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Saturday
Jan162016

My New Book: The 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge!

I'M WRITING A NEW BOOK! I'm working with Peachpit on The 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge. This will be book 3 in my sketchnoting trilogy, and it's scheduled to launch in early fall 2016.

Here's the new cover design in aqua, black, and orange, with new icons that represent the 30-day challenge:

30 Day Sketchnote Challege Cover v3

What's the new book about?

The 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge is different than The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook—it's designed to guide you through simple daily drawing exercises and mini-projects to improve your visual note-taking skills over a 30-day period. It's a directed, process-based approach that methodically improves your sketchnoting a little bit at a time.

All new content!

This new book will feature all new content, including tons of tutorials showing you step-by-step how to create simple drawings that you can use over and over again in your sketchnotes.

Book Concepts

We're running these how-tos along the bottom of every page throughout the entire book. I want to pack this book full of great, easy-to-master drawing tips to simultaneously help you build a fantastic icon library and boost your confidence in your own drawing skills.

Sketchnotes from around the world!

Just like the Handbook and the Workbook, I'll feature the work of sketchnoters from around the world. I love inspiring readers by sharing the work from the many friendly and welcoming sketchnoting community members.

I'll be sharing a form in a few weeks where you can apply to be a featured sketchnoter in the book, so stay tuned!

Where did the concept come from?

I've been inspired by a few key experiences:

Keeping a daily logbook since January 2014. I've found that by doing little bits of sketchnoting every day, I see gradual progress in my thinking, creativity, and openness to new ideas.

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Shawn Blanc's Focus Course. The Focus Course helped me envision a step-by-step approach to improving sketchnote skills that's fun, practical, and delivered in small, bite-sized pieces that won't overwhelm you.

Focus course

Teaching tons of sketchnote workshops. I've been all over the world, teaching sketchnoting to hundreds of students. I've found that a methodical, layered approach to building skills is the most effective way to help non-artists feel comfortable and excited about visual note-taking. I can't wait to pour what I've learned from my workshops into this book.

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I'll document my process right here.

For The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook, I loved documenting the experience of writing them with updates, photos, and sneak peeks. Once again, I'll document the experience while creating The 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge, right here on the blog, on Instagram, and on Twitter.

The Dispatch will change a bit until the new book is complete. In order to focus on writing, I'm pausing the Dispatch format until September.

Thank you!

Thanks so much for your support as I craft this new book. I'm excited to create a new way for people to enter into sketchnoting.

Pre-Order The 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge!

Pre-order The 30-Day Sketchnote Challenge at Amazon!

Saturday
Jan092016

World Sketchnote Day 2016: Monday, January 11, 2016

IT'S A NEW TRADITION! Every year on January, 11th, starting in 2016, we'll celebrate World Sketchnote Day!

World Sketchnote Day

For 24 hours on January 11th of each year (starting in 2016), sketchnoters and sketchnote enthusiasts across the world will celebrate the technique that disrupted note-taking and visual communications!

2016 Official Hashtag: #SNDay2016

What is World Sketchnote Day?

In 2007, I coined the term "sketchnote" and over the years it has been adopted by a huge number of people around the world.

I and Mauro Toselli at Sketchnote Army want to gather our friendly and welcoming community of sketchnoters to share our love for sketchnotes and to express our sketchnote-nerdyness.

World Sketchnote Day IS for everyone, from beginners to experts, and enthusiasts to professionals. If you can create marks on paper, you are welcome to join us!

How to celebrate

Share the Love! Let your Friends know about World Sketchnote Day.

