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Eddie Machado - Crafting your Toolset

29 Nov 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Handheld13 Live

Eddie did an interesting roundup of the the techniques he used to create the handheld site. It was notable not only for a very in depth explanation of the process, but also for his honesty when confessing things that he’d done that he wasn’t entirely happy with. Detailing the compromises in that way made it better for me, and talking about them in front of a huge audience must have been daunting.

Brendan Dawes - Carefully Everywhere

29 Nov 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Handheld13 Live

Brendan’s talk was a nice change of style with him talking very fluidly about the very fluid and exploratory work that he keeps in his ‘cupboard of experiments’ ready to be used in more commercial work. I especially like the quote from Paul Rand that a designers’ job is To symbolise and summarise. A concept that I also liked was the idea of ‘surfacing’ information out of data; the idea of creating poetry around and out of data. His joy in doing this work really came across, and the enthusiasm was infectious.

Andrew Clarke - How to call your client an idiot without getting fired

29 Nov 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Handheld13 Live

A late substitute to the speaker line up was Andy Clarke, who delivers great presentations, talked about how Responsive Web Design has changed the landscape of how we communicate with clients, and offered some pointers on how we can do this successfully. All delivered without slides, he outlined some of the pitfalls of getting too fixated on design deliverables during the process to the detriment of the atmosphere of the work.

Sketchbook again

04 Nov 2013 in Sketchbooks Tagged:

This sketchbook is three months worth of scribbles, sketchnotes and doodles. It seemed to fill up pretty quick - which has the added advantage of not falling apart before I get to the end. One of the fun things I’ve started doing is a daily drawing (of variable quality) of myself and then water colouring it. I’ve collected the ones I did from the book, and they’re pretty fun all collected together.

ODI Lunchtime Lecture

17 Oct 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Audio

I listened to the a lunchtime lecture from The Open Data Institute and drew some notes to help me

Port80 Summer Localhost 2013 Sketchnotes

22 Sep 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Port80

I drew some sketchnotes at the Port80 Summer Localhost

Rugby plan

20 Sep 2013 in Tagged:

Open Knowledge Booksprint Sketchnotes

03 Sep 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Scribing

Sketchnotes from Open Knowledge Foundation Booksprint 3rd September 2013

Sketchbook finished

09 Aug 2013 in Sketchbooks Tagged:

Have finished another sketchbook- always a nice feeling. This time it was a cheap Moleskine imitator from Asda. I think it was a £2, which is ridiculously cheap considering the quality of the paper is pretty good, it has the Moleskine style curved corners and the handy built in elastic to keep it all together. The features where the corners have been cut are the cover and the binding. The cover is a ‘fine leatherette’ which translates as a slightly padded vinyl. It’s clearly just a cover for the cheap cardboard underneath, unlike the integral cover of a proper Moleskine, but it doesn’t impact the function of the book too much. The binding is a different matter. A brand new book is pretty neat - it doesn’t fold as flat as a Moleskine, but does pretty well when you want to do a double page spread. I tend to do that a lot since the thickness of the paper enables me to draw of both sides without much bleed through. The binding only starts to complain once you’re about two thirds of the way through the book, where it starts to come away from the spine, making the book a lot more unstable.

For this sketchbook I experimented with stabilising the binding by replacing the spine with strong carpet tape.As you can see it’s not pretty but it did help a little. Maybe the fact the book starts to fall apart might encourage me to draw more in an attempt to fill it up before it disintegrates.

The three months it’s taken me to fill this one covered a pretty busy period -

port80-compilation

iwmw13-poster-a3

I went to the always excellent IWMW2013

man-on-beach

and did sketches on holiday in addition to the usual notes, practices and doodles.

Looking back through I’ve noticed that I’m using far more watercolours in this book , and the more I do the better I get at not having my watercolour effort descend into a muddy mess. You get better with practice - who knew?

IWMW2013 Richard Prowse

02 Jul 2013 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Iwmw13 Live

His personal journey to content strategy