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8 Questions on Art Direction, Design & Sketchnotes

Mike Rohde Portrait: Cream BricksSeveral months ago, my friend Larry Wright asked if I'd be up for a detailed interview about design, art direction and sketchnotes. I loved the idea and agreed, responding to Larry's questions via email.

We met at the first SEED conference in 2007 and we've kept in contact since. As a developer, Larry is fascinated by design and after sitting next to me as I produced the SEED 1 sketchnotes, was curious about the sketchote process.

Here are some excerpts from the interview, first, my thoughts on art direction:

"In my view, an 'Art Director' is a designer with a 50,000 foot meta view of design projects they work on. They are involved all the way from listening to the client and stakeholders on a project, through the conception of an idea to the design, development and production the idea."

On my design process:

"Once I understand the challenge, I read my notes, and synthesize the goals for sketching. I use pencil sketches to help work out ideas that can solve the challenges I’m facing. These sketches are presented to clients with what I call “rationale notes” explaining the whys of my design concepts."

And on my sketchnotes:

"I find taking notes and sketching really reinforce what I’m capturing in my head as a speaker talks. Sketchnotes are not meant to be word-for-word stenographer notes, but interpretive. I capture what I feel is important, which makes sketchnotes personal."

The full interview: Mike Rohde - Designer, Blogger, Sketchnote Artist is available at Larry's site. Do check it out and consider following Larry Wright on Twitter!

Thanks Larry!

Reader Comments (4)

Thanks for doing the interview Mike, it turned out great!
January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Wright
Thanks Larry, it was an honor.
January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Great interview Mike! I hope you do something even cooler with your coffee tunes and sketch notes. Maybe a coffee table book or something else cool!
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Gerbyshak
Thanks Phil, I'm working on ideas for using my sketchnote and sketchtoon art in different ways in 2009. :-)
January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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