar and the tools to begin using it every day.
- Understanding visual grammar empowers us to know what kind of picture to draw, when, and for what reasons.
Have you read any good books lately? Do tell!