Espresso Sketchnote

Celebrate by sketchnoting something and sharing it with #SNDay2016

The simplest way: jump in the challenge and create one or more sketchnotes working on these themes:

  • "Sketchnotes are..."
  • "Sketchnotes changed my life because... "
  • "I wish I could create a sketchnote for... "
  • Don't forget to share your work with the #SNDay2016 hashtag!
  • Grab some post-its, a marker and decorate your office, the bus, the train, the subway while commuting, the gym — everywhere with mini-sketchnotes, then share photos with the world
  • Hang a large piece of paper somewhere and start a visual conversation with work colleagues or even strangers
  • Gift yourself or a friend a new pen/pencil/marker
  • Gift yourself or a friend a new notebook
  • Build a hand bound notebook and draw a gorgeous cover on it
  • Create a small sketchnoted coloring book for your own kids, nephews or little friends

Don't forget to share with #SNDay2016 hashtag to let us know!

We're celebrating by giving away prizes!

Sign up and tell us how you celebrate for a chance to win one of the prizes offered by our Awesome Sponsors! It's easy: just fill the entry form on the World Sketchnote Day page.

Join the Ask-a-Pro conversations with our Supporters all day long!

Make the most out of the World Sketchnote Day by asking real sketchnote professionals for suggestions, tips, and tricks. See the Awesome Supporters to know how to get in touch with the "Pro"!

Join us for World Sketchnote Day and let's have some fun!

Thursday
Dec102015

Dispatch: The Sum of Our Experiences

Experiences

2015 was a great year for me. I was fortunate to travel to Nashville, Prague, Boston, Kansas City, NYC, and Portland all in one year. I remember each experience and treasure each discussion I had along the way. If I saw you on the road this year, thanks for your support!

I'm taking a break to review and rest up for 2016. I have several exciting announcements to share soon, so stay tuned. See you in January!

Happy 3rd Birthday Sketchnote Handbook!

December 2nd was the 3rd birthday of The Sketchnote Handbook, so Peachpit and I are giving you the gift of 35% off! Use code SKETCHNOTE3 on the paper book, ebook or a bundle at Peachpit. It's a great way to share sketchnoting with someone this holiday season.

Podcast Interview: The Optimized Geek

I had a fantastic interview with Stephan Spencer on shaping ideas and remembering experiences through sketchnotes. Have a listen!

Private Sketchnote Workshops

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, mcgarrybowen in NYC and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ Confessions of a first time sketchnoter - Neil Williams, product management lead at GOV.UK, gave sketchnoting a try, and documented his experience. Great insights from a first time sketchnoter.

♥ TED: Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe? - Take 12 minutes to watch Genevieve von Petzinger describe the 32 symbols she's found all over Europe. Visual thinking is very, very old.

♥ Chris Spalton: Sketchnoting in Norwich UK's business community - My friend and Sketchnote Workbook contributor Chris Spalton is using sketchnotes to visualize company meetings for his clients. Go Chris!

♥ Analog Products/Digital App Makers Round-up - A nice overview of blended analog+digital tools from my friend Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk.

♥ JetPens YouTube Video Channel - Last week I found the JetPens video collection and learned about Tomoe River paper. What a fantastic resource!

♥ What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop - Harvard Business Review's Maggy McGloin argues for the advantages of analog note-taking, citing the recent study by Mueller and Oppenheimer.

Reach out and say hello.

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The Sketchnote Handbook

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Tuesday
Nov242015

Dispatch: Espresso 101 Sketchnotes

Espresso 101 Sketchnote

ESPRESSO is one of my favorite things. I attended a Espresso 101 class at Stone Creek Coffee, and sketchnoted the entire 3 hours of learning. It was a fantastic experience. Highly recommended. See the full set of photos.

Pulling Shots Espresso Sketchnote Detail

Thank You!

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches I want to say thank you. Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter. Thank you for purchasing and sharing my books. Thank you for the constant encouragement. I appreciate you.

My Interview with Officehours

Officehours is a free service dedicated to connecting their members with amazing people, for 10 minutes of free 1-on-1 advice. I was invited to answer some interesting questions about my background as a designer, book writing, and sketchnoting community now that I'm an Officehours Advisor.

Private Sketchnote Workshops

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, mcgarrybowen in NYC and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ Visual Note-Taking for Educators - My friend and Sketchnote Workshop Chicago student Wendi Pillars just released a new book for educators looking to integrate sketchnotes into the classroom. Go get it!

♥ The Pen Addict's Apple Pencil Review - Pen Addict's Myke Hurley offers a pen fanatic's review of the Apple Pencil — very relevant for sketchnoters.

♥ 50 Themes to Brighten Up Your Sketchbook - Sometimes your sketchbook needs a little jolt. Here are 50 ideas from the Sketchbook Skool team on how to doing something different in your sketchbook.

♥ The Incredible Creative Power of One-Minute Sketches - Inc. Magazine writer Ilan Mochari shares ideas on getting your colleagues to see what you mean, through simple, one minute sketches.

♥ Favorite Notebooks for Fountain Pen - Another great article from JetPens, this piece reveals favorite notebooks designed to handle fountain pens.

♥ The Problem with Fancy Notebooks - Austin Kleon shares a tidbit of wisdom from Merlin Mann's Back to Work Podcast on marking up blank pages in fancy notebooks. His solution? Make your notebook “a safe place, a place where you can go to make a mess.”

Reach out and say hello.

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Buy My Books

If you like my newsletter, I bet you would love my 2 books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

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The Sketchnote Workbook

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Friday
Nov062015

Dispatch: Whiteboard Sketchnoting

Whiteboard Sketchnotes

WHITEBOARDS are everywhere in modern business environments. I've been fortunate to work as a UX designer in a space with wall-sized whiteboards and a leadership team and encourages experimentation with them.

Every Monday my team and I whiteboard features we're going to add to the web-based app we're building together. This 1 hour meeting is a highlight of our week that always draws our team together.

The photo above is from the church community group where I live-sketchnote Bible chapters on the whiteboard each Sunday. My classmates love seeing scripture come alive in real-time and it's great practice for me.

This week I challenge you sketchnote ideas a whiteboard. Play with some dry-erase markers and explore! Who knows where it might lead you.

Need a portable whiteboard? Check out Betabook!

My Interview with Ryder Carroll

Ryder Carroll of Bullet Journal invited me to answer a few questions for his Bullet Journal community. I had a great time going into nerdy sketchnote detail. You can read the interview at the Bullet Journal Blog: Sketchnotes.

Oops! last time I made a mistake on the link for Ryder's How to Break In a Hardcover Notebook video. Here's the updated link.

Peachpit Author Chat on Storify

A few weeks ago, Peachpit Press had an Author Chat with me on Twitter. Now they've captured the discussion on a Storify page for your reading pleasure.

Private Sketchnote Workshops

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, mcgarrybowen in NYC and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Interested? Let's talk.

Interesting Links

♥ 15 Tips to Improve Your Drawing Skills - This is a great way to improve your drawing skills with 15 prompts from Daisy Yellow.

♥ Digital Drawing Workout: The Art of Subtraction - Artist Shantell Martin uses FiftyThree's Paper app on an iPad to share a digital drawing workout on Skillshare. It's just 32 minutes, so check it out!

♥ JetPens Guide to Mechanical Pencils - I'm a fan of sketching with mechanical pencils. I use a 1.15mm Retro 51 Tornado pencil for my work. JetPens shares the wide variety of mechanical pencils available.

♥ Baron Fig 2016 Confidant Planner - My friends at Baron Fig have just released a new Confidant Weekly Planner for 2016. If you want to get into journaling or logging your days, this is a great notebook ($22).

♥ The Steal Like An Artist Journal Talk - My buddy Austin Kleon has a new 30 minute video on how his journaling led to creating his new Steal Like and Artist Journal. It's full of journaling samples and inspiration.

♥ Make it last 150 years with paper - An excellent article from Garrick van Buren on why paper (and not the cloud), is the real medium that can help your work last 150 years or more, via The Cramped.

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 love my 2 books on sketchnoting:

The Sketchnote Handbook

Learn more and buy →

The Sketchnote Workbook

Learn more and buy →