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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!

Sketchnote Workbook

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!

Thursday
May012014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 8 - Sketching Wrapped! New Sketchnote Icon T-Shirt Available

HALFWAY DONE! This weekend I was able to complete the sketching phase of The Sketchnote Workbook. It was a long, tough process but rewarding when I put the last pencil stroke on the last page of my sketches.

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While sketches are not a completed book, they are the map that helps me figure out how to fit everything I want into the pages and what to illustrate to make that happen.

I’m planning to create a separate printed book and PDF ebook from the pencil sketches I did for The Sketchnote Workbook and one for the Handbook, too. If you’re interested in either or both of these books, [please let me know](mailto:mike@rohdesign.com).

### Inking Up Next
Now that the book has been completely sketched out, I’ll ink up all of the elements I need to build the pages, using the sketches as my map.

I’ll be capturing the inking process with a short video, much like I did in [update 7](http://rohdesign.com/weblog/2014/4/23/the-sketchnote-workbook-update-7-sketching-the-workbook-vide.html), to share in a future update, so look for that and wish me luck as I ink!

### Sketchnote Icon T-Shirts at Cotton Bureau
I’ve taken the design from the sweatshirt I’m wearing in the Sketchnote Workbook video and have created a two-color aqua and white version on dark gray tri-blend shirts at Cotton Bureau:

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The shirts will be available to order for just 10 more days, so act quickly to order yours. Pricing is $24 + $5 shipping anywhere in the US or $10 shipping to Canada and Europe. Order now!

### Mailing List
If you’re reading this on the site, you may not know I have a mailing list that sends these Workbook updates and my other posts right to your inbox. You can sign up for that newsletter right here.

### Pre-Order!
It really helps me out if you pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon. It ensures your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready, and it gives Peachpit a decent idea of how popular the book will be. Win-win!

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Thanks again for following along.

Wednesday
Apr232014

The Sketchnote Workbook Update 7 - Sketching The Workbook Video

Here's a brief video on my book design process using sketches and a written manuscript. This should give you a good idea how my process works when sketching out the entire book at a 10,000 foot level.

I'm about to complete the sketching phase this week and jump right into inking after that, which presents new challenges and opportunities.

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### Tumblr'ed
Follow my daily process of designing, illustrating and shooting video for this book at my Tumblr. I'm really digging the tool for documentation.

### Limited Edition Boxed Set
Several readers are 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.

### Pre-Order!
Yes, you can [pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013383171X/therohdesignwebs). That's the best way to ensure your copy is delivered as soon as it's ready.

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Thanks for reading and watching!