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Wednesday
Sep242014

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

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Brooklyn in the distance.

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Proof shot! I was on the Brooklyn Bridge.

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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

Monday
Aug182014

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: Indigo.ca (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:

http://rohdesign.com/workbook

You can use any images from the [Sketchnote Workbook Flickr album](https://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/sets/72157638774697013/).

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.

Thanks!

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

Monday
Jul212014

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.

Thanks!

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!

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Friday
Jul112014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 10 - Start the Presses!

THE BOOK IS DONE! Yes, my design files are with Peachpit’s production department, on their way to print!

Around the middle of August, fresh copies of [The Sketchnote Workbook](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs) will roll off of the presses and find their way to customers.

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Somehow, my team and I were able to overcome all of the delays, obstacles and problems of the last four months and deliver the book on time. If you had told me that in March, April, May or June, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Chalk it up to hard work and help from my amazing Mom and Dad, who have tirelessly helped care for our kids, assisting Gail as she is recovering well from her back surgery in late March.

I won’t forget the help of friends and family, our church community, and my editors and publisher for all being creative and supporting us when everything seemed bleak.

Finally, your support as readers and part of the sketchnoting community has been special to me. I’ve felt so much encouragement as you have rallied around my journey. Thank you for helping make this book happen.

### Book Update
The book is looking fabulous! I’ve seen proofs of the cover and interior pages—all I can say is WOW!

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The presses will start running in a week or so, and in mid-August, we’ll have a big ol’ batch of Sketchnote Workbooks to send out. I can’t wait!

I will admit that the last several weeks were a grind. I would typically wake at 7AM and work on the book until 1AM with lunch and dinner breaks for days on end. At the end it is so worth seeing this book come to life in black and orange.

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I’m extremely pleased with the mix of samples from other sketchnoters, the amount of worksheets and challenges we’ve created, and the overall breadth of the book’s content.

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We’ve aimed to capture everything I’ve learned in the last five years as I’ve experimented with sketchnoting. I can’t wait to see how you guys apply these ideas and create new ways to use sketchnoting. It’s going to be awesome!

### Video Update
[Brian Artka](https://twitter.com/bartka), my video storyteller, worked like crazy to meet his deadline in June. [Gabe Wollenburg](https://twitter.com/bartka) wrote scripts, and helped index and create fun questions. [Steve Mork](https://twitter.com/elektro815) created a great new soundtrack.

The cinematography, screenplay, and music work great together as a unit:

Together, we've created 2 hours and 41 minutes of advanced teaching across 32 videos. I can’t wait for you to enjoy and learn from the videos we’ve crafted.

Steve Mork also created a remix version of the theme you can download:

Pretty cool, eh?

### Colorization Video
I happened to take a brief video of the colorization process in Photoshop as a final installment in my video series:

When I receive the final copies of the book, I’ll take some video as well as photos and share them in another update.

### Request a Sketchnote Icon T-Shirt Re-Run!
Back in May, 70 two-color aqua and white Sketchnote Icon t-shirts were sold at Cotton Bureau. Right now there are 24 requests for a re-run, and if we hit 50, Cotton Bureau will launch a new run. If you missed ordering one of these t-shirts before, here’s your chance to make them available again. [Request a re-run on this page](https://cottonbureau.com/products/sketchnote-icons) to make it happen.

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### Sketchnote Icon Hoodies?
Interested in buying a hoodie like the one I wear in the video? If so, [drop me a line](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com?subject=Sketchnote Icon Hoodie). I would need to line up a printer and other details, but if I have enough interest, it could be fun to create those too. Let me know if you would prefer pull-over vs. zippered, and one color icons vs. white and aqua.

### Mailing List
I have a mailing list that sends these updates right to your inbox. You can [sign up for that newsletter right here](http://rohdesign.com/newsletter/).

### Pre-Order!
It really helps me out if you [pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs). It ensures your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready, and it gives Peachpit a decent idea of how popular the book could be. Win-win!

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Hey! We did it!!

Tuesday
May132014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 9 - Inking, Building, Video & T-Shirts!

I’M DEEP inking illustrations, getting ready to scan and use them in combination with my manuscript and submitted samples to build The Sketchnote Workbook.(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs)

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Here’s a brief video I shot of the inking process, if you’re curious:

By the end of the month, I need to have inked pieces done and have the pages for the body of the book done. It’s been a challenge with work and family obligations. The good news: my wife is recovering well, though slowly, from her back surgery.

I hope I can pull this off.

### Final Video Shoots Ahead
Brian and I will be shooting the final two videos this week (8 and 9). All of the scripted voiceovers have been recorded, which leaves the ad-lib voiceovers I’ll do as I watch myself work in rough cuts of the videos.

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We’re getting close on the video, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out in Brian’s final edits. I think you’ll love all of the process-of-sketchnoting work captured in the video. I can't wait for you to enjoy it.

### 70 Sketchnote Icon T-Shirts Sold!
Yes! 70 t-shirts sold at [The Cotton Bureau](https://cottonbureau.com). You guys are pretty amazing. If you’re one of the buyers, your t-shirts should be arriving in a few weeks. I'd love to see your photos on social media. Thanks for your support!

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### Mailing List
I have a mailing list that sends these updates right to your inbox. You can [sign up for that newsletter right here](http://rohdesign.com/newsletter/).

### Tumblr'ed
Follow my designing, illustrating and shooting video for this book at [my Tumblr](http://rohdesign.tumblr.com).

### Pre-Order!
It really helps me out if you [pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs). It ensures your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready and it gives Peachpit a decent idea how popular the book could be. Win-win!

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### Limited Edition Boxed Set
Several readers were interested in a boxed set once both books are published. The books would be signed and the enclosing box would have hand-drawn illustrations in limited quantities (maybe 25). If this sounds interesting, [drop me a note](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com), and I'll add you to my pre-interest list.

OK, back to work!