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Entries in Sketchnotes (78)

Wednesday
Sep242008

Jason Fried's Discovery World Sketchnotes

This evening I had the opportunity to hear and sketchnote Jason Fried of 37signals while speaking at the Discovery World Museum on Milwaukee's lakefront. Jason's 1.5 hour talk was sponsored by my alma mater, Milwaukee Area Technical College.

I captured 22 pages of sketchnotes from the talk:

Jason Fried Discovery World Sketchnotes: Pages 01-02

View the archived live video from the September 24th, 2008 event here: www.justin.tv/signals37/archive

Afterwards I had a chance to say hello to Jason, and show him the sketchnotes. He seemed very pleased and a little surprised (in a good way) about how I managed to capture that many pages in an hour and a half.

Jason, thanks for coming up to Milwaukee to talk with students, MATC alumni and the business community. We all really appreciate your time and insight.

Come up again anytime! :-)

Wednesday
Aug132008

Sketchnotes on Fast Company & Official SXSW Sketchnoter

This morning my buddy Bryan Nystrom let me know that he saw my SXSW 2008 Sketchnotes in a FastCompany.tv video. The video is Robert Scoble's interview of Phil Libin, CEO of the amazing product/service Evernote:


You can see Phil bringing up a photo of my SXSW Sketchnotes first spread, at around 23:00. He discusses how Evernote is quite good at OCR, but artistic hand typography used in Sketchnotes is often very tough for any OCR software to crack.

You can view all 34 pages of the SXSW 2008 Sketchnotes, in a public Evernote notebook. Feel free to test out the OCR capabilities of Evernote on hand-drawn type.

I'm an Official SXSW 2009 Sketchnoter


Thanks to Hugh Forrest and SXSW, I'm an official "Sketchnoter" and will be at SXSW Interactive 2009, capturing panels as I did in 2008. Once the panels are selected, I'll be working with Hugh and his team to choose which panels to sketchnote.

Kudos to my friend Matt Henderson, for sending me to SXSW Interactive 2008 this past spring as a MakaluMedia representative. If it wasn't for Matt, I wouldn't have had the wonderful opportunity to do sketchnotes at SXSW. Thanks Matt!

Saturday
Jun072008

SEED 3 Sketchnotes

I wanted to pass along word that all 26 pages of my SEED 3 sketchnotes are now posted on Flickr, so please go check them out and leave comments if you like. I will replace this post with something of more substance in a day or two.

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Thanks!

SEED 3 Sketchnotes

Thursday
Jun052008

Off to SEED 3

SEED Conference: Sketchnotes 17Tomorrow morning I'm headed south from Milwaukee to the SEED 3 Conference in Chicago.

The event will be similar to the first SEED I attended last year, but with added speakers, including Jake Nickell and Jeffrey Kalikoff the guys behind Threadless along with Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV. It's happening at Crown Hall on the IIT campus.

I'll be sketchnoting the event, and should have my scans up sometime this weekend for review, along with commentary on the conference.

If you're at SEED 3 tomorrow, stop by and say hello. :-)

Thursday
May082008

VizThink Workshop Chicago Sketchnotes

I'm back from the VizThink workshop in Chicago with Dave Gray, Karl Gude and Tom Crawford. What a fabulous time, learning about visual thinking, and getting to exercise my mind and my drawing hand in new ways.

But first, go check out the 16 pages of sketchnotes captured at the workshop:

VizThink Chicago 2008: Putting it on Paper

Here are a few observations on the VizThink Workshop in Chicago:

Smart Leaders — The workshop was run by great people. Dave, Carl and Tom are great guys and know their stuff. Even for a practicing visual thinker like me, I found their offerings and insights valuable and challenging.

Dave Gray is the Professor of Visual Thinking & Language, having though long and deep about the whole topic as a language and as a tool. It was fascinating to hear how he's processed visual language at an atomic level to better understand how it works and how to use it effectively. He's also a great teacher.

Karl Gude is the Professor of Infinite Drawing, whose passion for drawing and solving problems literally oozed from his pores. Karl spent 27 years in the news business, generating news graphics for AP and Newsweek on tight deadlines. It was a blast to see him getting excited as he talked and taught us his techniques for more effective drawing and communication. Did I mention he's a complete nut? :-)

Tom Crawford made sure everything ran smoothly, while quietly observing the visual thinking workshop. At the gathering afterwards, I had a chance to talk more with Tom, and he's very well versed in visual thinking. Very cool guy.

Great Attendees — Attendees were fun to be with and from such diverse backgrounds and locations. I had a blast working with my teammates on solving information challenges together. It was also great fun to see team members who don't normally use visual language finding out how valuable visual thinking can be.

Vizthink - 22Fun Socializing — It was as much fun after the workshop as in the workshop. I had a chance to hang out with a core group of leaders and attendees at Rivers, on the Chicago River. We talked in depth and shared some great stories. It was so much fun, in fact, that I barely made the last train back to Milwaukee, running down the platform, climbing aboard with a only minute to spare!

My 2 big takeaways from VizThink Workshop Chicago?

Visual Thinking Will Help Me at my New Gig — I'm convinced that visual thinking will help me take on the next challenge of my career, as art director at Northwoods Software. I'll be working on large sites, organizing information as well as design, so these techniques will most certainly help in this regard. I'm excited about sharing these techniques with my new colleagues.

I Want to Share Visual Thinking Techniques — My passion for encouraging others to use visual thinking skills has been stoked up. Seeing non-artists experieicing the joy of solving problems with visual thinking tools was enlightening, because it reminded me that it's not about drawing skills, but about communication.

If you're considering a VizThink Workshop, I highly recommend the experience. It's quite reasonable, and you'll get great new tools and ideas from the workshop.

Thanks Dave, Karl and Tom for a fun and informative workshop!