AMSTERDAM. Such a beautiful city.
I had the fortune to visit this past week, to speak at the first ever DSGNDAY conference and Amsterdam UX. Because of good friends, I also enjoyed several informal sketchnote meetups that were great fun.
I walked everywhere, and one day I managed to log 22,000+ steps, beating my old record in NYC. I ate delicious Dutch treats, and enjoyed tasty coffees and spent time with warm, wonderful friends. It was brilliant.
Here's a selection of photos I shot to tell the story in images:
Sunday, November 9th
Flying to Amsterdam.
View from the front door of Hotel Estheréa, near the canal in Amsterdam.
A Pannekoecken shop in one of Amsterdam's narrow alleyways.
Near the royal palace in Central Amsterdam.
Starting my Amsterdam sketchnote travelogue.
Lovely mural and a Dutch bike.
View from my hotel room, Hotel Estheréa.
Hotel room view of the canal and Singel (canal street) below.
Canal at night.
Cappuccino, greek yogurt with honey and walnuts, while I add to my travelogue.
Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 1 & 2. Vocabulary came in handy!
Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 3 & 4. Trying traditional Dutch foods.
Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 5 & 6. Canals and coffees.
View from Broodje Bert, a people-watching and breakfast eating corner spot.
Monday, November 10th
Uitsmijter & cappuccino for breakfast. Eggs and cheese over bread with a salad!
Met Jasper, Laurens, Jay and Jacqueline (not pictured) for a Sketchnote Meetup at Grand Cafe l'Opera. We had a fantastic time sharing experiences, coffees and lunch.
Beautiful red shutters in Amsterdam.
Colorfully painted street.
In the afternoon, I met my other friends Inge and Tamara for an afternoon coffee and another informal Sketchnote Meetup at REE7 on Reestraat.
Sketchnote travelogue in process, with its creator!
My buddy Jay, who helped me get to Amsterdam UX after the Sketchnote Meetups. Awesome dude and a great sketchnoter too.
We visited Pepper Mango, a coffee and chocolate shop of a friend Tamara and Inge knew, enjoyed some coffee and treats and started a new movement - decorating blank coffee cups in a #cuppatition! (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)
Shop owner keeping an eye on me! #cuppatition. (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)
Cup closeups from my entry in the #cuppatition.
Cup closeups from all entries in the #cuppatition. (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)
Canal and tower at night as we walked to the venue for Amsterdam UX.
Tuesday, November 11th
On the way to Compagnietheater for DSGNDAY. Stephen led us through the back streets of Amsterdam to get to the venue early.
My view from the stage, speaking at DSGNDAY on sketchnoting. What fun!
Close view of me speaking and drawing faces, Austin Kleon style!
Photo of me speaking from up in the back row.
An idea sketchnote from Zeger Van Hese, created during the exercise we did at the end of my talk. So cool!
Last night in Amsterdam.
Thank you for a fantastic experience Amsterdam. I can't wait to visit again.