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Friday
Oct232015

Dispatch: Sketchnote Workbook in Russian!

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Это здесь! The Sketchnote Workbook in Russian is out! I'm excited to see new translations of my books. Mann-Ivanov-Ferber did a fantastic job translating the book, right down to the text on individual sketchnotes!.

Talking Sketchnotes on The Portfolio Life Podcast

This week, my interview on Portfolio Life with writer and podcaster, Jeff Goins released. We talked sketchnotes and how I try to balance my workday as a UX designer with sketchnoting activities. Have a listen and leave comments!

Sketchnote Mini-Workshop Video

I recently presented The Sketchnote Mini-Workshop at Madison Non-Profit Day, and my friends at Field 59 captured it on video.

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

Interesting Links

♥ How to Break In a Hardcover Notebook - Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal method shares great tips, including this gem: a simple way to prep your hardcover notebooks so their bindings won't crack.

♥ Doodling, Sketching and ‘Mind Mapping’ as Learning Tools - A New York Times piece about the benefits of sketchnoting for learning. Awesome!

♥ Sketchnotes for Visual Thinking in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) - This article from Nicolai Marquardt and Saul Greenberg from University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science, show how integrating sketchnotes into interaction designers’ everyday practice facilitates visual thinking, sense making, reflection, application of ideas, sketching practice, and sharing.

♥ Be More Productive With Just A Pen And Paper - Productivityist's Mike Dariano shares a simple, practical method using index cards and the Dash/Plus System to improve your productivity.

♥ Fountain Pen Nib Infographic - Pen Chalet has created a supremely detailed infographic that explains everything you'll ever need to know about fountain pen nibs and how they work.

♥ JetPens Guide to Pencil Hardness - Another fantastic piece from JetPens on pencil hardness grades and where each one is best used.

Reach out and say hello.

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

Buy My Bestselling Books

Like my newsletter? I think you'll love reading my two bestselling books on sketchnoting. Check 'em out!

The Sketchnote Handbook

The Sketchnote Handbook
teaches regular people how to draw simply, think visually and create sketchnotes.
Buy the Handbook

    The Sketchnote Workbook

The Sketchnote Workbook
illustrates many new ways you can use sketchnotes to think and make your life better.
Buy the Workbook

Use code SKETCHNOTE for 35% off my books at Peachpit.

Tuesday
Oct062015

Dispatch: Green Bay Packer NFL Sketchnotes

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It's Football Season! I've been having fun sketchnoting this year's Green Bay Packer NFL football games since experimenting last year sketchnoting the NFL Championship game (yuck) and Super Bowl XLIX (great game).

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It's a great way to document the game experience and let go of the stress of being a fan who can only watch what happens. I first shared sketchnoting sporting events in The Sketchnote Workbook.

I've been using my Hobonichi Techo Logbook to capture games, creating a title before the game starts and documenting each major event as the game unfolds. If you have a favorite sport, try sketchnoting it!

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

Interesting Links

♥ Interview with BBC Newcastle Nick Barnes: when Notes blend Commentary and Art - From my sister site, Sketchnote Army, Mauro Toselli and I had a chance to ask Sunderland Football Club's BBC announcer Nick Barnes about his sketchnote prep and capture of football games. Fantastic!

♥ 50+ Awesome Sketchnoting Resources - Design Lounge has gathered a TON of resources on sketchnoting in one place. Check it out!

♥ Tips on Improving Your Handwriting - A handy article from Wonder Pens on how to make your handwriting and cursive writing better. Good tips!

♥ I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook & Reference Guide - This Kickstarter project from Matt Marrocco aims to teach you how to draw Manga style with a reference book. There's still a chance to get in on the campaign!

♥ JetPens Guide to Drawing Pens - I try not to share JetPens guides in every issue of the Dispatch, but I can't seem avoid it - their articles are too good! This guide to drawing pens is especially useful for sketchnoters.

Reach out and say hello.

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

Buy My Bestselling Books

Like my newsletter? I think you'll love reading my two bestselling books on sketchnoting. Check 'em out!

The Sketchnote Handbook

The Sketchnote Handbook
teaches regular people how to draw simply, think visually and create sketchnotes.
Buy the Handbook

    The Sketchnote Workbook

The Sketchnote Workbook
illustrates many new ways you can use sketchnotes to think and make your life better.
Buy the Workbook

Use code SKETCHNOTE for 35% off my books at Peachpit.

Thursday
Sep172015

Dispatch: Daily Logs & Wisconsin Workshops

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Friends, It's time to prepare your 2016 daily log. I've been logging my days in 2014 and 2015. I've found it incredibly rewarding. I stole the idea from my friend Austin Kleon. Now is the time to order a 2016 logbook!

Logging events as they happen, helps me avoid past failures at keeping a traditional diary. Of course, I miss days here and there, but I love going back and sketchnoting in the empty pages. I carry my logbook when I travel and sketchnote my experiences. See A Year of Daily Logging for details.

