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Friday
May012015

The Dispatch: Prague

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I WAS IN PRAGUE for the iCON Conference keynote and workshop with my wife last weekend. We had a fantastic time in that beautiful city. As a super-duper bonus, I met my good friend and Sketchnote Army Chief Operating Sketchnoter, Mauro Toselli and his better half, Betta.

The keynote and workshop went well, I signed a stack of books. met great people and appeared on Czech TV Nova's morning show! Mauro, Betta, Gail and I had several afternoons to explore Prague. It was a wonderful weekend.

Here are a few favorite photos, for more, visit my full album on Flickr.

Mike, Jasna and Gail Hotel View
Prague Castle Cathedral Cathedral Door Knocker
Prague Castle in Spring Streets of Prague
Mike Meets Mauro Two Young Sketchnoters
The Sketchnote Handbook in Czech Signing Books

Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago, Friday June 26th!

Mark your calendars! My next Sketchnote Workshop is set for Chicago in on Friday June 26th. There will be 16 spots available for this full-day workshop to accelerate your sketchnoting. Stay tuned for location and details.

Interested in having me teach a sketchnote workshop at your business or university? Send me a note and let's talk.

Interesting Links

90% Perfect - My friend Sean McCabe's recent video podcast episode caught my eye because I constantly see sketchnoters struggling with being perfect. I love Sean's approach aiming for 90% perfection. Check it out.

Sarah's Nerdy Highlighter Note System - Sarah Kathleen Peck uses to highlighters on her notes to show priority and action throughout the day. This might be a great addition to your daily logbook or sketchnotes.

Home Work Podcast: The One About Notebooks - Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo discuss their personal systems for note-taking, preferred setups, and resources for notebooks and pens in this podcast.

NY Times: Moleskine Notebooks Adapt to the Digital World - An interesting piece about Moleskine's shift to make analog notebooks relevant in an increasingly digital world. I think it's s smart move (via The Cramped).

10 Sketchnote Tips for Microsoft OneNote - I worked with the Microsoft OneNote team to create a series of 10 tips for sketchnoting you can use in OneNote or anywhere else. Get the set of all 10 at Facebook or Flickr.

Say Hello

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

Buy My Books

If you like what you see, I bet you would like my books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

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The Sketchnote Workbook

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Wednesday
Apr152015

The Dispatch: 37,000 Reasons to Celebrate!

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GREAT NEWS! Combined sales of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook, including English, Russian, German, Chinese and Czech books and videos have sold over 37,000 copies! I'm encouraged that my books resonate with readers worldwide. Thanks everyone!

The Sketchnote Workshop at The Skillery in Nashville last Saturday went well. 22 students learned new sketchnoting exercises and expanded their abilities, while enjoying delicious coffee and baked goods. Thanks Nashville!

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Next Thursday I'm in Prague, Czech Republic, for the iCON Conference, keynoting on April 25th and leading a sketchnote workshop on April 26th.

My next Sketchnote Workshop is shaping up for Chicago in June. Details are being finalized. Stay tuned for more info right here on the Dispatch.

Interested in having me teach a sketchnote workshop at your business or university? Send me a note and let's talk.

Interesting Links

Verbal to Visual Classroom - My friend Doug Neill has launched a new video course, teaching his approach to visual notetaking. It's called Verbal to Visual Classroom and is a great value at $49. Have a look!

How To Draw Like Disney's Best Animators - Alan Becker made videos to demonstrate 12 principles Disney animators use to create cartoons.

Drawing on Index Cards - Laurence Musgrove at Angelo State created a new course on drawing to learn. He used index cards to help his students access a new, visual way of solving problems. Give it a try!

Dear Data - Two women who switched continents get to know each other through the data they draw and send across the pond. I LOVE this!

Connecting your paper notebooks with the digital age - Nifty little hack from Rodrigo Franco, where you create a URL reference system to capture links in your analog notebooks (via The Cramped).

