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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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Favorite Sounds for 2014

AT YEAR END, I'm sharing my favorite sounds — music and podcasts.


I listened to a lot of music this year, while creating The Sketchnote Workbook, here are some of the favorites I came back to again and again:

Ásgeir - In The Silence

In the silenceÁsgeir's In The Silence was suggested by my friend Brian Artka. I pre-ordered the album and once it arrived, I've had it playing at work, in the car, and traveling. It's a blend of folk, rock and ethereal vocals from Icelander Ásgeir. Favorite tracks include King and Cross, Torrent and In Harmony.

RAC - Strangers

414dWmYAtJL SS280RAC's Strangers came through the Song Exploder podcast. I love the 80s vibe. It provides me with an upbeat, energetic working soundtrack. Favorite tracks include Tegan & Sara's Hard to Hold, Matthew Koma's Cheap Sunglasses, and Katie Herzog's We Belong.

Reporter - Guggenheim

41kW7CvMNML SS280This album from Reporter turned out to be just what I needed to get deep focus while writing the manuscript for The Sketchnote Workbook. Repeated use created a habit: when this album started, I was instantly in a writing mindset. Favorite tracks include Bilbao and Berlin.


I've been a commuter since starting a contract design project in June, so I have more time for podcasts. Here are a few that stood out this year:

Song Exploder

Song ExploderMy pal Kris Hunt recommended Song Exploder with Hrishikesh Hirway. This is a podcast that deconstructs songs slice by slice using audio and interviews with the artists that create the track. Favorites include the Jeff Beal's House of Cards Theme and RAC's Let Go.

Unmistakable Creative

Unmistakable CreativeA recent addition to my listening list is Unmistakable Creative with Srinivas Rao. He has a great interview style that brings out the best discussions in his guests and make for good long-form listening. Favorites include Sarah Peck, Cal Newport, Jeff Spencer, and Joe Loya.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Hardcore HistoryI hesitate to call Dan Carlin's Hardcore History a podcast, as his shortest episodes start at about 2 hours. This is effectively an audiobook feed on history, disguised as a mild-mannered podcast. It will get you thinking. Favorites: Wrath of the Khans, Blueprint for Armageddon, and Thor's Angels.

I hope you enjoy these audio discoveries as 2015 unfolds!

- Mike


The Sketchnote Podcast

THE SECOND EPISODE of The Sketchnote Podcast went live today, so it's time to give you a little background on this extension of The Sketchnote Handbook and share what's coming in future episodes for the next few months.

Here's episode 1 - Sketching Concepts:

Subscribe to the podcasts at or over at iTunes to get new episodes sent to you upon release.

Origins of The Sketchnote Podcast

I've been a huge fan of podcasts since 2004, mainly listing to audio podcasts when I drive, walk, mow the lawn or shovel the walk. I've played with the medium a few years back, but it never made sense to produce a continuous podcast without a great topic as the focus.

So, when Peachpit pitched the idea of a video podcast as a way to extend the teachings from The Sketchnote Handbook, I knew I had the right topic, medium and timing to make something really cool. I got Brian Artka, my friend and video master from the book videos to help create the podcasts, and said yes.

Shooting Podcasts

Brian and I agreed to create 10 episodes, featuring three types of episodes: interviews, sketching ideas and critiques of reader sketchnotes.

Sketchnote Podcast with @sachac talking digital sketchnoting workflow!  Sketchnote Podcast - an episode on drawing serif type!
The Sketchnote Podcast Episode 2 using the iPad!

Brian and I wanted to continue the alternative approach started with the Sketchnote Handbook video, by shooting every podcast with a 5D Mk II in a documentary style. On a lark, I decided to include my iPhone with The Sketchnote Handbook logo as a unique way to mark each podcast.

We've also been trying to use different techniques — drawing in a pocket Moleskine with a gel pen, and then a sharpie, doing critiques, interviews and drawing techniques on the iPad as well. As we continue to shoot these episodes, we're improving the details and nailing down the best practices.

Podcast Release Schedule

We've now created 8 of 10 episodes — 2 more to shoot. We've released episode 2 today and will be releasing the remaining episodes every 2 weeks through May. We've shot an interview with Sacha Chua on digital sketchnoting, critiques of 2 more sketchnotes, and 3 sketching concepts and sketching serif type.

Here's the current list of upcoming episodes:

Subscribe today and each episode will appear in your podcasting app or iTunes every 2 weeks through May 2013 — and hopefully beyond.

Podcast Feedback and Suggestions

If you're interested in keeping these podcasts going past the first 10 episodes, let Peachpit know by sending feedback, let me know via email or comments below and rate the podcasts in iTunes.

If we get good feedback on these, there is a great chance Peachpit will extend a contract with Brian and I to make more of them.

Finally, be sure to check out and join the Sketchnote Handbook Flickr Group. There are some great samples of reader work there, which we will be using for future critiques — maybe yours can be one of those!


CaffiNation Podcast 291: Mistakes Happen

caffination.gifMy friend Paul Rj Muller, producer of the CaffiNation Podcast, dropped me a line yesterday.

Turns out he recovered a year-old interview we had about the Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar from his iPod. He's added it to espisode 291 — you can hear the interview 31 minutes in.

Thanks Paul for including our interview in the podcast!


Skecthnotes on The Thirsty Developer Podcast 39

I'm happy to announce that my interview on sketchnotes with Larry Clarkin and Dave Bost for the Thirsty Developer Podcast is online!

In this episode of the Thirty Developer Podcast, Larry, Dave and I talk about how sketchnotes came to be, my approach to creating them, the tools and techniques I use and how sketchnotes might be useful for information documentation on development projects.

Here's the show link and the full MP3 for your listening pleasure.