Sketching: Visual Thinking Power Tool with Mike Rohde

Hosted by IxDA Grand Rapids

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Mutually Human Software

401 Hall Street Southwest #430 · Grand Rapids, MI

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Mutually Human — 401 Hall St SW Suite 430 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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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.

Also 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 (*6Y&subid=&offerid=145244.1&type=10&tmpid=3565& and Mike might just sketch something for you in the margins.