About Dan

I believe that any problem can be solved with a picture – and that anyone of us can draw it. We just need to kick our brilliant visual mind back into gear.

The Napkin Academy is my comprehensive and expanding online training program for visual thinking, creative problem-solving, and clear communications. Through entertaining videos and engaging live lessons, you will learn specific, repeatable, and simple lessons to clarify complexity, banish confusion, and defeat communications challenges.

Start with Red.

As a novice visual thinker, you'll start with the Red Belt lessons of my first book, "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures." Here you will learn how to become a friend with our visual mind, how to recognize the underlying visual elements of all ideas, and how to draw the six elemental pictures that explain anything.

Advance through Yellow.

As you advance to Yellow Belt, you'll cover the advanced lessons of my vivid communications book, "Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don't Work." Here you will learn how to replace verbal complexity with visual clarity, how to vividly combine words and pictures, and how to apply visual grammar to all forms of communications.

Excel with Black.

As a Black Belt, you'll master the breakthrough presentation tools of my newest book, "Show & Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations." Here you will learn the highest-level tools of visual communications, including how to find your own visual truth, how to take advantage of the four essential presentation storylines, and how to captivate any audience through the magic of visual presenting.

Work with me live online.

In the Live Lessons module, I share a new live visual thinking lesson every month, as well as new tools, rules, and real-world case-studies. Finally, the Student Work module is where you share your own thoughts, insights, sketches, problems, and solutions with each me – and with all other Napkin Associates.

So please join me now at the Napkin Academy, where together we teach the world to see.

Dan Roam
The Back of the Napkin
The Back of the Napkin
An instant classic, this has become the most popular visual business book of all time. By introducing visual thinking to business, it was heralded by BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and the London Times as "the innovation and creativity book of the year" and is now available in 29 languages.
Blah Blah Blah
Blah Blah Blah
A master-class in "Vivid Thinking," this book introduced a complete visual grammar toolkit. By providing a simple method for combining pictures with words, this book raised the bar on visual communications and has become a required text at leading American universities.
Show & Tell
Show & Tell
My simplest yet most advanced book yet, Show and Tell distills twenty-five years of visual presentation experience into four basic but exceptionally useful chapters: how to tell the truth, how to tell it with a story, how to tell that story with pictures, and how to present without worry.