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Friday
May012015

The Dispatch: Prague

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I WAS IN PRAGUE for the iCON Conference keynote and workshop with my wife last weekend. We had a fantastic time in that beautiful city. As a super-duper bonus, I met my good friend and Sketchnote Army Chief Operating Sketchnoter, Mauro Toselli and his better half, Betta.

The keynote and workshop went well, I signed a stack of books. met great people and appeared on Czech TV Nova's morning show! Mauro, Betta, Gail and I had several afternoons to explore Prague. It was a wonderful weekend.

Here are a few favorite photos, for more, visit my full album on Flickr.






Mike, Jasna and Gail Hotel View
Prague Castle Cathedral Cathedral Door Knocker
Prague Castle in Spring Streets of Prague
Mike Meets Mauro Two Young Sketchnoters
The Sketchnote Handbook in Czech Signing Books

Sketchnote Workshop in Chicago, Friday June 26th!

Mark your calendars! My next Sketchnote Workshop is set for Chicago in on Friday June 26th. There will be 16 spots available for this full-day workshop to accelerate your sketchnoting. Stay tuned for location and details.

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

Interesting Links

90% Perfect - My friend Sean McCabe's recent video podcast episode caught my eye because I constantly see sketchnoters struggling with being perfect. I love Sean's approach aiming for 90% perfection. Check it out.

Sarah's Nerdy Highlighter Note System - Sarah Kathleen Peck uses to highlighters on her notes to show priority and action throughout the day. This might be a great addition to your daily logbook or sketchnotes.

Home Work Podcast: The One About Notebooks - Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo discuss their personal systems for note-taking, preferred setups, and resources for notebooks and pens in this podcast.

NY Times: Moleskine Notebooks Adapt to the Digital World - An interesting piece about Moleskine's shift to make analog notebooks relevant in an increasingly digital world. I think it's s smart move (via The Cramped).

10 Sketchnote Tips for Microsoft OneNote - I worked with the Microsoft OneNote team to create a series of 10 tips for sketchnoting you can use in OneNote or anywhere else. Get the set of all 10 at Facebook or Flickr.

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Saturday
Nov152014

Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM. Such a beautiful city.

I had the fortune to visit this past week, to speak at the first ever DSGNDAY conference and Amsterdam UX. Because of good friends, I also enjoyed several informal sketchnote meetups that were great fun.

I walked everywhere, and one day I managed to log 22,000+ steps, beating my old record in NYC. I ate delicious Dutch treats, and enjoyed tasty coffees and spent time with warm, wonderful friends. It was brilliant.

Here's a selection of photos I shot to tell the story in images:

Sunday, November 9th

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Flying to Amsterdam.

Hotel door view

View from the front door of Hotel Estheréa, near the canal in Amsterdam.

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A Pannekoecken shop in one of Amsterdam's narrow alleyways.

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Near the royal palace in Central Amsterdam.

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Starting my Amsterdam sketchnote travelogue.

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Lovely mural and a Dutch bike.

Hotel view

View from my hotel room, Hotel Estheréa.

Hotel view morning

Hotel room view of the canal and Singel (canal street) below.

Canal night

Canal at night.

Sketchnote greek coffee

Cappuccino, greek yogurt with honey and walnuts, while I add to my travelogue.

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Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 1 & 2. Vocabulary came in handy!

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Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 3 & 4. Trying traditional Dutch foods.

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Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 5 & 6. Canals and coffees.

Corner spot

View from Broodje Bert, a people-watching and breakfast eating corner spot.

Monday, November 10th

Uitsmijter

Uitsmijter & cappuccino for breakfast. Eggs and cheese over bread with a salad!

Lunch sketchnoters

Met Jasper, Laurens, Jay and Jacqueline (not pictured) for a Sketchnote Meetup at Grand Cafe l'Opera. We had a fantastic time sharing experiences, coffees and lunch.

Red shutters

Beautiful red shutters in Amsterdam.

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Colorfully painted street.

Faces street

Grafitti Art.

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In the afternoon, I met my other friends Inge and Tamara for an afternoon coffee and another informal Sketchnote Meetup at REE7 on Reestraat.

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Sketchnote travelogue in process, with its creator!

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My buddy Jay, who helped me get to Amsterdam UX after the Sketchnote Meetups. Awesome dude and a great sketchnoter too.

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Dutch Minivan.

Making cups

We visited Pepper Mango, a coffee and chocolate shop of a friend Tamara and Inge knew, enjoyed some coffee and treats and started a new movement - decorating blank coffee cups in a #cuppatition! (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)

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Shop owner keeping an eye on me! #cuppatition. (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)

Cuppetition

Cup closeups from my entry in the #cuppatition.

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Cup closeups from all entries in the #cuppatition. (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)

Canal tower

Canal and tower at night as we walked to the venue for Amsterdam UX.

AmsterdamUX

Speaking to a crowd of about 60 at Amsterdam UX Meetup. What a fantastic time sharing with this group of Dutch Users. Thanks David, Tatiana and my friends at Publitas.com HQ!

