THE TWIN CITIES hosted An Event Apart last week, featuring leading speakers in web design, development, web typography and experience design. AEA inspired my design practice and provided opportunities to meet many new friends in the design community.
Milwaukee friends Kris Hunt and Paula Clemons attended AEA and invited me to ride along from Milwaukee to Minneapolis to test out their new Subaru (Road trip!). We ended the trip meeting Kevin Farner at Target Field at the Twins vs. Red Sox game.
Patrick Rhone and his wife Bethany invited me to stay with them in St. Paul while in town, and we had a great time together. I loved their 1885 victorian home, their cute daughter and got to experience a slice of life in the Twin Cities.
But best of all, I thoroughly enjoyed talking nerdy Mac, pen and book stuff with Patrick and meeting fellow nerd and St. Paul Pioneer Press tech writer Julio Oheda-Zapata during my down time.
I was brought in to sketchnote the event by Jeffrey Zeldman and the AEA team, and it went well. With each sketchnoting assignment, the challenge is to find a balance between too little and too much information on the page. My approach is to capture ideas with type, images and text, finding a mix of those elements as I capture presentations in real time.
Download the AEA Sketchnotes PDF
You can download a 6.5 MB PDF version of these notes, convenient for printing or viewing on an iPad. Thanks to An Event Apart for hosting the download.
AEA Sketchnotes on Flickr
I've included the event's sketchnotes, separated by speaker with links to each section below (click the images to see the higher res versions on Flickr.)
Jeffrey Zeldman - Content First!
Jason Santa Maria - On Web Typography
Richard Rutter - Detail in Web Typography
Luke Wroblewski - Mobile Web Design Moves
Eric Meyer - Using Flexible Boxes
Jeremy Keith - Design Principles
Kristina Halvorson - A Content Strategy Roadmap
Andy Clarke - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Jared Spool - The Secret Lives of Links
Enjoy & Share
I hope you enjoy my AEA Minneapolis Sketchnotes. Feel free to use the embedding features of Flickr to include favorite images in your own blog posts and feel free to share these on Twitter. Sketchnotes are made to be enjoyed!
Sketchnoting Photo by Kris Hunt