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Playing with Expansive, a social whiteboarding app for iPad

March 31st, 2015 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, presentation design, sketchnotearmy, Uncategorized

Sketchnotes of the Initiafy pitch

I recently tested out a social whiteboarding app called Expansive, creating real-time sketchnotes during pitches by startups. The pitches were delivered at a Digital Irish event, a regular meetup of Irish expatriate tech entrepreneurs in NYC.

Expansive is an iPad app, which is designed for multiple collaborators to contribute at once. In this case I was working on my own. I added a few touches afterward, but most of what you see here was done as the speakers presented. I projected my iPad screen as I worked, so people could see the notes develop as I created them. Expansive is very easy to use, and a lot of fun. I enjoyed testing out Expansive—if you want to learn more, visit expansive.io for a free download.

Sketchnotes from Cool in Your Code pitch

Sketchnotes from Jon Axelrod introductory remarks

Sketchnotes from Pocket Anatomy

MatchPad pitch–sketchnotes. This one got away from me a little bit. Expansive lets you zoom in and out as you work, and it has a (theoretically) infinite canvas size. I lost track of my layout in the sketchnotes above in the course of moving around. Next time I might put in a few marks ahead of time to give myself some spacial reference points.

Sketchnotes from Jobbio pitch.

Thanks to Digital Irish for hosting me

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UX SketchCamp NYC 2015 Resources

January 26th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Had a blast at UX SketchCampNYC last Saturday. Thanks for coming out and adding to the energy!

The snowstorm is cutting my time short today, so I’ll post a more extensive set of links and some photos and pics of my graphic recording from UX SketchCampNYC as well in the next couple of days, assuming I have electricity and internet access :).

Quick links:

Envizualize.com—Hey you are here already, but I might as well post my own site.

Pics from the event (more to come):


The IFVP is the global professional association of graphic recorders and graphic facilitators. They produce an an annual conference with is a very powerful experience for anyone interested in the field.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list for NYC chapter IFVP events, email me at jonny(at)envizualize.com and I’ll send your info to the local event coordinator.


The Doodle Revolution, by Sunni Brown

The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide by Brandy Agerbeck

Graphic Facilitation, by Dave Sibbet

The Sketchnote Handbook, by Mike Rohde

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Value Proposition Design, Envizualized

October 23rd, 2014 · business, coworking, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, presentation design, public speaking, storytelling

Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur gave a talk about their book, Value Proposition Design, from their home base in Europe via video conference to a rapt audience of entrepreneurs and business people at New Work City in lower Manhattan last night. Above is my visual capture of the key ideas they discussed. Can’t wait to get the book!

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David Pogue and Jonny Goldstein Talk (and Draw) Photoshop for Yahoo Tech

July 3rd, 2014 · business, envizualize, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, partnerships, presentation design, public speaking, storytelling, technology, visual sensemaking

David Pogue, the Yahoo Tech commentator, PBS NOVA host, and prolific tech author, brought me in to whiteboard his review of the latest version of Photoshop for a video on Yahoo Tech.

We had a great time making this. Hope you enjoy it!

And for those curious about David, he’s great to work with. Funny, relaxed, but focused on doing great work. Thanks to David and his awesome Yahoo Tech video team for tapping me for this project!

Read the whole article here.

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Pics from the NASA International Space Apps Challenge NYC event

April 17th, 2014 · edtech, entrepreneurship, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, npTech, partnerships, presentation design, public speaking, storytelling, technology

It was an honor to support the NYC portion of NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge hackathon. Here are some pics of the event and my visual capture of the final project pitches.

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Evizualize Goes to Space

April 7th, 2014 · Uncategorized

(Close up of 2013 Space App project envizualization)

I’m looking forward to being back at NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, where people pitch in to create better ways of doing stuff in space and on earth, hackathon style. I’ll be turning the final project pitches into full color illustrated murals in real time.

The Space Apps Challenge is very special, and and all the more so in NYC, which will be the media center for the global event which unfolds in cities on every continent the weekend of April 12-13. The Space Apps Challenge is open to all, from hardcore engineers to kids. It is free, and based on my experience last year, it brings out the best in the funny species which we belong to. To learn more and register, visit the Space Apps site.

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Research + Behavior Visualization Workshop Recap

March 7th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Created with flickr slideshow.

Had a great time leading this workshop along with Jonas Milder at University of the Arts in Philadelphia for Sophomore Industrial Design students. Great enthusiasm, observations, and externalized thought from our participants. The students have been observing documenting people’s routines in everyday settings. In the process, students have identified unmet needs. Now they are going to start designing and fabricating things to address those unmet needs. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

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