The Instigator's Compass - My friend Srini Rao's free ebook, The Instigator's Compass, is a manifesto on opening yourself to living a full, creative life. Listen to The Unmistakable Creative, my favorite podcast.

Drop a Line

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

Buy My Books

If you like what you see, I bet you would like my books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

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Friday
Apr032015

The Dispatch: Springtime and Sketchnoting

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IT'S SPRING in Milwaukee — winter is finally over!

Regardless of weather, I've been busy teaching sketchnote workshops. In March, I taught at The University of Michigan and at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. On Saturday, April 11th, I'll lead two workshops at The Skillery in Nashville (sign up here). I'm in Prague, Czech Republic, April 25-26th, keynoting and leading a sketchnote workshop at the iCON Conference.

Interested in having me teach a sketchnote workshop at your business or university? Send me a note and let's talk.

Sketchnote Handbook in Chinese and Czech

The Sketchnote Handbook is impacting more of he world too. Chinese and Czech editions were released this spring. It's great to see people encouraged to sketchnote in languages I don't even understand.

The Sketchnote Handbook Chinese Edition The Sketchnote Handbook Czech Edition

Interesting Links

Sketchnoting: An Engineer's Approach - A helpful article on sketchnoting from engineer Chiu-Ki Chan. I love how she reframed the challenge of sketchnoting away from being able to draw perfectly, and toward creating simple objects and embracing constraints.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard - Fascinating research studies revealed the advantages of longhand over laptop note-taking. Studies showed students who took hand-written notes processed ideas better and gained a deeper understanding, while students typing notes on keyboards tended to transcribe lectures verbatim, with a shallower grasp of ideas.

The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking - Here's an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education related to handwritten vs. laptop notes. One year after banning students from taking notes on laptops, a professor Carol E. Holstead reports on the results of her ban.

5 Drawing Exercises That Will Turn Anyone Into An Artist - Exercises to get you drawing, doodling and thinking visually from Emily Potts.

Getting Practical: 3 Ways Writers Can Use Sketchnotes - Writer Cheryl Reifsnyder offers 3 ways sketchnotes can help writers: idea mapping, character arc mapping and story detail mapping. Great applications!

Pencil vs. Pixel Podcast: Analog Note Taking - A new podcast episode on analog note-taking from Cesar Contreras, featuring interviews with me, Joey Cofone of Baron Fig, and Gabriel Shalom of Betabook.

Drop a Line

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

Buy My Books

If you like what you see, I bet you would like my books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

Learn more and buy →

Friday
Mar202015

The Dispatch: Yo Nashville!

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I'M IN NASHVILLE, Saturday, April 11th (3 weeks away) to lead 2 Sketchnote Workshops at The Skillery for $199 per person. You'll get a half-day of teaching, a custom Moleskine sketchbook, pens, pencils, markers, a copy of The Sketchnote Workbook and a Workshop t-shirt. Sign up!

Register for the Workshop: $199


Great Workshops at University of Michigan

I had a fantastic time teaching sketchnoting skills to University of Michigan, Ross School of Business students in Ann Arbor last Friday. I taught sketchnoting skills to 80 students, then challenged them to create tree houses, lemonade stands and icons with their new skills. We had a blast!

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Interested in having me teach my sketchnote workshop at your business or university? Send me a note and let's talk.

Interesting Links

Learn The Basics with Pen and Paper (video) - Mathias Jakobsen created a video tutorial on how you can create beautiful notebooks and understand why pen and paper are so pleasurable to use.

How to Eat Sushi (video) - I love sushi, but I've never learned the right way to eat it, or what the elements mean. Now I know and you can too.

Karun (video) - Tom Allen and Leon McCarron made a short film as they followed Iran’s longest river, the Karun, by boat and bike. I was encouraged by the warm Iranian hospitality shown to Tom and Leon on their journey.