Tuesday, November 11th

Dutch afternoon

On the way to Compagnietheater for DSGNDAY. Stephen led us through the back streets of Amsterdam to get to the venue early.

Dsgnday stage

My view from the stage, speaking at DSGNDAY on sketchnoting. What fun!

Dsgnday frontrow

Close view of me speaking and drawing faces, Austin Kleon style!

Dsgnday highup

Photo of me speaking from up in the back row.

Treehouse zeger

An idea sketchnote from Zeger Van Hese, created during the exercise we did at the end of my talk. So cool!

Last night amsterdam

Last night in Amsterdam.

Thank you for a fantastic experience Amsterdam. I can't wait to visit again.

Tot ziens!

Flickr: Amsterdam Photo Set
Flickr: DSGNDAY Sketchnotes

Saturday
Nov012014

Visiting Amsterdam in November

THE CLOSEST I've been to Amsterdam was Schiphol Airport in the late 90s on the way to and from Frankfurt, Germany. I imagined spending a few extra days in Amsterdam, but it wasn't to be.

It took 15 years, but I'm headed to Amsterdam in November!

DSGNDAY Conference: November 11 (All day)

I'm speaking at a new, one-day conference called DSGNDAY on November 11th, 2014 at Compagnietheater in the heart of Amsterdam.

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Photo: Deen van Meer

I'll be presenting my Sketchnote Mini-Workshop in the afternoon, teaching the basic elements of sketchnoting that students can follow along with as I present, then we'll do a sketchnoting challenge together. It's going to be awesome!

Be sure to check out the full program of fantastic speakers, featuring Mark Boulton, Leisa Reichelt, Val Head, Stephen Hay, Bonny Colville-Hyde, Peter Boersma, and Laura Kalbag. I can't wait to meet them all.

Tickets for the one-day event are 275 euros and are still available, so act quickly! Check the attendee list to see if there's someone you already know signed up.

Amsterdam UX Meetup: November 10 (7pm)

I've also been invited to present on sketchnotes at the Amsterdam UX meetup on November 10th, 7pm at Publitas.com HQ in Amsterdam.

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I'll be presenting Lessons Learned from Sketchnotes a talk in which I share what I've learned through the process of developing sketchnotes and building the sketchnoting community. It's going to be great!

Sketchnote Coffee Meetup: November 10 (Noon)

I'm talking with my friend Jay Henriquez about an informal public sketchnote coffee meetup around lunchtime on November 10th at a coffee shop somewhere in Amsterdam. If you are interested in attending this event, or have a good spot in mind, let Jay or me know.

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I'll bring my orange markers to sign books, so bring your book, and come and say hello if you attend on of these events!

Tot ziens!

Wednesday
Sep242014

New York City

NEW YORK CITY turned out to be just what I expected and nothing like what I'd expected, all at the same time. It was fascinating, rich, quirky, and fun.

I want to go back as soon as I can.

New York City has a unique vibe. It feels large and small, simple and complex, old and new. Somehow these strange contrasts work together perfectly.

My wife and I enjoyed four fantastic days in the city. We walked to restaurants, rode subway lines, busses, boats and cabs. We ate delicious food and spent time with dear friends. By the end, we were physically worn out but our spirits were alive and happy. It was an awesome trip.

Here's a selection of photos I shot to tell the story in images:

Wednesday, September 17th

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NYC Subway map. Very useful!

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View from our hotel on 43rd Street and 2nd Avenue.

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Pad Thai & Pad See Euw, Talent Thai Kitchen, 34th Street & 3rd Avenue.

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Talent Thai Kitchen Food Sketchnote

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Chrysler Building view from our hotel door at dusk.

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Chrysler Building view from our hotel door at night.

Thursday, September 18th

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Woke up in the City that Never Sleeps.

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Brooklyn Bridge B&W

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Brooklyn in the distance.

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Proof shot! I was on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Pizza

Julianna's Pizza. Fabulous!

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Julianna's Pizza Sketchnote.

Friday, September 19th

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Scones and coffee at Le Pain Quotidien on 3rd Avenue.

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Street market on 43rd Street & 3rd Avenue.

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Times Square!

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Grand Central Station windows.

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Grand Central Station main hall.

Saturday, September 20th

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Crosstown bus stop on East 42nd Street.

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Our Circle Tour of Manhattan happened on this ferry.

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Statue of Liberty.

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Under the Brooklyn Bridge.

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UN Building. Our hotel was right behind it.

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Exquisite design details like this one for Borough Hall in Brooklyn, are everywhere in the subways.

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Brooklyn Crab, Red Hook.

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Upper Deck at Brooklyn Crab, Red Hook.

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Robin Williams sticker in Red Hook.

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Lady Liberty from Red Hook.

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Freedom Tower at dusk.

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9/11 Memorial, South Tower location.

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Too many names on that monument. Such a tragedy.

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Freedom Tower at night.

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Grand Central and The Chrysler Building.

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End of the line!

Thank you, New York City!

Flickr: NYC Photo Set
Flickr: Agile Day NYC 2014 Sketchnotes

Wednesday
Jul102013

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!

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