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Sketchnoting Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2011

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I'm very excited to announce that I've been commissioned to capture live sketchnotes at Chick-fil-A Leadercast, happening on Friday, May 6th, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

Sketchnoting the event has been in the works for a while now. Just last week the details were finalized, airline tickets purchased and I've started planning for the event.

About the Chick-fil-A Leadercast

If you haven't heard of it before, Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership event, which is also broadcast live to hundreds of sites across North America and the world. Read more about the event on the Leadercast site.

I'll be capturing sketchnotes of 11 speakers, including: Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson, John Maxwell, Alison Levine, Erin Gruwell, Dan Cathy, Muhtar Kent, Dave Ramsey, Suzy Welch, Mack Brown and Frans Johansson.

Entering New Territory

I'm very excited to sketchnote a leadership event, which is a bit different area than the design community where I've typically worked. This is a great challenge and an opportunity to share sketchnotes and the idea behind them with a whole new community of people.

We're planning are to capture my sketchnote work in real-time for the live broadcast to other sites. I've only done this at a small scale with the Visual Note-Taking 101 webinar in 2009, so this should be a fun challenge.

I'll also post my sketchnotes here and in my Flickr stream, so you can enjoy them while learning what the Chick-fil-A Leadercast is all about.

Thank You

Thank you Jeff Shinabager for making the connection and to the Chick-fil-A Leadercast team, especially Rachel Christopher and Stephanie Holcombe for the opportunity.


Sketchnote Font

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I've been creating hand drawn custom fonts for a long, long time.

Since my sketchnoting started in 2007, I've wanted to convert my hand-drawn letterforms into a proper computer fonts, so I could sell my fonts for others to use on their projects.

The timing just never worked out right, until now.

I'm very pleased to announce Sketchnote, a new font I've started building with expert help from Delve Withrington of Delve Fonts:

Rohde Sketchnote Font (Teaser)

Yep, very soon, Sketchnote will become an honest-to-goodness font available for purchase!

There is a bit of work ahead, but I'm excited. The font will include variety of glyphs and some nice little dingbats as well, though the details are still being figured out.

If you would like to be alerted when the font is available for purchase, leave a comment and I'll add you to the list.


TEDMED Pioneer Notebook Illustrations

TEDMED Pioneer Book: Cover

In mid-September, I received an inquiry from Tribal DDB Worldwide to create a series of sketchnote illustrations for a custom notebook for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer program attending TEDMED 2010.

The agency was creating a notebook to encourage Pioneers at TEDMED to think and take notes differently during the event, and really felt my sketchnote style of illustrations would fit well with the message of the notebook.

A Tag-Team of Illustrators

I was very interested in the illustration project, though at the time I was insanely busy with many other projects. Rather than take the full project on myself or turn it down, I contacted my good friend Austin Kleon to share the book illustrations equally.

Even though timing was tight and Austin had a vacation planned in the middle of the project, we were both able to knock out the work and have a great time in the process.

Project Goals

Our challenge was to create encouraging illustrations that would help TEDMED attendees to think broader about solving big healthcare related issues presented at the event.

Initially we both created several sketchnote how-to illustrations. As the project progressed, a simpler style of sketchnote illustrations were needed, based on various words, statements and ideas provided to us to work from.

We also created some generic elements - thought and speech bubbles, pencils and other items - so these could be used in a variety of ways. A pencil I created was vectorized with Vector Magic, so it could be uses at larger sizes.

Once our illustrations were done and delivered, Tribal DDB blended our illustrations into the notebook's various pages. The final notebook was printed, bound and given to Pioneer attendees at TEDMED 2010. We hear it was well received.

