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The Sketchnote Workbook Update 3 - Manuscript, Music & SXSW

THE SKETCHNOTE WORKBOOK is coming to life. I'm working hard with a deadline looming. Today, it's a struggle to write out my ideas. Other days, the words seem to flow. Every day I make progress.


The Manuscript

I'm writing chapter 4 of 9 right now. The entire written manuscript is due at the end of February. Just writing that made me sweat a little.

I've been writing the drafts using the syntax called markdown in Writer Pro for the Mac. Writer Pro offers an interesting workflow feature that separates writing into Notes, Writing, Editing and Reading. In each state the typeface, cursor and highlight change to help you work through your text.

You'd think a change so simple would have little impact, but I've found it useful to mentally move between these 4 steps in my writing. Markdown gives me a basic level of structure for my writing, but not too much. It has the right balance to keep me focused on crafting words.


Writer Pro exports my markdown file to a Word doc format, which my editor Jan reviews, using Word's track changes feature. Word is definitely not my favorite writing tool, but the track changes feature is a requirement to manage our collaborative writing and it works well.

Sketching Ahead

Once the text is finalized, I'll begin sketching book pages: selecting sketchnote samples and other design details. Sketching is key step because it determines the book's structure and design, which I'll use for inking and production.

Chapter 4 Sketch

Workbook Video

Of course I couldn't just do a book. I'm also creating a new 2-hour video with the same team from The Handbook: Brian Artka, Gabe Wollenburg and Stephen Mork), plus Amber Pierce for instructional design support. We're scripting as my chapters are completed and will begin shooting in March.

Video Soundtrack

The Workbook's video soundtrack is finalized! It was created by Stephen Mork, who created the Handbook video's soundtrack. I challenged Steve to make a musical piece that's new and yet related to The Handbook's video soundtrack. He did a fabulous job. Here's the final soundtrack:

San Antonio & Austin, Texas

PosterOn Friday, March 7th, I'll be in San Antonio, Texas for a student sketching workshop for my pal Michael Clayton at University of the Incarnate Word and giving a sketchnoting mini workshop at AIGA San Antonio on Friday night. I had a great time in San Antonio last year and am excited for a repeat.

I'll be in Austin on March 8th, putting on the Sketchnoting: Move Your Doodles Out Of The Margins workshop for 60 SXSW attendees with Eva-Lotta Lamm, Craighton Berman and Patrick Ashamalla. We aren't sure what to expect, but it should be a blast.

Story Signals Podcast Interview

Just yesterday I appeared on Matt Ragland's Story Signals podcast. I had a great time chatting with Matt about dealing with adversity and opportunity, ways to stay generous and a little bit about The Sketchnote Workbook. Listen in.


Yes, you can pre-order The Sketchnote Workbook at Amazon. That's the best way to ensure a copy is delivered to you as soon as it's ready.

Keep Making Progress

I keep telling myself to just keep moving, making progress every day. With 10 weeks to go, it will be a crazy ride, but as I learned from The Handbook experience, it can be done.

Thanks for your support everyone!


The Sketchnote Workbook Update 2 - A Questionnaire

I'M WRITING The Sketchnote Workbook's table of contents right now, and I need your help. I want to hear how you use sketchnotes in your life.

Sketchnote Workbook Questionnaire

I've created a form to learn directly from you how you use sketchnotes. This will help me as I develop the Workbook. Use the link below:

Fill out The Sketchnote Workbook Questionnaire

It shouldn't take more than a few minutes, but if you have a bunch of ideas, take as long as you want to enter your thoughts.

No guarantees, but don't be surprised if I ask you to be included in The Sketchnote Workbook!




The Sketchnote Workbook Update 1 - Book Kickoff!

The Sketchnote Workbook: Cover DesignTHE BIRTHDAY PARTY is over for The Sketchnote Handbook but I have great news! I have a new contract with Peachpit to create a second book on sketchnoting called The Sketchnote Workbook!

One of the things I wished I could do in the Handbook was explore a wider variety of uses for sketchnotes. However, because we wanted to focus in detail on the idea of sketchnotes, it made sense to aim my usage of sketchnotes at the most immediately useful application—meeting notes and conferences.

So many people deal with work meetings or attend conferences and want to be engaged in those settings that showing readers how to immediately increase the value of note taking in meetings or conferences made a lot of sense.

Revealing the Adaptability of Sketchnotes

When my editor Nikki approached me about a follow-up book on sketchnoting, I'd already been forming ideas based on all of the feedback I was hearing at talks, book signings and in emails and from social media.

I've been trying to push the boundaries of sketchnotes for a few years—applying the concepts to travel journaling, capturing eating experiences, generating and making sense of ideas and even for whiteboarding concepts in small groups.

The National: Final

After all, if sketchnotes are a concise, visual way to map your ideas, why not start applying them in different ways to everyday life?

That's exactly what I will be teaching in The Sketchnote Workbook.

Emphasis: The Essence of Sketchnoting

Part of the approach will be to teach techniques and ideas from my perspective but to also include samples and tips and tricks from many other people who are using sketchnotes in interesting ways.

Moka Pot Kit with hand sketchnoted instructions from Mauro Toselli @xLontrax

I'm excited to share the myriad ways sketchnotes can provide value, from business and education to travel and idea generation.

Worksheets and Challenges

Another aspect of The Sketchnote Workbook will be to provide worksheets—some similar to what were present in Handbook and others that are new approaches.

Right now I'm imagining less structured challenges you can choose to take up with basic guidelines and an encouragement to post them to The Sketchnote Handbook Flickr group for feedback and new ideas.

If you have an idea for a worksheet or challenge you would like to see considered, please reach out. I am going to do a simple survey very soon with more detailed questions, so please look for that to be posted here.

Video Storytelling with Sketchnotes

I was a huge fan of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and especially those wonderful field trips he took to interesting places to see masters doing their thing. I can't wait to teach new sketchnoting techniques using video storytelling.

Video shoot in progress

We're planning two hours of video content, once again shot and edited by my good buddy Brian Artka. If you've seen videos from the Handbook, you'll know why I am so stoked to have a great video storyteller like Brian on the team. I'm also bringing back Steve Mork for the soundtrack, Gabe Wollemburg for scripts and Amber Pierce to assist with instructional design. A-Team, baby!

The Sketchnote Handbook - Video 2 from size43, LLC on Vimeo.

I'll be teaching sketchnoting skills on-site, covering idea generation, travel journaling and more. I loved how the video of my sketchnoting a talk by Jon Mueller turned out in the Handbook video, so we're using it as our template for Workshop videos.

Documenting the Journey

As with The Sketchnote Handbook, I will be writing regularly here about the book creation journey. I had such a great time doing it before, I am excited to share what's happening as it happens on the Workbook project, too.

I'll be sharing things on Instagram, Flickr, Twitter and right here, so please stay tuned to those channels!

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I'm so excited! Time to rock and roll!

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