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Saturday
Aug222015

Dispatch: New York City 2.0

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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.

Saturday
Jun132015

The Dispatch: Apple Watch Sketchnotes

Apple Watch Sketchnote

AS A DESIGNER, it's important I stay aware of new technology and how it impacts users, so I'm logging my Apple Watch experiences as sketchnotes in a Baron Fig Confidant. It's been a fun and enjoyable process.

I'm capturing overall experiences with drawings and written text in my logbook, and have been adding some color to bring a little more life to the sketchnotes. Visit the Flickr album to see the complete set of sketchnotes.

Save $50 on The Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago!

CM Promo Chicago

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in just 2 weeks! On Friday June 26th I'll be teaching at 37signals' offices in Chicago. Spots are still available for this skill-building workshop. On the fence? Here's a coupon:

Save $50 off the $499 Chicago Workshop price when you use code BLUESBROS through Wednesday, June 24th! Register today!

Workshop register

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

I make, therefore I learn - David Hopkins talks about ways he stays creative in what might on the surface, not seem like a creative role as a learning technologist. Very inspiring David!

♥ 5 months in with the Hobonichi Techo - A long-term Hobonichi Techo journal review by Jenny Mason of The Finer Point. Long exposure to tools gives a much different perspective than quick reviews after a few days of use. I agree with Jenny on her experiences.

♥ Want to be an artist? Watch Groundhog Day - Why the creative process is like Groundhog Day, from my pal Austin Kleon. Fantastic!

♥ Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs - If you're curious about fountain pens but don't know where to start, JetPens.com has a great overview of fountain pen nibs to help you choose the right one for the job.

♥ How Did Ben Franklin and Isaac Newton Accomplish the Work of 10 People? Rigorous Note Taking - An excellent article from author Michael Rank for The Productivityist on the value of analog note-taking to capture your thinking and become more productive.

Reach out and say hi!

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.

Sunday
May312015

The Dispatch: Star Wars Doodles

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IN THE 1980s I loved to draw cassette covers by hand. I spent hours making these pieces of art just perfect. This cassette cover was created for an Empire Strikes Back NPR radio drama recorded from a local radio station.

Here's a challenge: take a moment and create some hand-drawn artwork. Maybe it's a letter or card to a friend, or a CD or DVD cover. Anything! Take one night to plan your drawing, color it and then share it!

Sketchnote Workshop: Coming to Chicago June 26!

The Sketchnote Workshop is happening in Chicago, Friday June 26th at 37signals' offices. 12 spots are still available for my full-day workshop to build your sketchnoting skills.

As a thank you to Rohdesign Newsletter readers, use code XWING to receive $50 off your registration for the Chicago Workshop through Sunday, June 7th!

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

Interesting Links

Starting a Sketchbook or Visual Journal - Ideas to kickstart a sketchbook or visual journal from The Well-Appointed Desk (via The Cramped).

5 Moleskine Hacks To Boost Your Productivity - Five ideas for organizing a Moleskine to get the most from your workday by Gabi Garcia Fdez.

Unflattening: The PhD Comic Book - My friend Nick Sousanis created and defended his PhD on comics as a rich communication medium—in the form of a comic! It's a gorgeous masterpiece you really should own and enjoy.

Soccer Commentary Cheat Sheets - A series of commentary cheat sheets by Nick Barnes, a soccer (football) commentator for BBC Radio Newcastle that look an awful lot like sketchnotes (via The Cramped).

GriDD Bizz Draw App - This free app for iOS and Android offers 100+ offline visuals to inspire metaphor creation in your sketchnotes.

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
Feb202015

12 Years of Rohdesign

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Hard to believe I've been writing here on Rohdesign for 12 years. It all started as a blog to share my thinking after selling The Palm Tipsheet in 2003.

Thanks for your support al these years!

New Feature: The Rohdesign Dispatch

After 12 years, it's time to try new things. Starting today, a Rohdesign Dispatch like this will happen every 2 weeks, with an image, comments and links I've found interesting. This is an experiment, so I'd love your feedback.

Interesting Links

Honesty, Clarity and Action - Shawn Blanc talks about the common denominator between the people we admire and follow: A commitment to honesty and clarity with a bias toward action. Shawn is also working on his new book The Power of a Focus Life, which I can't wait to read.

♥ A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Tea - As a big fan of coffee, I found this post from Michael Allen Smith a helpful primer in better understanding tea, so I can explore and enjoy it fully.

♥ Free Tools in Paper by FiftyThree - I'm enjoying Paper and Pencil on my iPad from my friends at FiftyThree. Now they've made Draw, Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools free in the app (formerly in-app purchases).

♥ Inquisitive #27: Behind the App #1: History - Myke Hurley has created a fascinating, story-driven, documentary-style podcast series about how apps, so integrated into our lives, came to be. Future episodes will explore how apps are made, giving listeners insight about the lives of app developers.

Say Hello!

I've especially enjoyed hearing your replies to my posts, so please say hello. The more I hear what you like (and what you don't) the better my posts will be.

For those who read to the very bottom, I'm giving away 1 pass to The Designer's Pricing Class ($200 value) from my friends at nuSchool. Reply with a comment about why you should win the class and I will choose and announce the winner in 2 weeks. Good luck!

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The Sketchnote Handbook

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