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World Domination Summit: 2013 Sketchnotes

Espresso at Case Study Coffee at WDS2013

THIS WEEKEND I was in Portland, Oregon, enjoying my first World Domination Summit, sketchnoting the event for my friend and organizer Chris Guillebeau.

I spent the weekend capturing my experience around the event as well as the event's speakers as a visual record of WDS from my own perspective, that I could share with my fellow attendees.

You'll hopefully see the fun and inspiration of the experience and speakers. I felt a strong sense of community in this group, even though it was my first time with many of them. I had a fantastic experience.

The Complete Sketchnote Set

UPDATE: I've now gathered all 42 pages of my sketchnotes into a letter-sized PDF file for your enjoyment. Grab a copy and view my sketchnotes on an iPad, iPhone, Android or other device that can read PDF files:

Download: WDS SKetchnotes (3.6 MB PDF)

Also, all 42 pages of my sketchnotes have posted below. See more images my WDS2013 Flickr set including a few photos. Enjoy!























Sketchnoting World Domination Summit 2013

ON FRIDAY I will leave very early in the morning for Portland, Oregon and my friend Chris Guillebeau's World Domination Summit. I've heard about Chris' amazing event for years — now I'll have a chance to experience it for myself.

I'll of course be sketchnoting the talks at the event, but I'm going to push my sketchnoting farther, capturing the travel and overall experience of being at the event — like I did for SXSW 2010:

SXSW Interactive 2010: On the Plane / In Austin

I'll be posting my sketchnotes to Flickr, Instagram and Twitter with my iPhone camera during the weekend, so follow me there to see those as they go up.

If you happen to be attending WDS 2013 in Portland this weekend — say hello!


Summit Series Basecamp Sketchnote Booklet

Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Book: Cover Detail

IN JANUARY, the Summit Series team commissioned me to attend and capture sketchnotes at Basecamp, a meeting of 650 invite-only guests in Lake Tahoe's Squaw Valley. I had a great time, met a variety of interesting people and enjoyed live-capturing my experience in sketchnotes during Basecamp weekend.

Typically, I post sketchnotes online, or create a PDF of the sketchnotes for attendees of events. I this case I felt strongly that a booklet, created from the sketchnotes would make a great after the fact artifact of the event for the all of the Summiters at the event in Squaw Valley. Audrey and the Summit Series team loved the idea so we began the process of designing a booklet from my sketchnotes.

Designing The Booklet

Using the multiple pages of sketchnotes I'd scanned, Audrey and I made typo fixes, adjustments and additions to the content, preparing it for printing. Laura, Lindsay and the Pinball Publishing team were my first choice, as they printed the popular Scout Book for our Visual Thinking 101 panel at SXSW 2010.

Here's a sketch of the booklet concept, where you can see me thinking through the booklet's cover design and interior structure:

Booklet concept

When our direction was set, I combined sketchnote scans with newly created elements and laid out an InDesign document for Pinball's new Mega Booklet, a 5x7 Scout Book with more space than the popular 3x5 version:

Booklet InDesign

Once the final art was approved, my production files went to Pinball Press for printing. Here are images of the booklet on press:

Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Book Plates on Press
A Basecamp Sketchnote Booklet plate on press at Pinball Publishing.

Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Printed Book Signature
Basecamp Sketchnote Booklet signature sheet, fresh off the press.

Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Cover Press Sheet
Cover and back cover signature press sheet.

Welcome Note and Packaging

Audrey also provided a welcome note for the final packet, which I hand-write and scanned for print production. The note was printed on a single sheet of duplex card stock (light stock glued to kraft stock for the back), which was then placed into a kraft envelope for shipping to each Summit attendee.

Here are a selection of the final Summit Basecamp Sketchnote Booklet photos, taken by the Pinball staff after printing, cutting and binding:

Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Booklet, Note & Envelope Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Note & Booklet Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Booklet & Note Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote TOC & Page 01 Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Peter Diamandis Detail Summit Basecamp: Sketchnote Booklet (Back)

View: Virtual Summit Basecamp Sketchnote Booklet (flash required).
View: Summit Basecamp Sketchnote Booklet Photos (Flickr)

Final Impressions

The entire booklet turned out great! I'm excited to see how Summit Basecamp attendees like the final booklet — since our aim in capturing sketchnotes and producing a booklet from them is to remind them of their own great weekend experience in the mountains.

If you're a Summiter who has received one of these booklets. please leave a comment with your thoughts. I and the Summit Series team would love to hear your feedback on this fun way of making an artifact from sketchnotes.

Thank you Team Summit Series and Pinball Publishing for making it happen!

Photos: Pinball Publishing

Build Magazine: Sketchnote Illustrations

Build Magazine Illustrations: Cover

IN NOVEMBER 2011, I was hired by Build Network to create an illustration for their premier issue for an article on visual thinking for business called Want to Capture Ideas So They Stick? Draw Them. The article featured Dan Roam, Sunni Brown, Charlotte Hillenbrand, Jeannel King and myself sharing how visual thinking and doodling can help you think and solve problems better.

At the time I was completely focused on illustrating Chris Guillebeau's new book, The $100 Startup, so rather than decline the illustration, I brought the project through the company I work for — Gomoll Research & Design, so I could work on it during daylight hours.

Just a few weeks ago we received the printed issue of Build magazine and the final sketchnote style illustration turned out just great:

Build Magazine Illustrations
Build Magazine Illustrations: Story Detail
Build Magazine Illustrations
Build Magazine Illustrations

To read the article, check out a larger screenshot of the piece in my Build Magazine Illustrations Flickr set.

Thank you Ashely O'Broin for choosing me to help illustrate the premier issue!


SXSW Sketchnotes: 2012

I HAD ANOTHER great year at SXSW 2012 and captured a selection of sketchnotes from a variety of interesting panels to share.

I've noticed over the 4 years I've attended SXSW, I'm attending fewer panels and spending more time with friends and people I'd like to meet. Read my friend Brian's recap of SXSW 2012 — he captures my feelings exactly.

I can see this reflected in the limited collection of sketchnotes I've created this year, compared 68 pages of sketchnotes captured for SXSW 2009.

SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 01-02 OMG Your RFP is Killing Me!
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 03-04 OMG Your RFP is Killing Me!
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 05-06 Storytelling for Entrepreneurs
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 07-08 Storytelling for Entrepreneurs
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 09-10 Electric Car
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 11-12 Electric Car / Steal Like an Artist
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 13-14 Steal Like an Artist
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 15-16 Steal Like an Artist
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 17-18 Go Forth and Make Awesomeness!
SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes: 19-20 Go Forth and Make Awesomeness!

It was wonderful to see so many friends and those I admire, capturing sketchnotes at SXSW 2012. Check out the collection of sketchnotes on my post over at Sketchnote Army for more examples.