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Monday
May182015

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

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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.

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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

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

Buy My Books

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

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

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Friday
May012015

The Dispatch: Prague

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I WAS IN PRAGUE for the iCON Conference keynote and workshop with my wife last weekend. We had a fantastic time in that beautiful city. As a super-duper bonus, I met my good friend and Sketchnote Army Chief Operating Sketchnoter, Mauro Toselli and his better half, Betta.

The keynote and workshop went well, I signed a stack of books. met great people and appeared on Czech TV Nova's morning show! Mauro, Betta, Gail and I had several afternoons to explore Prague. It was a wonderful weekend.

Here are a few favorite photos, for more, visit my full album on Flickr.

Mike, Jasna and Gail Hotel View
Prague Castle Cathedral Cathedral Door Knocker
Prague Castle in Spring Streets of Prague
Mike Meets Mauro Two Young Sketchnoters
The Sketchnote Handbook in Czech Signing Books

Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago, Friday June 26th!

Mark your calendars! My next Sketchnote Workshop is set for Chicago in on Friday June 26th. There will be 16 spots available for this full-day workshop to accelerate your sketchnoting. Stay tuned for location and details.

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

Interesting Links

90% Perfect - My friend Sean McCabe's recent video podcast episode caught my eye because I constantly see sketchnoters struggling with being perfect. I love Sean's approach aiming for 90% perfection. Check it out.

Sarah's Nerdy Highlighter Note System - Sarah Kathleen Peck uses to highlighters on her notes to show priority and action throughout the day. This might be a great addition to your daily logbook or sketchnotes.

Home Work Podcast: The One About Notebooks - Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo discuss their personal systems for note-taking, preferred setups, and resources for notebooks and pens in this podcast.

NY Times: Moleskine Notebooks Adapt to the Digital World - An interesting piece about Moleskine's shift to make analog notebooks relevant in an increasingly digital world. I think it's s smart move (via The Cramped).

10 Sketchnote Tips for Microsoft OneNote - I worked with the Microsoft OneNote team to create a series of 10 tips for sketchnoting you can use in OneNote or anywhere else. Get the set of all 10 at Facebook or Flickr.

Say Hello

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

Buy My Books

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

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

Learn more and buy →

Wednesday
Apr152015

The Dispatch: 37,000 Reasons to Celebrate!

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GREAT NEWS! Combined sales of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook, including English, Russian, German, Chinese and Czech books and videos have sold over 37,000 copies! I'm encouraged that my books resonate with readers worldwide. Thanks everyone!

The Sketchnote Workshop at The Skillery in Nashville last Saturday went well. 22 students learned new sketchnoting exercises and expanded their abilities, while enjoying delicious coffee and baked goods. Thanks Nashville!

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Next Thursday I'm in Prague, Czech Republic, for the iCON Conference, keynoting on April 25th and leading a sketchnote workshop on April 26th.

My next Sketchnote Workshop is shaping up for Chicago in June. Details are being finalized. Stay tuned for more info right here on the Dispatch.

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

Interesting Links

Verbal to Visual Classroom - My friend Doug Neill has launched a new video course, teaching his approach to visual notetaking. It's called Verbal to Visual Classroom and is a great value at $49. Have a look!

How To Draw Like Disney's Best Animators - Alan Becker made videos to demonstrate 12 principles Disney animators use to create cartoons.

Drawing on Index Cards - Laurence Musgrove at Angelo State created a new course on drawing to learn. He used index cards to help his students access a new, visual way of solving problems. Give it a try!

Dear Data - Two women who switched continents get to know each other through the data they draw and send across the pond. I LOVE this!

Connecting your paper notebooks with the digital age - Nifty little hack from Rodrigo Franco, where you create a URL reference system to capture links in your analog notebooks (via The Cramped).

The Instigator's Compass - My friend Srini Rao's free ebook, The Instigator's Compass, is a manifesto on opening yourself to living a full, creative life. Listen to The Unmistakable Creative, my favorite podcast.

Drop a Line

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

Buy My Books

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

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

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Friday
Apr032015

The Dispatch: Springtime and Sketchnoting

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IT'S SPRING in Milwaukee — winter is finally over!

Regardless of weather, I've been busy teaching sketchnote workshops. In March, I taught at The University of Michigan and at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. On Saturday, April 11th, I'll lead two workshops at The Skillery in Nashville (sign up here). I'm in Prague, Czech Republic, April 25-26th, keynoting and leading a sketchnote workshop at the iCON Conference.

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

Sketchnote Handbook in Chinese and Czech

The Sketchnote Handbook is impacting more of he world too. Chinese and Czech editions were released this spring. It's great to see people encouraged to sketchnote in languages I don't even understand.

The Sketchnote Handbook Chinese Edition The Sketchnote Handbook Czech Edition

Interesting Links

Sketchnoting: An Engineer's Approach - A helpful article on sketchnoting from engineer Chiu-Ki Chan. I love how she reframed the challenge of sketchnoting away from being able to draw perfectly, and toward creating simple objects and embracing constraints.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard - Fascinating research studies revealed the advantages of longhand over laptop note-taking. Studies showed students who took hand-written notes processed ideas better and gained a deeper understanding, while students typing notes on keyboards tended to transcribe lectures verbatim, with a shallower grasp of ideas.

The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking - Here's an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education related to handwritten vs. laptop notes. One year after banning students from taking notes on laptops, a professor Carol E. Holstead reports on the results of her ban.

5 Drawing Exercises That Will Turn Anyone Into An Artist - Exercises to get you drawing, doodling and thinking visually from Emily Potts.

Getting Practical: 3 Ways Writers Can Use Sketchnotes - Writer Cheryl Reifsnyder offers 3 ways sketchnotes can help writers: idea mapping, character arc mapping and story detail mapping. Great applications!

Pencil vs. Pixel Podcast: Analog Note Taking - A new podcast episode on analog note-taking from Cesar Contreras, featuring interviews with me, Joey Cofone of Baron Fig, and Gabriel Shalom of Betabook.

Drop a Line

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

Buy My Books

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

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

Learn more and buy →