Illustration Samples

Here's a selection of photos of our book illustrations:

TEDMED Pioneer Book: Intro Lightbulb (AK) TEDMED Pioneer Book: Be a Pioneer (MR)
TEDMED Pioneer Book: Accelerate Change (AK) TEDMED Pioneer Book: Focus on the Future Detail (MR)
TEDMED Pioneer Book: Reframe (AK) TEDMED Pioneer Book: Take Risks (MR)
TEDMED Pioneer Book: Problems Thought Balloon (AK) TEDMED Pioneer Book: Willing to Fail Detail 2 (MR)
TEDMED Pioneer Book: Rocket 2 (MR) TEDMED Pioneer Book: Art Credit Detail (MR)

Check out the full Flickr set to see more photos.

Many thanks to Dee Dee, Ray and Troy at Tribal DDB for choosing us to help make this notebook happen!


Sketchnote Coffee Prints

Sketchnote Coffee Posters

FROM THE SECRET CAVES under Rohdesign Studios HQ in conjunction with Shawn Kelley at Wallblank in Rockford, Illinois, I'm pleased to announce a set of 3 Sketchnote Coffee Prints now available for purchase!

Espresso Sketchtoon (Close-up)

Coffee Print Details

This series of prints features 3 pieces, focusing on a different coffee drink (Latte, Cappuccino and Espresso) with notes about each drink surrounding the illustrations.

Illustrations were drawn in pen and ink in a pocket Moleskine notebook, then scanned high res and embellished in color using Photoshop.

Prints are available in two sizes: 12" x 16" and 6" x 8" to suit a variety of spaces in your home, office or local café.

Each print is carefully printed one at a time, using high quality archival inks on heavyweight archival paper. Each print has added margins making them suitable for framing.

Large and Small Options

Large: Sketchnote Coffee Prints are available as a set of three large 12" x 16" prints for $60 or individually as Latte, Cappuccino and Espresso for $25 each print.

Small: These prints are also available as a set of three smaller 6" x 8" prints for $25, or individually as Latte, Cappuccino and Espresso for $10 each print.

It's Wallblank's 2nd birthday so for a limited time, they're shipping for only $2 per order anywhere in the world — a great deal.

Buy your own set of Sketchnote Coffee prints today


Meeting Steward Sketchnote Illustration

The Basics of Meeting Stewardship Illustrsation

Today I received a nice surprise: a copy of Associations Now magazine in the mail with my latest sketchnote illustration appearing on page 57.

In September I was commissioned by the magazine to create an illustration to complement an article by Jeff Hurt on the basics and benefits of bringing a meeting steward for meeting planning.

In 2009 I was hired to illustrate a cover and feature story on Visual Thinking. The Associations Now staff and their readers loved the sketchnote style, so when I had a chance to create a follow-up piece, it made sense to follow a winning formula.

I was given the space of a single magazine page for my art — either the top of two pages for a horizontal piece or a single full page for a more vertical piece.

Concept Sketches

First I did some pencil sketching to figure out elements I wanted to use and to figure out the best format — either horizontal or vertical.

In the sketch below you'll see I began playing with elements from the article text in a horizontal format. I really liked the feel but was feeling that I would need too much space vertically, even in a horizontal format to make the flow work right.

Meeting Steward Concept Sketch - Wide

Since I liked the detail of this sketch, I drew up another concept to work out how the same elements would look on a single page, in a vertical format:

Meeting Steward Concept Sketch - Full Page

This seemed to work better from a flow perspective as you can see on the right page as I mapped out how generally the eye should be drawn across the illustration.


Once I had the direction, I started by laying down light pencil shapes on paper at actual size and then inked in elements of the piece. After the ink dried, I erased the underlying pencil and scanned in the art to modify for production in Photoshop.

I wanted to add a little color to the piece, though I really liked the cream and black look I've developed for my sketchnote art. I decided to add warm red highlights specifically to the arrows, as a way to draw the reader's eyes through flow of the conference imagery.

The Basics of Meeting Stewardship Illustrsation

Final art was sent to Associations Now and worked great for the article. As a side benefit, the art director was able to reuse arrow art for feature quotes on the following pages to carry the theme all the way through the article.

You can read the online version of the article at Associations Now magazine.

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