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Monday
Jul202015

The Dispatch: Sketchnote Summer

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SKETCHNOTE WORKSHOPS are happening all summer and I couldn't be more excited. The Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago happened a few weeks ago, and was fantastic. 8 students enjoyed a day of experimentation and feedback, great coffee, food and a private Q&A and Basecamp office tour with Jason Fried. What a great day it was!

This summer is still full of events: on Saturday, August 1st, I'm speaking at Design4Drupal in Boston, on Tuesday, August 18th I'm leading a private sketchnote workshop at an NYC agency, then I'm in Kansas City on Friday, August 28th, speaking at Coffee & Design, with an one-day workshop, Saturday the 29th. More details on that coming soon.

There are a few more events in my schedule this year, which I will be sure to share here first. Thanks so much for all of your support.

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

Interesting Links

Starting a Sketchbook or Visual Journal - If you've been curious about starting a visual journal, The Well Appointed Desk has a great primer for getting started with ideas and links to other inspiring journal ideas.

♥ Moleskine Alternatives - My friend Brad Dowdy at Pen Addict shares his favorite alternatives to Moleskine notebooks. I love my Moleskines, Baron Fig Confidants, and Leuchturm 1917 notebooks.

♥ Ink - Writen By Hand - A documentary film on the beauty of the handwritten word with pen and ink by Ryan Couldrey (via The Cramped).

♥ What I Learned From 100 Doodles In 100 Days - In seeking to be more creative, Steve Portigal decided to try doodling for 100 days. This essay explains what happened because of Steve's new practice.

♥ Coffee Sketchnote Prints, Pillows and Phone Cases - My coffee sketchnote art (Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte) have been re-released as prints, phone cases and pillows by Art Box One. They make great gifts!

Reach out and say hello.

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

Buy My Books

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

The Sketchnote Handbook

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The Sketchnote Workbook

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Saturday
Jun132015

The Dispatch: Apple Watch Sketchnotes

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AS A DESIGNER, it's important I stay aware of new technology and how it impacts users, so I'm logging my Apple Watch experiences as sketchnotes in a Baron Fig Confidant. It's been a fun and enjoyable process.

I'm capturing overall experiences with drawings and written text in my logbook, and have been adding some color to bring a little more life to the sketchnotes. Visit the Flickr album to see the complete set of sketchnotes.

Save $50 on The Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago!

CM Promo Chicago

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in just 2 weeks! On Friday June 26th I'll be teaching at 37signals' offices in Chicago. Spots are still available for this skill-building workshop. On the fence? Here's a coupon:

Save $50 off the $499 Chicago Workshop price when you use code BLUESBROS through Wednesday, June 24th! Register today!

Workshop register

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

Interesting Links

I make, therefore I learn - David Hopkins talks about ways he stays creative in what might on the surface, not seem like a creative role as a learning technologist. Very inspiring David!

♥ 5 months in with the Hobonichi Techo - A long-term Hobonichi Techo journal review by Jenny Mason of The Finer Point. Long exposure to tools gives a much different perspective than quick reviews after a few days of use. I agree with Jenny on her experiences.

♥ Want to be an artist? Watch Groundhog Day - Why the creative process is like Groundhog Day, from my pal Austin Kleon. Fantastic!

♥ Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs - If you're curious about fountain pens but don't know where to start, JetPens.com has a great overview of fountain pen nibs to help you choose the right one for the job.

♥ How Did Ben Franklin and Isaac Newton Accomplish the Work of 10 People? Rigorous Note Taking - An excellent article from author Michael Rank for The Productivityist on the value of analog note-taking to capture your thinking and become more productive.

Reach out and say hi!

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

Buy My Books

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

The Sketchnote Handbook

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The Sketchnote Workbook

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Sunday
May312015

The Dispatch: Star Wars Doodles

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IN THE 1980s I loved to draw cassette covers by hand. I spent hours making these pieces of art just perfect. This cassette cover was created for an Empire Strikes Back NPR radio drama recorded from a local radio station.

