Buy my Books!


The Sketchnote Workbook is a fully-illustrated book and video, showing how to use sketchnotes in new ways, along with advanced tips and techniques.
Learn about and buy the book →
Download a FREE chapter →
Watch a FREE video sample →


The Sketchnote Handbook is a fully-illustrated book and video, designed to teach regular people how to create sketchnotes.
Learn about and buy the book →
Download a FREE chapter →

Mike Rohde (Color - Square)

ROHDESIGN is the website of designer Mike Rohde, who writes on design, sketching, drawing, sketchnotes, technology, travel, cycling, books & coffee.
Read more about Mike →

SIGN UP! Get the Rohdesign Newsletter.

« Dispatch: Sunny Days and Sketchnotes | Main | Dispatch: Reprinting the Sketchnote Icon T-Shirts! »
Sunday
Apr172016

Dispatch: I Love the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil & iPad Pro Impressions Sketchnote

When the 9.7" iPad Pro was announced, I knew it and the Apple Pencil were the tools for me. I picked them up 2 weeks ago, and have been exploring them both ever since. I love 'em!

The Pencil is impressive. The detail is fantastic, despite some of the hardware details I thought could be improved.

Read my review of the 9.7" iPad Pro & Apple Pencil

IMG 0431

If you've been on the fence about an Apple Pencil and either iPad Pro, go visit a local Apple Store and try them out. They're fantastic!

The Sketchnote Workbook wins Best Design Award from Publishing Professionals Network!

The Sketchnote Workbook won a best overall design award from the Publishing Professionals Network (PPN)! It won for excellence in overall design. The Sketchnote Workbook will be showcased at PPN's Annual Book Show, in San Francisco this July. Woohoo!

Interesting Links

♥ Free Learn Cursive Script Video Course & Worksheets - Hand letterer Ian Barnard's video cursive class and worksheets aim to improve your script. I love Ian's calm pacing, especially for new students. See Ian's lettering courses, and his site.

♥ The Benefits of Using Doodling and Sketchnotes in the Classroom - Teacher Deidra Gammill, Ph.D writes about the benefits she's seen using sketchnoting in the classroom. She shares practical tips for implementation, and challenges for teachers.

♥ Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? - The Wall Street Journal covers the recent laptop vs. longhand notes study by Mueller & Oppenheimer, testing the effectiveness of both kinds of notes. Two takeaways: Don't capture verbatim ideas—synthesize as you write, and intentionally review your notes to reinforce ideas.

♥ Guide to Choosing a Fountain Pen - A fantastic resource from JetPens on choosing a fountain pen. I love fountain pens, but they're a bit mysterious. Now I understand them much better.

♥ Think Clearly: Visual Thinking Boot Camp - My friend and fellow visual thinker, Mathias Jakobsen is going on a world tour, teaching his all-day, Visual Thinking Bootcamp in Buenos Aires, Zurich, London, Mexico City, Vancouver, Paris, Copenhagen, Aarhus, and more! Sign up to be notified, or request your city be added to the tour.

♥ Sketchnote Mini-Course Survey - I've already received 83 replies and would love your feedback on the concept of focused, sketchnote video designed for mobile phones. Takes 2 minutes!

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.

Reach out and say hello.

Send me an email or follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram.

Buy My Bestselling Books

Like my newsletter? I think you'll love reading my two bestselling books on sketchnoting. Check 'em out!

The Sketchnote Handbook

The Sketchnote Handbook
teaches regular people how to draw simply, think visually and create sketchnotes.
Buy the Handbook

    The Sketchnote Workbook

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

Use code SKETCHNOTE for 35% off my books at Peachpit.