I highly recommend doing the drills on grid or dot paper and using brush pens or an old school calligraphy pen to make it easier.
The easy to read and intuitive guidebook is gold spiral bound and features large practice pages to keep all your work in a single place. Unlike various 'How to Draw' books I've used in the past, Hand Lettering is modern, cleanly designed and modeled like the practice script workbooks used in primary school - well at least when I was growing up..
Projects are included toward the later section of the book to tie together the fundamentals and put into practice all the skills developed through each progressive exercise.
Hand Lettering 101 is ideal for novices in freehand lettering., The intuitive layout and practical written exercises progressively build confidence in creative script and developing unique type fonts. Definitely a must-have for planner and scrap booking hobbyists and those craving to re-learn script.
Little Black Book, written by Otegha Uwagba, the founder of Women Who, is a must read for every working woman. I had discovered this book on Career Girl Daily's Instagram last Autumn and picked it up as I was going through some testing times at work.
This handy pocket sized book is packed to the brim with practical advice on everything from productivity to managing your business.
Easy to read and tote around, this book is the perfect secret desk reference for those moments when you need a pep talk or enlightenment.
The quote that resonated the most with me was in reference to team dynamics and politics. Happy to say, I've adopted this attitude to get through the most challenging days.
"A rising tide lifts all boats."
Ever since I trained in product and design thinking, I've been extremely interested in how the practice is applied in different fields and how it's been used to solve problems, develop and manage product. Visual Leaders strongly appealed to me. As a visual learner and a lateral thinker (I revel in making connections with unrelated ideas and developing various combinations of possibilities!) the book was very intuitive in layout, language and illustration. In fact, there were some pages that resembled my jotter pad! If you're new to visual articulation and are more linear in your thought processes, Visual Leaders may be difficult to grasp initially, but as you progress through the book, your mind will become more open and critical thinking evolves. For us lateral thinkers, the book provides us with frameworks to organize our thoughts so we can be better understood.
The tools I found most useful for product design and development are the Cover Story Vision and Graphic Gameplan. The first, forces the user and team to prioritize and think of the broader context - allowing the group to see the big picture and the parts to breakdown. The later, is great for summarizing key findings and developing actionable plans. These two tools can be easily applied to a group and individual setting. Much like planning an essay, these templates make tackling large problems/projects/product development easier and tangible, and really force big picture thinking. Additionally, they can easily be adapted for projects (design, strategic and everything in between) and personal/career development, and used and iterated at any stage of the design cycle.Si
Most of all what I love about this book are the visual tools and layout which makes it easy to cross reference. Reading from cover to cover, it's very easy. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have a spiral bound spine which would be handy because I use this as a desk reference when I am planning meetings, ideation sessions and designing products.
Visual Leaders will help elevate your management style. The various tools are geared towards aligning your team to a common goal and visually break down how to achieve objectives with solid deliverables. The insights into critical thinking also help garner understanding of various points of views and how to masticulate them into something actionable.
Bonafide beauty industry expert who loves product and design