♥ Analog Memory Desk - This Analog Memory Desk, designed by Kirsten Camara, features a roll of paper for hundreds of feet of sketches.

The Invention of the Perfect Cup of Coffee - I love my AeroPress coffee maker, but hadn't realized it was designed by 76 year old Alan Adler.

iCON Conference & Workshop - I'm in Prague with my sketchnote buddy Mauro Toselli on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, giving a keynote and workshop at the iCON Conference. We'd love to see you there!

Winners!

Michael Ashby, KC Procter and Lucrecer Braxton win the 3 codes for Marked 2 for Mac from Brett Terpstra. Thanks for your generosity, Brett!

Say Hello!

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

Buy My Books

If you like what you see, you'd dig one of my books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

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Friday
Mar062015

The Dispatch: Let's Go Invent Tomorrow

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I'M EXCITED to share my second Dispatch with new links, appearances and workshops to announce.

But first, let's talk about the image above. That's from an all-hands meeting at LifeLock I sketchnoted in January. I love that quote so much, I've created an 11 x 17 poster from the art you can download and print. Grab the PDF and enjoy.

We have a winner!

Congrats to Leslie Mollner, who wins the The Designer's Pricing Class, a $200 value, from my friends at nuSchool. Leslie is a former college librarian and is currently in training as a web designer and front-end developer. Go Leslie!

Interesting Links

The Shape of Things to Come - I enjoyed this long, detailed look at Apple's Jony Ive, written by Ian Parker at the Atlantic. If you're curious about Ive and his design process, this is a great read.

The DeLorean DMC-12 is an outlier's legacy - As an 80s guy who loves Back to the Future, I thoroughly enjoyed this short video from Petrolicious about Geoff Ombao's classic 1982 DeLorean.

♥ Creating Content with Markdown Video - Markdown Jedi Brett Terpstra uses video to teach markdown, a lightweight writing syntax that makes a plain text file the easiest way to create formatted HTML, PDF, and even Word documents (yuck). I wrote both of my books in markdown and loved every minute of it. Save 35% on Brett's video with code PEACHPIT35.

Sketchnote Moleskine Sketchbook Re-Run Questionnaire - I'm talking with my friends at Moleskine about a possible limited edition re-run of these custom branded Sketchnote Moleskine Sketchbooks. Gimme feedback!

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast - I had a fantastic time talking with Srinivas Rao about how sketchnotes came to be, keeping a logbook, embracing constraints and determination. Listen in.

Workshops & Appearances

Hooray! I have new appearances and workshops to announce:

  • Sketchnote Meetup (Public): Thursday, March 12 in Ann Arbor, MI - I'll be at the Songbird Cafe hosting a casual, free meetup. I'd love to see you there. Sign up right here.
  • Sketchnote Workshop (Private): Friday, March 13, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - I've been brought in to teach Ross School of Business students how to sketchnote. How awesome is that?
  • Sketchnote Workshops (Public): Saturday, April 11, Nashville, TN - Two Half-day Sketchnote Workshops are happening! Hosted at The Skillery in Nashville, I'm offering both a morning and an afternoon workshop. Pricing is $199 and space is limited to 20 students per workshop. Sign up quick!
  • iCON Conference Keynote & Workshop (Public): Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, Prague, Czech Republic - I'm giving a keynote and workshop at the popular iCON Conference. My buddy Mauro Toselli from Sketchnote Army will be there, along with the new Czech edition of The Sketchnote Handbook. We'd love to see you there too!

Say Hello!

It's great to hear your comments directly from these dispatches, so keep them coming. Your encouragements are what keep me going.

For those who read to the bottom, I'm giving away 3 codes to Marked 2 for Mac ($13.99 value) from Brett Terpstra, a excellent tool for previewing your markdown files. Drop me a note with how Marked 2 can make your writing life better and I'll announce 3 winners in 2 weeks.

Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram.

Buy My Books

If you like what you see, you'd dig one of my books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

Learn more and buy →