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Tuesday
Nov242015

Dispatch: Espresso 101 Sketchnotes

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ESPRESSO is one of my favorite things. I attended a Espresso 101 class at Stone Creek Coffee, and sketchnoted the entire 3 hours of learning. It was a fantastic experience. Highly recommended. See the full set of photos.

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Thank You!

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches I want to say thank you. Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter. Thank you for purchasing and sharing my books. Thank you for the constant encouragement. I appreciate you.

My Interview with Officehours

Officehours is a free service dedicated to connecting their members with amazing people, for 10 minutes of free 1-on-1 advice. I was invited to answer some interesting questions about my background as a designer, book writing, and sketchnoting community now that I'm an Officehours Advisor.

Private Sketchnote Workshops

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, mcgarrybowen in NYC and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ Visual Note-Taking for Educators - My friend and Sketchnote Workshop Chicago student Wendi Pillars just released a new book for educators looking to integrate sketchnotes into the classroom. Go get it!

♥ The Pen Addict's Apple Pencil Review - Pen Addict's Myke Hurley offers a pen fanatic's review of the Apple Pencil — very relevant for sketchnoters.

♥ 50 Themes to Brighten Up Your Sketchbook - Sometimes your sketchbook needs a little jolt. Here are 50 ideas from the Sketchbook Skool team on how to doing something different in your sketchbook.

♥ The Incredible Creative Power of One-Minute Sketches - Inc. Magazine writer Ilan Mochari shares ideas on getting your colleagues to see what you mean, through simple, one minute sketches.

♥ Favorite Notebooks for Fountain Pen - Another great article from JetPens, this piece reveals favorite notebooks designed to handle fountain pens.

♥ The Problem with Fancy Notebooks - Austin Kleon shares a tidbit of wisdom from Merlin Mann's Back to Work Podcast on marking up blank pages in fancy notebooks. His solution? Make your notebook “a safe place, a place where you can go to make a mess.”

Reach out and say hello.

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Buy My Bestselling Books

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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.

Friday
Nov062015

Dispatch: Whiteboard Sketchnoting

Whiteboard Sketchnotes

WHITEBOARDS are everywhere in modern business environments. I've been fortunate to work as a UX designer in a space with wall-sized whiteboards and a leadership team and encourages experimentation with them.

Every Monday my team and I whiteboard features we're going to add to the web-based app we're building together. This 1 hour meeting is a highlight of our week that always draws our team together.

The photo above is from the church community group where I live-sketchnote Bible chapters on the whiteboard each Sunday. My classmates love seeing scripture come alive in real-time and it's great practice for me.

This week I challenge you sketchnote ideas a whiteboard. Play with some dry-erase markers and explore! Who knows where it might lead you.

Need a portable whiteboard? Check out Betabook!

My Interview with Ryder Carroll

Ryder Carroll of Bullet Journal invited me to answer a few questions for his Bullet Journal community. I had a great time going into nerdy sketchnote detail. You can read the interview at the Bullet Journal Blog: Sketchnotes.

Oops! last time I made a mistake on the link for Ryder's How to Break In a Hardcover Notebook video. Here's the updated link.

Peachpit Author Chat on Storify

A few weeks ago, Peachpit Press had an Author Chat with me on Twitter. Now they've captured the discussion on a Storify page for your reading pleasure.

Private Sketchnote Workshops

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, mcgarrybowen in NYC and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ 15 Tips to Improve Your Drawing Skills - This is a great way to improve your drawing skills with 15 prompts from Daisy Yellow.

♥ Digital Drawing Workout: The Art of Subtraction - Artist Shantell Martin uses FiftyThree's Paper app on an iPad to share a digital drawing workout on Skillshare. It's just 32 minutes, so check it out!

♥ JetPens Guide to Mechanical Pencils - I'm a fan of sketching with mechanical pencils. I use a 1.15mm Retro 51 Tornado pencil for my work. JetPens shares the wide variety of mechanical pencils available.

♥ Baron Fig 2016 Confidant Planner - My friends at Baron Fig have just released a new Confidant Weekly Planner for 2016. If you want to get into journaling or logging your days, this is a great notebook ($22).

♥ The Steal Like An Artist Journal Talk - My buddy Austin Kleon has a new 30 minute video on how his journaling led to creating his new Steal Like and Artist Journal. It's full of journaling samples and inspiration.

♥ Make it last 150 years with paper - An excellent article from Garrick van Buren on why paper (and not the cloud), is the real medium that can help your work last 150 years or more, via The Cramped.

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.

Friday
Oct232015

Dispatch: Sketchnote Workbook in Russian!

Sketchnote Workbook in Russian

Это здесь! The Sketchnote Workbook in Russian is out! I'm excited to see new translations of my books. Mann-Ivanov-Ferber did a fantastic job translating the book, right down to the text on individual sketchnotes!.

Talking Sketchnotes on The Portfolio Life Podcast

This week, my interview on Portfolio Life with writer and podcaster, Jeff Goins released. We talked sketchnotes and how I try to balance my workday as a UX designer with sketchnoting activities. Have a listen and leave comments!

Sketchnote Mini-Workshop Video

I recently presented The Sketchnote Mini-Workshop at Madison Non-Profit Day, and my friends at Field 59 captured it on video.

