I might be over doing the “I’m so excited to _____” announcements lately, but seriously, I am so excited to get around to posting this work onto this blog.

For one my first paid paintings since high school, I got to paint a designer I admire’s slide deck. You can check out all 24 paintings and the talk on Medium.

Process –

I’m a fairly speedy painter, but I found that I had to approach like I did my UX work: in iterations. The first 2 revs were very much like my sketchnotes, which are fantastic since those are done realtime. However, for a deck, was much too sloppy of a format. The more colorful, polished watercolors struck the balance of polished, while not trying too hard, and quick to convey the content. For any talk, what’s most important is what the speaker had to say. /preach

Sketchnotes of fellow speaker Carol Ann from Thoughtbot Taco Tuesdays last night!

Slides are up on Speaker Deck!

Video forthcoming. Thank you to all the co-workers, friends, and strangers who came out last night to hear us speak. So incredibly honored.

Still doing my part of sketching our #DesignDoing speakers.
Now with marker shading, :)

Thanks Dane @thegreatsunra and Jason @jasondwillkens!

Sketchnotes of Cliff Kuang’s talk for Bay Area Vis.

  1. We’re eco-primitives.
  2. Just smart enough is perfect.
  3. Technology is not like us yet.

My friend James gave a talk about #prettybigdata last night.

Hooray, it’s a high-res sketch from Jessica Hische’s Passion Projects talk last Thursday.

Hooray, it’s a high-res sketch from Jessica Hische’s Passion Projects talk last Thursday.

Sketches from the fifth installation of Design+Start-up.
In order of appearance: @jgebbia, @enunge, @sourjayne, & @irondavy. Thanks for all your wisdom!

Bonus, about the tools. My current repertoire is nearly pure MUJI: A5 dot grid, 0.5 weight pens in black, sky blue, and green, and a Kuretake black brush pen for thicker lines. I find this set easy to carry around while remaining effective. Though I must add, the tools do not matter as much as the obsessive practice you are willing to put in.

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Sketches also uploaded to Flickr »

“Can I see the insides of your sketchbook?” Now you can. Kind of. Photographs!

Eric Reiss’ talk two Thursdays ago. P.S. There’s an IXDA series, UX in Space next Wednesday @ Trulia’s 9th floor rooftop penthouse. All 8 talks from DxFSF.

In < 24 hours, I illustrated 9 talks.
Thinking about it makes my right hand pulsate a bit.

Enjoy!

The pages from my sketchbook featuring @datatelling's talk: The Weight of Unlived Lives. ginkgo leaves are so fun to draw.
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I&#8217;m so bad at keeping up with this blog. My goal should be to get some more stamina&#8230; I barely have any energy after commuting home.

The pages from my sketchbook featuring @datatelling's talk: The Weight of Unlived Lives. ginkgo leaves are so fun to draw.

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I’m so bad at keeping up with this blog. My goal should be to get some more stamina… I barely have any energy after commuting home.