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Dispatch: A Sunny Spring Update!


It's a cold, but sunny spring in Milwaukee, and I'm excited to be doing the Dispatch again! If you're new to this newsletter, welcome.

Here's what I've been up to:

I've been testing out a visual work schedule (see in the photo above). The idea of creating a daily visual schedule came from Cal Newport. I've adapted it for the last few weeks as a way to keep my workday on track in my Bullet Journal. It works great!

I was a guest of Piktochart for a Sketchnotes 101 Blab session (a video conferencing platform) and had a fantastic time! You can watch a replay of the session or read Jacqueline Jensen's recap.

I've been considering what to do next with the 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge book project now that the book with Peachpit is cancelled. I've spoken to other publishers and have been considering my options. I've made no decisions yet, but whatever I choose to do, you'll hear about it here first. Stay tuned!

This edition of The Rohdesign Dispatch has been redesigned, with a lighter, brighter look and feel, thanks to Chimp Essentials from Paul Jarvis. Let me know what you think of the new design.

It feels great to be back!

Interesting Links

♥ Guide to Choosing a Felt Tip Marker Pen - Another fantastic resource from on how to find the right felt tip marker.

♥ Strategic Paper Replacement: iPad Pro & Apple Pencil - Joe, the Gentleman Stationer, goes in depth on the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil as a paper and pen replacement. I won't ever eliminate pen and paper, but the iPad Pro and Pencil are fantastic drawing tools.

♥ The Doodle Institute's Free Doodle Video Collection - My friend and fellow doodler, Diane Bleck, offers a free course called Sketchbook Basics to get you started drawing in a sketchbook.

♥ Top 12 Bullet Journal Hacks - Speaking of Bullet journal, check out this great collection of ideas from Boho Berry.

♥ Custom Sketchbooks from Book Block - Have you ever wanted to create a custom sketchbook from your own art or photograph? Well, now you can and for prices starting at just £10 (about $15).

Private Sketchnote Workshops

I've taught private sketchnote workshops at universities like Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan; agencies like mcgarrybowen in NYC; and institutions like Sibley Hospital in Washington DC. I'd love to teach your team too. Let's talk.

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The Sketchnote Handbook
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    The Sketchnote Workbook

The Sketchnote Workbook
illustrates many new ways you can use sketchnotes to think and make your life better.
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