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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.

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.

Friday
May152015

The Dispatch: Sketchnoting is an Infinite Game

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SKETCHNOTING is an infinite game. It's more like playing catch with your child than hitting a winning home run in the World Series. We sketchnote for the joy of creating, experimenting, and learning.

Don't let imperfect drawing skills stop you from playing the game of sketchnotes. Grab a pen and join us!

Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago, Friday June 26th!

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in Chicago, Friday June 26th at 37signals' offices. 16 spots will be available for my full-day workshop to build your sketchnoting skills starting next week. More details.

Interested in having me teach a sketchnote workshop at your business or university? Send me a note and let's talk.

Interesting Links

Paper Think Kit - Paper, the free iPad app from FiftyThree, has a new set of tools called Think Kit, including diagramming, quick fill, and cut to Paper's toolset. See this article or this video for ways to use these new tools.

Milton Glaser: Drawing to Think - Video of design legend Milton Glaser talking about drawing and how it helps him think, while he draws.

15 Notebooks That Will Inspire Your Creativity - Lots of people ask about my favorite notebooks — I say Moleskine Sketchbooks, Baron Fig Confidants and Leuchturn1917 Sketchbooks. This article has a few more to consider.

A Primer on Fountain Pens - If you've been curious about fountain pens and how they work, this article is for you.

Dad Life Rules Podcast Interview with Mike Rohde - I was on KC Proctor's Dad Life Rules Podcast talking about embracing creativity and letting our kids teach us. Have a listen!

Say Howdy

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.