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like University of Michigan, mcgarrybowen NYC and Sibley Hospital in DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ How to Break In a Hardcover Notebook - Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal method shares great tips, including this gem: a simple way to prep your hardcover notebooks so their bindings won't crack.

♥ Doodling, Sketching and ‘Mind Mapping’ as Learning Tools - A New York Times piece about the benefits of sketchnoting for learning. Awesome!

♥ Sketchnotes for Visual Thinking in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) - This article from Nicolai Marquardt and Saul Greenberg from University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science, show how integrating sketchnotes into interaction designers’ everyday practice facilitates visual thinking, sense making, reflection, application of ideas, sketching practice, and sharing.

♥ Be More Productive With Just A Pen And Paper - Productivityist's Mike Dariano shares a simple, practical method using index cards and the Dash/Plus System to improve your productivity.

♥ Fountain Pen Nib Infographic - Pen Chalet has created a supremely detailed infographic that explains everything you'll ever need to know about fountain pen nibs and how they work.

♥ JetPens Guide to Pencil Hardness - Another fantastic piece from JetPens on pencil hardness grades and where each one is best used.

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.

Tuesday
Oct062015

Dispatch: Green Bay Packer NFL Sketchnotes

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It's Football Season! I've been having fun sketchnoting this year's Green Bay Packer NFL football games since experimenting last year sketchnoting the NFL Championship game (yuck) and Super Bowl XLIX (great game).

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It's a great way to document the game experience and let go of the stress of being a fan who can only watch what happens. I first shared sketchnoting sporting events in The Sketchnote Workbook.

I've been using my Hobonichi Techo Logbook to capture games, creating a title before the game starts and documenting each major event as the game unfolds. If you have a favorite sport, try sketchnoting it!

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like University of Michigan, mcgarrybowen NYC and Sibley Hospital in DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ Interview with BBC Newcastle Nick Barnes: when Notes blend Commentary and Art - From my sister site, Sketchnote Army, Mauro Toselli and I had a chance to ask Sunderland Football Club's BBC announcer Nick Barnes about his sketchnote prep and capture of football games. Fantastic!

♥ 50+ Awesome Sketchnoting Resources - Design Lounge has gathered a TON of resources on sketchnoting in one place. Check it out!

♥ Tips on Improving Your Handwriting - A handy article from Wonder Pens on how to make your handwriting and cursive writing better. Good tips!

♥ I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook & Reference Guide - This Kickstarter project from Matt Marrocco aims to teach you how to draw Manga style with a reference book. There's still a chance to get in on the campaign!

♥ JetPens Guide to Drawing Pens - I try not to share JetPens guides in every issue of the Dispatch, but I can't seem avoid it - their articles are too good! This guide to drawing pens is especially useful for sketchnoters.

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.

Thursday
Sep172015

Dispatch: Daily Logs & Wisconsin Workshops

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Friends, It's time to prepare your 2016 daily log. I've been logging my days in 2014 and 2015. I've found it incredibly rewarding. I stole the idea from my friend Austin Kleon. Now is the time to order a 2016 logbook!

Logging events as they happen, helps me avoid past failures at keeping a traditional diary. Of course, I miss days here and there, but I love going back and sketchnoting in the empty pages. I carry my logbook when I travel and sketchnote my experiences. See A Year of Daily Logging for details.

Order your logbook now, and hit the ground running in January:

Sketchnote Workshop: Milwaukee - Sep 26th

On Saturday September 26 I'm running a half-day workshop from 9 to noon at The Hudson Business Lounge in Milwaukee, in partnership with IDSA Wisconsin. For $75 you're get in-depth teaching and exercises in a small group setting, a sketchnote kit (pens, pencils and a notebook) and a custom Sketchnote Workshop Milwaukee t-shirt. Sign up today!

Sketchnote Mini-Workshop: Madison - Oct 6th

I'm presenting the Sketchnote Mini-Workshop on Tuesday, October 6th from 9:30-10:45 at Madison Non-Profit day. The entire event is just $75. Learn more at the Madison Non-Profilt Day website.

I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like University of Michigan, mcgarrybowen in NYC and Sibley Hospital in DC. I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Email me and let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ Verbal to Visual Daily Videos - My pal Doug Neill is creating videos every day on YouTube. I especially love Is Sketchnoting Really Worth My Time? and How To Filter Ideas While Sketchnoting. Thanks Doug!

♥ Brain Doodles - A fantastic resource from Thomas Michaud to get you doodling and drawing. Check it out!

♥ JetPens Guide to Technical Pens - JetPens has been killing it with these great guides to pens of all kinds. This one focuses on technical pens that are great for sketchnoting and illustration.

♥ My Experience with Sketchnotes - Abhijit Bhaduri the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro in India is a huge fan of sketchnotes. This article talks about his experiences using sketchnotes in his life with lots of samples.

♥ MS Dev Show Podcast - Jason and Carl, both developers, talk with me about sketchnoting and how using it can benefit developers in learning skills and communicating ideas within teams. Listen in!

♥ NL Sketchnoting, Graphic Recording & Visual Thinking Podcast - Had a great time talking with my friend Laurens Bonnema from Holland about my life and how it's shaped me as a designer and sketchnoter. Have a listen!

♥ The Sketchnote Podcast: Season 1 Re-Released - I've re-released my Sketchnote Video Podcasts on YourTube and Vimeo. Enjoy!

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.