THE SECOND EPISODE of The Sketchnote Podcast went live today, so it's time to give you a little background on this extension of The Sketchnote Handbook and share what's coming in future episodes for the next few months.
Here's episode 1 - Sketching Concepts:
Origins of The Sketchnote Podcast
I've been a huge fan of podcasts since 2004, mainly listing to audio podcasts when I drive, walk, mow the lawn or shovel the walk. I've played with the medium a few years back, but it never made sense to produce a continuous podcast without a great topic as the focus.
So, when Peachpit pitched the idea of a video podcast as a way to extend the teachings from The Sketchnote Handbook, I knew I had the right topic, medium and timing to make something really cool. I got Brian Artka, my friend and video master from the book videos to help create the podcasts, and said yes.
Brian and I agreed to create 10 episodes, featuring three types of episodes: interviews, sketching ideas and critiques of reader sketchnotes.
Brian and I wanted to continue the alternative approach started with the Sketchnote Handbook video, by shooting every podcast with a 5D Mk II in a documentary style. On a lark, I decided to include my iPhone with The Sketchnote Handbook logo as a unique way to mark each podcast.
We've also been trying to use different techniques — drawing in a pocket Moleskine with a gel pen, and then a sharpie, doing critiques, interviews and drawing techniques on the iPad as well. As we continue to shoot these episodes, we're improving the details and nailing down the best practices.
Podcast Release Schedule
We've now created 8 of 10 episodes — 2 more to shoot. We've released episode 2 today and will be releasing the remaining episodes every 2 weeks through May. We've shot an interview with Sacha Chua on digital sketchnoting, critiques of 2 more sketchnotes, and 3 sketching concepts and sketching serif type.
Here's the current list of upcoming episodes:
- EP01 - Sketching Concepts
- EP02 - Critique w/ Gabe Anzelini
- EP03 - Sacha Chua Interview
- EP04 - Sketching Concepts 2
- EP05 - Critique w/ Andrea Pietkiewicz
- EP06 - Sketching Concepts 3
- EP07 - Critique w/ Jake Palmer
- EP08 - Drawing Serif Type
- EP09 - TBD
- EP10 - TBD
Podcast Feedback and Suggestions
If we get good feedback on these, there is a great chance Peachpit will extend a contract with Brian and I to make more of them.
Finally, be sure to check out and join the Sketchnote Handbook Flickr Group. There are some great samples of reader work there, which we will be using for future critiques — maybe yours can be one of those!