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Visiting Amsterdam in November

THE CLOSEST I've been to Amsterdam was Schiphol Airport in the late 90s on the way to and from Frankfurt, Germany. I imagined spending a few extra days in Amsterdam, but it wasn't to be.

It took 15 years, but I'm headed to Amsterdam in November!

DSGNDAY Conference: November 11 (All day)

I'm speaking at a new, one-day conference called DSGNDAY on November 11th, 2014 at Compagnietheater in the heart of Amsterdam.

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I'll be presenting my Sketchnote Mini-Workshop in the afternoon, teaching the basic elements of sketchnoting that students can follow along with as I present, then we'll do a sketchnoting challenge together. It's going to be awesome!

Be sure to check out the full program of fantastic speakers, featuring Mark Boulton, Leisa Reichelt, Val Head, Stephen Hay, Bonny Colville-Hyde, Peter Boersma, and Laura Kalbag. I can't wait to meet them all.

Tickets for the one-day event are 275 euros and are still available, so act quickly! Check the attendee list to see if there's someone you already know signed up.

Amsterdam UX Meetup: November 10 (7pm)

I've also been invited to present on sketchnotes at the Amsterdam UX meetup on November 10th, 7pm at HQ in Amsterdam.

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I'll be presenting Lessons Learned from Sketchnotes a talk in which I share what I've learned through the process of developing sketchnotes and building the sketchnoting community. It's going to be great!

Sketchnote Coffee Meetup: November 10 (Noon)

I'm talking with my friend Jay Henriquez about an informal public sketchnote coffee meetup around lunchtime on November 10th at a coffee shop somewhere in Amsterdam. If you are interested in attending this event, or have a good spot in mind, let Jay or me know.

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I'll bring my orange markers to sign books, so bring your book, and come and say hello if you attend on of these events!

Tot ziens!


Sketchnote Icon Hoodies & Aqua Black Tees!

THE COTtON BUREAU has invited me to re-run my popular Sketchnote Icon artwork on zippered hoodies and new t-shirt colors and and 3x-5x sized tees!


Get the same aqua icon design design on a zippered, Tri-Blend Charcoal hoodie with white details. These are $48 plus shipping:

Sketchnote icon hoodie


We've added a new Black Aqua tee option (love how it looks with the aqua icons) as well as the original Tri-Black tee, each color is $28 plus shipping:

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Check out the new women's cut Navy tee for $28 plus shipping:

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We've heard lots of requests for larger sizes, so Cotton Bureau is offering 3x-5X shirt sizes if you like your tees with xxx-tra room.

As of this post you have until NOVEMBER 6TH to pre-order your hoodies and tees! Don't miss this opportunity to get the sketchnote icons in your favorite color, size or in a cool looking hoodie!

Order here before pre-ordering closes on November 6th!


New York City

NEW YORK CITY turned out to be just what I expected and nothing like what I'd expected, all at the same time. It was fascinating, rich, quirky, and fun.

I want to go back as soon as I can.

New York City has a unique vibe. It feels large and small, simple and complex, old and new. Somehow these strange contrasts work together perfectly.

My wife and I enjoyed four fantastic days in the city. We walked to restaurants, rode subway lines, busses, boats and cabs. We ate delicious food and spent time with dear friends. By the end, we were physically worn out but our spirits were alive and happy. It was an awesome trip.

Here's a selection of photos I shot to tell the story in images:

Wednesday, September 17th

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NYC Subway map. Very useful!

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View from our hotel on 43rd Street and 2nd Avenue.

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Pad Thai & Pad See Euw, Talent Thai Kitchen, 34th Street & 3rd Avenue.

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Talent Thai Kitchen Food Sketchnote

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Chrysler Building view from our hotel door at dusk.

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Chrysler Building view from our hotel door at night.

Thursday, September 18th

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Woke up in the City that Never Sleeps.

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Brooklyn Bridge B&W


Brooklyn in the distance.

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Proof shot! I was on the Brooklyn Bridge.


Julianna's Pizza. Fabulous!

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Julianna's Pizza Sketchnote.

Friday, September 19th

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Scones and coffee at Le Pain Quotidien on 3rd Avenue.

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Street market on 43rd Street & 3rd Avenue.

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Times Square!

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Grand Central Station windows.

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Grand Central Station main hall.

Saturday, September 20th

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Crosstown bus stop on East 42nd Street.

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Our Circle Tour of Manhattan happened on this ferry.

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Statue of Liberty.

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Under the Brooklyn Bridge.

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UN Building. Our hotel was right behind it.

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Exquisite design details like this one for Borough Hall in Brooklyn, are everywhere in the subways.

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Brooklyn Crab, Red Hook.

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Upper Deck at Brooklyn Crab, Red Hook.

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Robin Williams sticker in Red Hook.

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Lady Liberty from Red Hook.

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Freedom Tower at dusk.

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9/11 Memorial, South Tower location.

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Too many names on that monument. Such a tragedy.

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Freedom Tower at night.

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Grand Central and The Chrysler Building.

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End of the line!

Thank you, New York City!

Flickr: NYC Photo Set
Flickr: Agile Day NYC 2014 Sketchnotes


The Sketchnote Workbook Launch!

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THE DAY HAS COME! The Sketchnote Workbook launches today! I've heard that some orders are already being shipped because the books are arriving sooner than expected. What an exciting week!

If you haven't ordered your own copy of The Sketchnote Workbook yet, order today at Peachpit, or at Amazon. Other options include: Barnes & Noble, Powells, or IndieBound. For bulk orders, use 800-CEO-READ.

International buyers, check out: (Canada), Amazon (Canada), Amazon (UK), Amazon (Germany), Amazon (France), and Amazon (Japan).

Post Reviews

One of the most valuable things you can do for my book is to write your review on Amazon. The opinion of others encourages people to give my book a try.

Share The Book

Another great help for helping readers find the book is sharing it on social media. I've created a Workbook book page, which offers an overview, a sample chapter and sample video for anyone who wants to see more details before they buy:

You can use any images from the [Sketchnote Workbook Flickr album](

Read My Journey in Posts

Review the 10 posts that cover how I wrote, sketched, shot, inked and created final production files for the book.


Thank you to everyone who has followed my journey to completion. Your support has been fantastic—I hope you all enjoy The Sketchnote Workbook!


New Sketchnote Apparel

The Sketchnote Workbook is done and off to the printer and set to release on August 18th. I have two apparel tidbits to share:

1. The Sketchnote Icon T-Shirt is back!

70 Sketchnote Icon t-shirts were created with Cotton Bureau in May. As of today, 64 people have requested a re-print, so we're pre-ordering a new run, starting next week: Monday, July 28th.

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If you missed ordering this shirt in May, or are just seeing these now, sign up on the top right side of the shirt page to have Cotton Bureau email you when ordering begins next Monday:

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2. Sketchnote Icon Hoodies

Friends have told me they like the hoodie I wear in the The Sketchnote Workbook video. I'm gauging interest in creating a run of these for the fall.

If you'd like one, let me know if you would prefer in this Google form:

I'll tally your emails up and determine whether to run these, and which to create.


P.S. Please pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook so that is sent to you as soon as it's ready. I can't wait for you to see and hold it!

Sketchnote Workbook

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