Gather Round for Story Time

I mentioned I’m working on a storybook with my coworker, Jorge, and that I would share a teaser with you. Today is that day! For some background, back in August 2011 I was talking to Jorge about my collaboration with Charlene McBride on the Sketchnote Field Guide. He mentioned he has always wanted to illustrate a book, and that we should work on a project together if I was interested.

Well, of course I was interested! I promised Jorge we would start the storybook when I was wrapping up the sketchnote collaboration. We decided we wanted the book to be for ages 5 – 7, which according to the how-to books, meant no more than 1000 words for the written story.

It is a story about Beatrice, a little robot who is good at learning all sorts of things but can’t figure out how to learn how to dance. We are calling it Beatrice’s Possible Impossible. I emailed the story to Jorge, and he was so inspired he emailed the sketches I’m sharing below. Aren’t they ADORABLE?

And as a teaser for the prose…

Beatrice was proud of all the things she could do now that she couldn’t do before. But one day, she saw her next door neighbor, Melvin, do something she still didn’t know how to do… dance!

“Mom,” Beatrice said at breakfast the next morning, “I’m going to learn how to dance.”

“That sounds like a fun thing to learn! How are you going to learn how to dance?” Beatrice’s mom asked.

“I found a book,” Beatrice said, holding it up so her mom could see it. “I’m going to read how.”

Really excited to see this project move forward!

Sketchnotes Field Guide available now!

Sketchnotes Field GuideHello friends!

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings…”

Ok not really. I’m not talking about shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages, or kings. Nope, I’m talking about sketchnotes. Very excited to announce the Sketchnotes Field Guide is now available for purchase!

We have a print version reasonably priced at under $7, and the PDF version is free this first week in January. I hope to sync the two editions together so if you order the print edition, you automatically get a free PDF, but this is something I’m working out with the distributor.

I want to thank my collaborator, Charlene McBride, for making this project an absolute blast. Huge thanks to everyone who supported this book in one form or another (in no order whatsoever)…

Derren Hermann, Erin McCain, Erik Stolterman, MJ Broadbent, Denise Philipsen, Heiko Maiwand, Eugene Siew, Adrienne Dye, Stefani Bachetti, Anjana Thirumalai, Amanda Lyons, Micah Gideon Modell, Boon Sheridan, Lydia Whitehead, Jen Myers, Shirley Tobias, Lynn Dombrowski, Mike Rohde, Austin Toombs, Vidya Palaniswamy, Grant Carlile, Amantha Lott, Jingyu Wu, Jeremy White, Shay-Jahen Merritte, Christian Long, Brad Nunnally, and Brien Tate.

Now go forth! Empower yourself and others to sketchnote just in time for conference season!

Sketchnote Field Guide Author Proof

You guys! Last week I updated tumblr with the first photo of my author proof copy of the sketchnote field guide. I am so excited about this! Charlene also got her copy last week; I haven’t heard feedback yet but I’ve found a number of formatting errors that need to be fixed as a final revision before the big launch.

The photo above is the last round of edits before the print copy, and then the print copy, all shiny and new. The photo below shows where I found an alignment gaff.

There are still some formatting issues that need to be made, just tiny stuff such as when images don’t align properly with the text, etc. But other than that, and pending any changes from Charlene, we are a go for a mid-January release! It will be available on Lulu and I will make sure to post a link here, on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. You know, so everyone knows.

Next up, I’ll post some updates about the children’s book. I have the story written, and like I mentioned before my illustrator, Jorge Eduardo Sanclemente, is sending sketches to me all the time. So look for some teaser content soon. I have another project I want to highlight as well, something that combined my two loves of sketchnoting and lindy hopping, but I’ve been asked to not release it until the official launch. So stay tuned for that, as well.

Finally, I updated my portfolio website. It’s simpler, and I’d like to throw in some jQuery filtering when I have time since I have so many projects to put up there (I haven’t put up any of my projects from my current job yet, i.e. all my current UX stuff). All in all, I’m pretty excited about these projects.

Are you working on anything you want to share?