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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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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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Saturday
Aug222015

Dispatch: New York City 2.0

NYC Sunset

My wife I had a superb return visit to New York City this week. On Sunday we flew into that sunset over Manhattan and enjoyed a gorgeous view of The Empire State and Chrysler buildings from our hotel. On Monday we explored the High Line, Chelsea Market, Soho, Central Park and 30 Rock. So great.

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On Tuesday, I led a sketchnote workshop at mcgarrybowen, an ad agency in Chelsea, NYC. I taught sketchnoting techniques and guided students as they created idea generation sketchnotes and sketchnoted a video. After lunch, I built up their visual thinking skills for ideation sessions. What a blast!

Speaking of sketchnote workshops:

Spots are still available at the Sketchnote Workshop in Kansas City, Saturday, August 29!

Yes, you can still attend the Kansas City Sketchnote Workshop on Saturday, August 29th, in partnership with Coffee & Design.

Sign up for the Sketchnote Workshop for $75, which includes a sketchnote kit, breakfast, lunch and coffee. Bring yourself — we provide the rest!

Use code CROSSROADS for $15 off the $75 price of the workshop!

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

5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning & Creativity - Anna Dabrowska shares how doodling helps you process, retain, and share information.

♥ How I use my notebooks - Jenny Mason of The Finer Point shares what notebooks she uses and how she uses them (via The Cramped).

♥ Rocketbook: Cloud-Integrated Microwavable Notebook - Rocketbook is an IndieGoGo project to create a re-usable notebook you can erase in the microwave and comes with a mobile app for capturing your notes.

♥ 80% Fancier Sketchnotes - Corinna Baldauf of Wall Skills created a handy poster of tips for creating 80% fancier sketchnotes. Download the big JPG.

♥ How It’s Made: Videos of Space Pens, Colored Pencils, Fountain Pens and More - You might fall into a YouTube hole with this collection of videos from Ana of the Well-Appointed Desk. You've been warned!

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.

Friday
Aug072015

Dispatch: Boston, NYC & KC!

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I WAS IN BOSTON last weekend, presenting my Sketchnote Mini Workshop at Design4Drupal for a great group at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. I had a great time with a very welcoming community—the mini workshop was a hit with the crew. Thanks to Dani Nordin for making it happen!

On Tuesday, August 18th I'm teaching a private sketchnote workshop in NYC for a local agency. I'm excited to get back to NYC after my first visit in 2014.

I'm in Kansas City on Friday morning, August 28th to give a free talk in collaboration with my friends Coffee & Design.

On Saturday, August 29th, I'm leading an all-day Sketchnote Workshop for $75 per student. If you're in Kansas City, grab these tickets—they will go fast.

Did you know I teach private sketchnote workshops at places like University of Michigan and Takeda Pharmaceuticals? I'd love to teach sketchnoting to your team too. Email me and let's talk.

Interesting Links

Betabook - This is such a great idea: a small whiteboard in the form of a sketchbook, complete with elastic strap, eraser and marker inside. I backed this project and LOVE my small Betabook so much, I ordered the large Betabook Pro (shipping in October 2015). Check it out.

♥ Guide to Drafting Pencils - I'm a fan of drafting pencils for concept sketching. Jet Pens teaches you about these pencils, so you can understand how they work, and which one might suit you best.

♥ Inside the Studio: Design a Secret Society Bandana with Jon Contino - Fascinating video from Skillshare featuring illustrator and designer, Jon Contino. Jon shares his design and illustration process for a silkscreened bandana. I love seeing creative processes in fine detail.

♥ Visual Notetaking & Science: Rob Dimeo’s Sketchnotes - A great piece from Richard Wilkinson at NIST Center for Neutron Research on Rob Dimeo's use of sketchnotes to capture complex scientific presentations. Go Rob!

♥ Why Startups Love Moleskines - Insights on why analog tools like Moleskines are surviving and thriving in high-tech startups.

♥ 5 Big Benefits Of Being A Doodler - Huffington Post writer Anna Almendrala shares 5 reasons doodling benefits you. Good stuff!

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.

Monday
Jul202015

The Dispatch: Sketchnote Summer

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SKETCHNOTE WORKSHOPS are happening all summer and I couldn't be more excited. The Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago happened a few weeks ago, and was fantastic. 8 students enjoyed a day of experimentation and feedback, great coffee, food and a private Q&A and Basecamp office tour with Jason Fried. What a great day it was!

This summer is still full of events: on Saturday, August 1st, I'm speaking at Design4Drupal in Boston, on Tuesday, August 18th I'm leading a private sketchnote workshop at an NYC agency, then I'm in Kansas City on Friday, August 28th, speaking at Coffee & Design, with an one-day workshop, Saturday the 29th. More details on that coming soon.

There are a few more events in my schedule this year, which I will be sure to share here first. Thanks so much for all of your support.

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

Interesting Links

Starting a Sketchbook or Visual Journal - If you've been curious about starting a visual journal, The Well Appointed Desk has a great primer for getting started with ideas and links to other inspiring journal ideas.

♥ Moleskine Alternatives - My friend Brad Dowdy at Pen Addict shares his favorite alternatives to Moleskine notebooks. I love my Moleskines, Baron Fig Confidants, and Leuchturm 1917 notebooks.

♥ Ink - Writen By Hand - A documentary film on the beauty of the handwritten word with pen and ink by Ryan Couldrey (via The Cramped).

♥ What I Learned From 100 Doodles In 100 Days - In seeking to be more creative, Steve Portigal decided to try doodling for 100 days. This essay explains what happened because of Steve's new practice.

♥ Coffee Sketchnote Prints, Pillows and Phone Cases - My coffee sketchnote art (Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte) have been re-released as prints, phone cases and pillows by Art Box One. They make great gifts!

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.

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