Order your logbook now, and hit the ground running in January:

Sketchnote Workshop: Milwaukee - Sep 26th

On Saturday September 26 I'm running a half-day workshop from 9 to noon at The Hudson Business Lounge in Milwaukee, in partnership with IDSA Wisconsin. For $75 you're get in-depth teaching and exercises in a small group setting, a sketchnote kit (pens, pencils and a notebook) and a custom Sketchnote Workshop Milwaukee t-shirt. Sign up today!

Sketchnote Mini-Workshop: Madison - Oct 6th

I'm presenting the Sketchnote Mini-Workshop on Tuesday, October 6th from 9:30-10:45 at Madison Non-Profit day. The entire event is just $75. Learn more at the Madison Non-Profilt Day website.

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

Interesting Links

♥ Verbal to Visual Daily Videos - My pal Doug Neill is creating videos every day on YouTube. I especially love Is Sketchnoting Really Worth My Time? and How To Filter Ideas While Sketchnoting. Thanks Doug!

♥ Brain Doodles - A fantastic resource from Thomas Michaud to get you doodling and drawing. Check it out!

♥ JetPens Guide to Technical Pens - JetPens has been killing it with these great guides to pens of all kinds. This one focuses on technical pens that are great for sketchnoting and illustration.

♥ My Experience with Sketchnotes - Abhijit Bhaduri the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro in India is a huge fan of sketchnotes. This article talks about his experiences using sketchnotes in his life with lots of samples.

♥ MS Dev Show Podcast - Jason and Carl, both developers, talk with me about sketchnoting and how using it can benefit developers in learning skills and communicating ideas within teams. Listen in!

♥ NL Sketchnoting, Graphic Recording & Visual Thinking Podcast - Had a great time talking with my friend Laurens Bonnema from Holland about my life and how it's shaped me as a designer and sketchnoter. Have a listen!

♥ The Sketchnote Podcast: Season 1 Re-Released - I've re-released my Sketchnote Video Podcasts on YourTube and Vimeo. Enjoy!

Reach out and say hello.

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

Buy My Bestselling Books

Like my newsletter? I think you'll love reading my two bestselling books on sketchnoting. Check 'em out!

The Sketchnote Handbook

The Sketchnote Handbook
teaches regular people how to draw simply, think visually and create sketchnotes.
Buy the Handbook

    The Sketchnote Workbook

The Sketchnote Workbook
illustrates many new ways you can use sketchnotes to think and make your life better.
Buy the Workbook

Use code SKETCHNOTE for 35% off my books at Peachpit.

Saturday
Sep052015

Dispatch: Kansas City BBQ

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KANSAS CITY was fantastic. I had the opportunity to speak at the Coffee + Design meetup on Friday morning, hung out with Shawn Blanc and later with Gregory Kolsto at his Oddly Correct Coffee Shop. Then, delicious BBQ from Joe's KC BBQ at Loose Park with Shawn and the Coffee + Design team.

You can see a live recording of my talk on YouTube, though the video is reversed and a little spotty here and there.

On Saturday, 40 students and I had a great day at Sprint Accelerator, in the Crossroads neighborhood in KC. We worked through the basics of drawing, sketchnoting exercises and a final activity mapping the cool things in Kansas City on whiteboards. I had a great time and so did the students!

Ana Reichert of The Well Appointed Desk was a student and wrote a great recap of the Workshop that's worth reading.




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

Interesting Links

♥ 50+ Awesome Resources to Create Visual Notes, Graphic Recordings & Sketchnotes - A great set of recourses collected by my friends at Creative Market. This list is so deep, it might take you a week to get through it all.

♥ Guide to Choosing a Fountain Pen - Have you wanted to buy a fountain pen but just weren't sure where to start? Jet Pens has you covered.

♥ Sketchnoting on the iPad - Rae Fearing offers an interesting approach for using the iPad for sketchnoting. Thanks Rae!

♥ Verbal to Visual You Tube Channel - My friend Doug Neill is experimenting with daily videos teaching sketchnoting techniques on YouTube. Check it out!

♥ Jay Cousins Review of the Sketchnote Workbook - Betook founder Jay Cousins uses his Betabook to review of my Sketchnote Workbook. Cool!

♥ The Sketchnote Podcast: Season 1 Re-Released - I've re-released my Sketchnote Video Podcasts on YourTube and Vimeo. Enjoy!

Reach out and say hello.

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

Buy My Bestselling Books

Like my newsletter? I think you'll love reading my two bestselling books on sketchnoting. Check 'em out!

The Sketchnote Handbook

The Sketchnote Handbook
teaches regular people how to draw simply, think visually and create sketchnotes.

Buy the Handbook

    The Sketchnote Workbook

The Sketchnote Workbook
illustrates many new ways you can use sketchnotes to think and make your life better.

Buy the Workbook

Use code SKETCHNOTE for 35% off my books at Peachpit.

Tuesday
Aug252015

The Sketchnote Podcast: Season 1 Re-Released

I'M EXCITED to re-release my series of 10 Sketchnote Podcast videos for you. Watch all 10 episodes on Vimeo, YouTube, or right here:

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 1

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 2

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 3

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 4

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 5

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 6

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 7

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 8

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 9

Sketchnote Podcast Episode 10

Video shot and edited by Brian Artka at Size 43 Creative. Thanks Brian!

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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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