Here's a challenge: take a moment and create some hand-drawn artwork. Maybe it's a letter or card to a friend, or a CD or DVD cover. Anything! Take one night to plan your drawing, color it and then share it!

Sketchnote Workshop: Coming to Chicago June 26!

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in Chicago, Friday June 26th at 37signals' offices. 12 spots are still available for my full-day workshop to build your sketchnoting skills.

As a thank you to Rohdesign Newsletter readers, use code XWING to receive $50 off your registration for the Chicago Workshop through Sunday, June 7th!

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

Interesting Links

Starting a Sketchbook or Visual Journal - Ideas to kickstart a sketchbook or visual journal from The Well-Appointed Desk (via The Cramped).

5 Moleskine Hacks To Boost Your Productivity - Five ideas for organizing a Moleskine to get the most from your workday by Gabi Garcia Fdez.

Unflattening: The PhD Comic Book - My friend Nick Sousanis created and defended his PhD on comics as a rich communication medium—in the form of a comic! It's a gorgeous masterpiece you really should own and enjoy.

Soccer Commentary Cheat Sheets - A series of commentary cheat sheets by Nick Barnes, a soccer (football) commentator for BBC Radio Newcastle that look an awful lot like sketchnotes (via The Cramped).

GriDD Bizz Draw App - This free app for iOS and Android offers 100+ offline visuals to inspire metaphor creation in your sketchnotes.

Say Hello

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The Sketchnote Handbook

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The Sketchnote Workbook

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Monday
May182015

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in Chicago on Friday, June 26th!

CM Promo Chicago

I'm pleased to announce The Sketchnote Workshop is coming to Chicago on Friday, June 26th! My all-day sketchnote workshop is designed to develop your sketchnoting skills and to strengthen your visual thinking abilities.

We’re meeting in the beautiful 37signals offices in Chicago, in a space designed for workshops.

The workshop is limited to 16 participants.

A small class size, offering personalized instruction and feedback, are key to providing the best learning environment. The topics and exercises I cover are designed for beginning sketchnoters to gain confidence sketchnoting.

Emily Carlton Travel

Can't draw? No problem.

I'll teach you the basics of drawing and guide you through sketchnote creation. If you have a positive attitude and are willing to experiment and share your work with a small group, you're perfect for this workshop.

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Everything is provided.

You'll receive a notebook, pens, and pencils. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, and water are also included on-site, so you won't miss a thing. You'll even receive a cool custom t-shirt.

Invest in yourself.

Visual thinking skills are valuable for capturing, generating, analyzing and communicating ideas. Spend a day building your skills and your confidence with The Sketchnote Workshop. Space is limited, so register today!

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Friday
May152015

The Dispatch: Sketchnoting is an Infinite Game

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SKETCHNOTING is an infinite game. It's more like playing catch with your child than hitting a winning home run in the World Series. We sketchnote for the joy of creating, experimenting, and learning.

Don't let imperfect drawing skills stop you from playing the game of sketchnotes. Grab a pen and join us!

Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago, Friday June 26th!

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in Chicago, Friday June 26th at 37signals' offices. 16 spots will be available for my full-day workshop to build your sketchnoting skills starting next week. More details.

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

Interesting Links

Paper Think Kit - Paper, the free iPad app from FiftyThree, has a new set of tools called Think Kit, including diagramming, quick fill, and cut to Paper's toolset. See this article or this video for ways to use these new tools.

Milton Glaser: Drawing to Think - Video of design legend Milton Glaser talking about drawing and how it helps him think, while he draws.

15 Notebooks That Will Inspire Your Creativity - Lots of people ask about my favorite notebooks — I say Moleskine Sketchbooks, Baron Fig Confidants and Leuchturn1917 Sketchbooks. This article has a few more to consider.

A Primer on Fountain Pens - If you've been curious about fountain pens and how they work, this article is for you.

Dad Life Rules Podcast Interview with Mike Rohde - I was on KC Proctor's Dad Life Rules Podcast talking about embracing creativity and letting our kids teach us. Have a listen!

Say Howdy

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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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