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SXSW Interactive 2009 Sketchnotes

SXSWi 2009: Sketchnotes: First Spread

SXSW Interactive 2009 Sketchnotes are Posted!

I've just finished processing and posting 70 pages of sketchnotes from SXSW Interactive 2009 on Flickr.

This year I doubled the amount of pages I was able to capture to 70, up from 34 pages of sketchnotes in 2008. Having done more sketchnotes since last year helped as did my position of official SXSWi sketchnoter.

Here's the FlickrSlidr set:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.


Photo: Derek Dysart

Thanks to Hugh Forrest and Shawn O'Keefe for giving me the opportunity to live sketchnote this year's festival and design the tote bag.

Another Great SXSW Interactive

I had a great time at SXSW Interactive again this year. I met many new people, bowled with friends at the Avalonstar Bowling Extravaganza, wandered the streets of Austin, Texas and received great feedback on my SXSWi '09 Tote Bag Design.

I also had the opportunity to perform live sketchnoting at the 9th annual 20x2. The organizers of 20x2 invited 20 people to interpret the question "What's it gonna take?" so I chose to sketchnote my answer live on stage. Here's the video of my performance (watch it in HD on Vimeo):

20x2 Live Sketchnoting from Mike Rohde on Vimeo.


Photo: Derek Dysart


I'm already looking forward to SXSW Interactive 2010! :-)

Related Links
SXSW Interactive 2009 Sketchnotes
SXSW Interactive 2009 Tote Bag Design
Austin Kleon's SXSW 2009 Drawings
SXSW Interactive 2008 Sketchnotes

Reader Comments (15)

Mike, these are fantastic! Thank you for sharing them with everyone!

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDamien
Damien, thanks! I'm glad to share.
March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Going to take some time out later to snack on these goodies - many thanks for sharing :-)
March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDK
great stuff, getting better every conference. glad we got to catch up, even if it was on the last day.
@DK, always happy to share! Enjoy.

@alex It was great to finally meet again at the closing party! Wish it was a quieter venue, next year we need to go out for dinner. :-)
March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
I'd buy it! Release it as a book through Blurb or LuLu!
March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererwin blom
Yes, I was just about to suggest you putting all these precious notes into a Blurb book!!!!

I would help you sell more! Plus that could be an on-going SXSW gift to top contributors =)

Notes + pictures
March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYuki Chow
Wow. So impressive. You need to start doing these for lots of conferences and events. Definitely a collectors item.
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGerard Babitts
Does SXSWi have a "conference-in-a-box" option? It would be cool if this were included in that box!
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMontoya
Incredible stuff. I liked sifting through your sketchnotes and I dig your handwriting. Just out of curiosity, what pen do you use?
March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean
@erwin thanks for the feedback! I'm already planning a hard cover book at Lulu (probably). Now to get a great design that makes the book a compelling purchase. My old print design skills will be coming to life! :-)

@Yuki Cool, thanks for seconding the motion. Question: would you like to have additional background notes included in the book along with the sketchnotes themselves? That's what I was thinking of doing anyway.

@Gerard I've been going to several now, and hope to be hired to come to others this year as well. I've focused mainly on web design and development events (since I know the topic well) and I'm not sure how interested I might be in say an Insurance Conference. But maybe that's a way to learn more about other areas. Thanks for the encouragement!

@Montoya SXSWi doesn't have a 'conference in a box' as of yet, though we talked very generally about the idea. I'll have to mention it to them as an option for 2010 maybe.

@Sean Glad you like the sketchnotes and my handwrriting. People keep asking me to make fonts out of my sketchnote lettering and I'm pondering that idea. Pen is usually Pilot G2 0.7mm but this year I tried a Zebra Sarasa Gel 0.7mm and really liked it.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
I love your notes, absolutely beautiful. thanks for sharing!
March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterulrike
Thanks Ulrike! You are very welcome.
March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Great pics, Mike! V. inspiring.

Might I ask, what did you use for these sketches? I looked at your design kit, but only saw mechanical pencils. Whatever pen it is, it looks fantastic. Thanks!
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJB
@JB I used two things for the sketchnotes:

1. A 0.7mm gel pen, in this case a Zebra Sarasa, but often it's a Pilot G2.

2. Pocket Moleskine sketchbook (nice, thick paper is critical to avoid bleed through).

@starquest, thanks for the kind words!
April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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