Sketch Club — An Afternoon of Creativity & Fun

This is a past event

38 people went

Price: $5.00 /per person
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Do you want to communicate your ideas better visually? Do you want to learn something new? Do you want to get away from your computer and brainstorm? So do we! That's why we're hosting a Sketch Club event, and we hope you'll join us on Saturday, Feb. 15.

We’ll be taking over the Pixo offices in Urbana. Here’s the deal:

• We’ll ask you to read ONE of these 4 great books on sketching ahead of time. (More details about the books ( in this post.)

• See What I Mean ( by Kevin Cheng (see note below about a discount for this book)

• The Sketchnote Handbook ( by Mike Rohde

• Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook ( by Bill Buxton et al.

• Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels ( by Scott McCloud

• On Feb. 15, we’ll gather at Pixo and first do some fun exercises to warm up our brains and hands.

• Then, we’ll split into 4 groups for activities and discussion based on the book you read. The small group discussion leaders will be Maya Bruck, Dan Newman, Cate Kompare, and Melinda Miller.

• Finally, we’ll come back together and present to each other, so we can all learn about the 3 books we didn’t read.

• Also … we'll have snacks and prizes.

This event is for everyone — developers, engineers, managers, writers, and designers, etc. Don’t worry about your job title, previous experience, skill level, or comfort with drawing! We’ll be experimenting and learning together, so don’t be bashful.

Still need some convincing? We’ve personally experienced the power of going analog, and the benefit of getting messy with paper and trying out ideas. Here are some resources for inspiration if you need it: Sketch, Sketch, Sketch (; How to Sketchnote: An Interview with Mike Rohde (; See What I Mean ( video with Kevin Cheng; UX Sketch tag on flickr (; and Sketchnote Army ( examples.

The schedule:

• Noon: Optional lunch at Pizza M (buy your own)

• 1-1:30 pm: Registration and settling in. Please try to be at Pixo by 1:15.

• 1:30-2 pm: Warm-up games and instructions

• 2-4 pm: Discussion and practice in small groups

• 4-4:45 pm: Present ideas to each other

• 4:45-5 pm: Wrap up

• 5 pm: Optional socializing and drinks at Crane Alley (buy your own)

What you should bring: Your favorite pens, markers, pencils. Nothing fancy is necessary. We'll have some basic supplies on hand.

The deadline to RSVP is Saturday, Feb. 8.

This event will cost $5. You will be asked to pay $5 via Paypal at the time of RSVP.*

We will contact you after you RSVP and ask you which book you are going to read.


• Copic Markers ( are donating Multiliner ( Pens & a Ciao ( marker for each attendee.

• Axure ( has donated one license for its Axure RP wireframing and prototyping software. One participant will be chosen at random at the end of the event to receive this prize.

• IPEVO ( is donating a document camera to be given away randomly at the end of Sketch Club. You'll see us using these handy cameras to share drawings on the big screen.

• Art Coop ( in Lincoln Square Mall will be providing a coupon for 10% off any purchase. This store have a great selection of markers, pens, and paper among other things, and they're super friendly. You'll be able to stock up on some fun tools after our event!

• The folks at App Sketchbook ( are sending notebooks that we'll be giving away randomly to a few lucky participants.

• Rosenfeld Media ( has donated 2 copies of Kevin Cheng's book and provided 30% discount on Rosenfeld orders. See our perks page ( for ordering details.

• Pilot Pens ( will be providing participants with G-Tec-C, G2 Extra Fine, or Precise V5 pens to help practice what you're learning.

• Rhodia ( is donating a notebook for every participant (including some of our favorite dot grid style!).

• UI Stencils ( is giving us notepads. Every participant will receive one.

• O'Reilly ( has provided coupons for free e-books. A few participants will be chosen at random to receive these.

Please watch our Twitter ( account and Facebook ( page for giveaways leading up to the event.

* All proceeds will be used for snacks, supplies, and prizes. None of the organizers will profit off this event.