The Economist had me out to their Ideas Economy “Human Potential” conference in New York last week. I gave a talk on Newspaper Blackout and Steal Like An Artist, but I also did some drawings on my iPad during the other talks, and posted them to Twitter as I drew. (Still getting used to drawing live on the iPad — not sure I love it, but I thought I’d experiment.) I’ve cleaned them up a little and collected them here.
Aside from my art, this is the work I really love to do: help people tell their stories in pictures and words.
If you care about publishing and you don’t know Richard or his work, do yourself a favor and watch this excellent speech:
A few months ago I tag-teamed a sketchnotes illustration project with my friend Mike Rohde for Tribal DDB Worldwide, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer program, and TEDMED 2010. They’d seen our Viznotes booklet for SXSW 2010, and wanted to create something similar. (If you’re interested in reading more about the project, Mike posted a great writeup.)
Here are a few of my illustrations. See more of the work in Mike’s Flickr set →
And here are some drawings that weren’t used:
Haven’t done one of these things in a while!
You probably read it five years ago, but I only got around to reading Daniel Pink‘s A Whole New Mind this weekend. Funny enough, I had read his cool manga-style career guide, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and liked that a lot. (His new book is Drive.)
He’s a good follow/fellow on Twitter: @danielpink
The great folks who organized TEDxPennQuarter out at The Newseum in Washington, D.C. not only had me out to give a talk of my own (which I’ll post soon), they asked if I’d take some visual notes for them as well. So I did my best — I missed a few speakers, since I had to get into makeup and prepare for my own talk.
I decided to revisit the sticky notes, like I did for TEDxAustin. Here I am showing them off onstage:
D.C., by the way, was a total blast. Thanks to my friends for showing me around their awesome town.
A few more notes below–you can see the whole set on Flickr.
You can see the rest in the full set on Flickr.
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Back in March, my friends Mike Rohde, Sunni Brown, Dave Gray and I presented a panel to a packed house at the SXSW Interactive conference here in Austin, Texas. Last week, they posted a podcast of the session without visuals – so I spent some time syncing our slides to the audio.
Watch it above, or see the whole thing here: Visual Note-Taking 101 from SXSW 2010.
And learn more about visual note-taking:
- My notes on our 3-hour Vizthink webinar that got this whole thing started
- Visual Thinking for Writers – a talk I gave to our local Vizthink Austin group (see a few slides)
- My sketchbook and drawings from SXSW 2010
- Use the #viznotes tag to see what people posted on Twitter and Flickr
I squirreled away a couple of them before we ran out —
leave a comment below telling me why you want one okay those were making me feel too guilty that I only have four: how about a link to the coolest thing you’ve seen this week and I’ll pick four winners. Contest ends Monday, May 17th. (Be sure to include your e-mail — it won’t be published.)
Last night one of my favorite cartoonists, John Porcellino, gave a talk at Domy Books here in town. So nice to finally meet him. That fella with the camera is Daniel Stafford, who is shooting a documentary about John’s work.
UPDATE: my friend Brandon Boyer got a pic of me drawing: