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37signals' REWORK Book Illustrations

This week, Jason, David and the team at 37signals have launched a site for REWORK, their new business book being released on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010.

I'm proud to say that I'm the illustrator for REWORK!

How'd That Happen?

I've been connected with Jason since 2007, after sketchnoting SEED 1, SEED 3 and Jason's solo talk at Milwaukee's Discovery World in September 2008.

Jason contacted me in September 2009 about illustrating the essays that make up REWORK, in my signature black & white sketchnote style.

Of course, I said yes!

When the project was complete, there were 88 sketchnote illustrations created, along with custom sketchnote typography for each of the chapter breaks.

Creating that many illustrations for conceptual essays, all geared to work together was quite a challenge. It was also a ton of fun.

Thanks for choosing me Jason and David — I truly appreciate it.

Illustration Samples

Here are 6 sample illustrations from REWORK — you can see the entire set of 88 illustrations in the REWORK Flickr set.

Planning is Guessing







Check out the REWORK site and order REWORK today!

Reader Comments (11)

Nice work, Mike! I'm looking forward to reading the book and seeing all your illustrations.
January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Topley

Congrats on the great gig. I've already preordered the book, and that was BEFORE I knew you were the illustrator.

The designs look great, and I can't wait to see the other eighty-four!

Congrats - and be ready for the increased demand for your time.

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom Nagle
Congrats Mike. They look great! Our office already has an order in. I'm sure your illustrations will compliment the essays perfectly.
January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustin
Wow - amazing to illustrations and just preordered the book. Big fans of the 37signals guys so can't wait to receive the book to devour their words and your awesome doodles :-)
January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDK
John, Tom, Justin & DK, thanks so much for your kind words! I'm very pleased with how they've turned out as well.

I'd love to hear your feedback once you've seen all 90 pieces in the book itself. :-)
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

Congratulations!!! Will you be autographing copies of the book?

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Clarkin
BIG congratulations, Mike! I'm sure the book will be all the better with your beautiful illustrations.
January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney Hess
@Larry @Whitney thanks for your encouragement! I can't wait for you guys to see the book in final published form.

And yes Larry, I'd love to autograph a copy for you -- bring it to the April Web414 meeting. :-)
January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
I noticed this a little late, Mike, but let me way congratulations, too. Like many others here, I'm a big fan of 37signals products and it's wonderful that you got this assignment. Looking forward to seeing the book!
January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Nilson
Thanks Todd! I'm very excited, hard to believe the book is only about 6 weeks away now. I'll be very interested in hearing your feedback.
January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

Richard Wanderman sent me your link to your new book project. I love visual thinking and teach sketchbooks for all ages (mainly adults now), I'm popular among the 60 and 70 year olds.... Anyway I offer some of my images for your consideration in your new book. Please see and "A Life in 68 Sketchbooks" at
Thanks, Ken

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen O'Connell

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