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Sketching: Visual Thinking Power Tool with Mike Rohde



Thanks to our generous platinum sponsor Atomic Object, we opened an additional 15 spots but we're now completely sold out again. Signup for the waiting list and we'll let you know if any last minute spots open up.

We are excited to announce a night of barbecue & sketching with sketch-artist extraordinaire Mike Rohde. This is a night  of IxDA fun you wont want to miss.

Mike's illustration work has been featured in 37-Signal's REWORK, the best-selling book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson; The $100 Startup, a best-selling book by Chris Guillebeau; and The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle. By day Mike is a UI/UX designer at Gomoll Research + Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the author of the Sketchnote Handbook an illustrated guide to visual note taking. Which is a fully-illustrated, beautiful piece of art in its own right.

At our meeting we'll share imported Wisconsin brats, Italian sausages, Michigan beer, and  Mike's story of designing Pear Note for Mac and iPad, revealing the key role sketches played in the user experience and user interface design process. He’ll share practical ways sketching can become a powerful tool in any designer's toolkit.

Sketching is a powerful visual thinking tool, for non-artists and artists alike. Come and learn how to improve your sketching and use sketching to improve your work.

tsh-video-175Also be sure to check out Mike's book The Sketchnote Handbook which can be purchased as a fully-illustrated book and video, designed to teach regular people how to create sketchnotes. Or just plane sketch.

Buy a copy and Mike might just sketch something for you in the margins.



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  • Deborah E.

    If you're interested, I published a Storify of Mike's presentation at

    2 · June 6, 2013

  • Kimberly Crawford W.

    Could you remind me of the link to sign up for Sketch Camp? I seem to have written down the wrong URL. Thanks and great job last night - it was a great event!

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • Samuel B.

      Hey Kim, there isn't much to see there yet but you can visit­ for more information as it becomes available.

      May 28, 2013

  • Molly B.

    Great time. Thanks to all of you who put this together!

    May 17, 2013

  • Andrew M.


    May 16, 2013

  • Kent P.

    The exercise was great, the Q&A was good; too bad about the presentation mix up. Still very worth my time to come out.

    May 16, 2013

  • Daniel D.

    Good time! It was too bad Mike's presentation got messed up by proprietary adapters (no offense Apple). Regardless, he is a visual thinker and communicator that I aspire to be like in my own career.

    May 16, 2013

  • Marcel

    We were unable to break an appointment that we thought we could. We were looking forward to the next one.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it still at MHS?

    May 15, 2013

    • Samuel B.

      Yes, we will be meeting at Mutually Human.

      May 15, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Schedule conflict. Hopefully someone will take good notes ;)

    May 13, 2013

  • Scott R.

    Have a scheduling conflict. Wish I could make it.

    May 10, 2013

  • james b.


    May 10, 2013

  • james b.

    I had this on my calendar but must not have signed up. Ahhh.

    May 8, 2013

  • Samuel B.

    If you missed out on signing up be sure to get on the waiting list. We're working to open up a few more seats.

    May 6, 2013

  • Jon P.

    Coming from the Detroit area, looking forward to it.

    May 6, 2013

  • Grant C.

    Daughter's play, will try to catch up afterward

    May 4, 2013

  • Matthew B.

    This sounds awesome! I'm definitely looking forward to it!

    May 3, 2013

  • Samuel B.

    Hey Yana, welcome to the group.

    Andrew, I agree. I'm really excited to have Mike joining us and for brats! ;)

    This is going to be a great event!

    May 2, 2013

  • Yana F.


    May 2, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    VERY exciting :D I got the Sketchnote Handbook a while ago and ate it up. It will be awesome to hear from the man himself!

    May 1, 2013

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