Top 10 Reading List for the Visual Thinker in You what other Visual Thinkers are reading?  We surveyed members of our SmartDraw community and created this list of the top 10 must reads.

The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam

Dan Roam’s Back of the Napkin has inspired many to cover their white boards in doodles with meaning. Whether you believe your artistic or not, this book will give you a new set of communication tools for your next meeting. It might even enhance your dictionary skills.

Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet

In this book you’ll see meetings as David Sibbet sees them, eye-opening opportunities to discover what people really think.  The ability to visually record and facilitate meeting will enhance your role as a meeting leader and participant.  After reading it you’ll see a whole new side of business.

Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics by Nathan Yau

Data must be presented in a way that enables us to analyze, apply, and interpret.  The best way to achieve this is visually. In this book you’ll discover innovative and creative ways to telling a story with data presented visually.

The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently by Sunni Brown

Countless breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, architecture, literature, and art have been made based on a doodle. In this inspiring, empowering book, Brown guides you from the basic Doodle all the way to the formidable “Infodoodle.”  You’ll discover how to transform boring text into diagrams that can engage any audience.

Design for Information by Isabel Mierelles

Isabel Mirerlle’s book Design for Information critically examines both current and historic other design solutions enabling you to gain a larger understanding of how to solve specific problems. This book will teach you the ins and outs of data visualization through the use of examining a series of current visualization case studies.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of presenting data, facts, and figures by Dona M. Wong

Dona M. Wong, a student of the information graphics pioneer Edward Tufte, has essentially created “the” handbook of how to create information graphics.  In this book, you will learn all there is to know from how to choose the best chart that fits your data to the most effective way to communicate with decision makers when you have five minutes of their time to using color effectively.

Everything Explained Through Flowcharts by Doogie Horner

According to Doogie Horner, book designer and stand-up comic, everything in the seemingly random universe can be connected, charted, comprehended, and ultimately conquered. This entertaining book is your one-stop decision-making handbook that will bring clarity to life’s greatest mysteries.

Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

In this book you’ll learn about a proven program for enhancing students’ comprehension and thinking abilities that begun at Harvard’s Project Zero. Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible Thinking is a varied collection of practices. These practices helps direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion promoting engagement and understanding.

Visual Thinking Strategies by Philip Yenawine

The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching methodology provides an open-ended yet highly structured discussions of visual art that significantly increases students critical thinking, language, and literacy skills.  Philip Yenawine, former education director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and co-creator of the VTS curriculum, shows how VTS can be easily and effectively integrated into the classroom curriculum in just ten hours of a school year resulting in a learner-centered environment.

The Sketchnote Handbook Author: Mike Rohde

Regardless of your artistic abilities, Rohde shows you how to incorporate sketchnoting techniques into your note-taking process.  He also addresses most people’s fear of drawing by showing, step-by-step, how to quickly draw people, faces, type, and simple objects for effective and fast sketchnoting. You’ll be able to increase your ability to process the information that you are hearing and seeing through drawing.