Privilege, Perspective, and Power

Privilege, Perspective, and Power

It's been a long time since I have written a blog, sent a newsletter, or shared any of my work. I've been up to a lot this summer, including selling a house and moving across the country, but have felt a block when it comes to posting my work or sending out a newsletter. If I'm being honest with myself, a lot of the resistance comes from doubts and fear about my work feeling frivolous and tone deaf during a time in our country that feels very serious. I'm so damn lucky to have a house to sell, to be able to run my own business, and to afford to move to one of the most expensive cities in the world. I recognize my privilege but haven't been able to figure out what to do about it, so I do nothing...

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iPad Pro Inspiration

iPad Pro Inspiration

You may have heard me profess my love for iPad Pro once or twice, so it will probably come as no surprise to you that when Apple approached me to be a featured creator for the new iPad Pros, I eagerly sad yes. I was commissioned to create two illustrations showcasing iPad's capabilities as a thinking tool rather than a tool for fine artists, which was right up my alley. All of the work was completed several months ago, but the products were announced in this week's keynote. 

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AFP Annual Conference Recap

AFP Annual Conference Recap

Last fall I provided digital graphic recording and other services for The Association of Finance Professionals' annual conference. This was a particularly fun assignment because in addition to attending the conference and capturing the content of several presentations, I also created a marketing video and was interviewed for the organization’s podcast. All content is available for your pleasure here!

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Visual Thinking and Storytelling Workshop with Betabooks

Visual Thinking and Storytelling Workshop with Betabooks

Late last summer I started talking to a client about running a series of visual thinking/visual storytelling workshops for their communications team. As I learned more about the staff, their experience, and their roles it became clear that the main goals should be to build confidence in their visual thinking abilities and to provide strategies for generating and sharing sketch concepts for visual stories.

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My Second Skillshare Class: Behind the Scenes

My Second Skillshare Class: Behind the Scenes

When FiftyThree and Skillshare approached me this summer to create a course centered around data visualization and iPad drawing, I knew that it would be a fantastic opportunity. I said yes before knowing any details about how it would all work because my gut was telling me that doing this would provide me with much greater value than purely financial benefit. In fact, I didn't know I would make a penny until after we filmed the first class. While it wasn't clear to me in exactly what other ways I would learn and grow, now I know and can share with anyone who takes the time to read this. 

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What a difference a year can make!

What a difference a year can make!

I have about 30 sketchbooks and Moleskine journals lying around that I have used to track my ideas, designs, learning, and experiences over the years. Occasionally I open them up to reference different events or for inspiration, but for the most part they are just collecting dust. 

Last fall, I discovered the many benefits of digital drawing, and have since jumped in with both feet. My first attempt at digital drawing was when I attended the Tableau Customer Conference and decided to create a sketchnote journal to remember the experience. 

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To the D-School, and Beyond!

I'm super excited to be teaching a "PopShop" class on Visual Thinking this winter at the D-School with Alli McKee of Blot, Inc. Our class will be focusing on how Visual Thinking and Communication can play a crucial role in multi-stakeholder systems, and we plan to introduce students to the future of productivity through the use of digital drawing and collaborative tools. We quickly threw together a flyer for potential students to check out for a "pitch night" which you can check out below. 

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