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Are you ready for UX Sketch Camp NYC?

August 16th, 2013 · business, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, partnerships, public speaking, visual sensemaking, workshops


Get ready to visually jam to create better user experiences for clients, better working tools for colleagues, and better professional experiences for yourself at UX Sketch Camp NYC. I am delighted to be part of the team that will make UX Sketch Camp NYC a reality, and I look forward to getting some ink on my fingers with you this fall at what will be an epic gathering in the Big Apple.

Sketch Camps have been popping up all over the place and we are finally getting one here in the Center of the Universe. About time.

Sign up for UX Sketch Camp Invite List

Q: What’s in it for me?

A: A day of learning, sharing, and jamming with fellow UX practitioners, designers, and entrepreneurs on the topic of how to use hand drawn pictures, notes, and diagrams to get better results for clients and for yourself.

Q: How did UX SketchCamp NYC come about?

A: Marc Niola, a UX practitioner with experience in China and NYC met Dean Meyers and myself at the Lean Startup Bootcamp Will Evans taught at the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship recently. The idea for Sketch Camp NYC had been brewing in Marc’s head for awhile, inspired by other Sketch Camps which blazed the trail in other cities. One of the motivating ideas behind the workshop was to get an idea out there and make it real, fast. In this light, we decided the Bootcamp was the perfect launchpad to get set Sketch Camp NYC in motion. We reached out to MJ Broadbent (IXDA Treasurer, sketchmeister, and all around wonderful human) to join our effort and the seed of UX Sketch Camp NYC was born.

Q: What is going to happen at UX Sketch Camp NYC?

A: We are still finalizing the program, but this much is for sure: it’s going to be hands on, with lots of opportunity for your active participation. All comfort levels with Sketching welcome. You will delve into the how and the why of sketching in a UX context, with ample time for you to practice what you learn and share what you know.

Q: Where is it going to happen?

A: We are exploring venues now. If you have a lead on a good venue (e.g. you work for a company that has the right kind of space for this kind of event), please email me at jonny (at) envizualize.com

Q: When is it going to happen?

A: Once we have a venue, we’ll be able to schedule the time. Sometime before Thanksgiving.

Q: Can I sign up now?

A: Sign up on our invite list and we will keep you updated with the latest as we know it.

Sketchcamp is brought to you by

NYC based Visual Coach Jonny Goldstein helps people achieve personal and business breakthroughs. He does this through coaching, workshops, and social drawing. Jonny’s coaching clients come from technology, design, and entrepreneurial backgrounds. They have called their visual coaching experiences “awesome” “productive” and “weirdly therapeutic.” When not coaching and teaching workshops, Jonny creates memory-boosting information murals summarizing the ideas bouncing around meetings and conferences. He performs at events such as Ignite NYC with visual essays about identity in the age of big data, primal fear, and new interfaces for tombstones. Jonny is a proud graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program where he created an electronics embedded bodysuit which let him speak with his future self (in the future, Jonny will still get beaten in foosball by practically everyone). His interest in creating memorable experiences led him to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship where he took 2nd place in the speed cards competition and in the Mind Sports Olympiad where he won the silver medal in mind mapping. He is proud to warp designers of the future as a visiting instructor at the University of the Arts Masters of Industrial Design Program. He is currently Visualizer in Residence at New Work City. More about how Jonny helps people like you rock at envizualize.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonnygoldstein
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonnygoldstein
Web: http://envizualize.com

Marc Niola
Independent Experience Architect & Coach, Leader of NYC UX Acrobatics, and Founder and Executive Producer of UX Sketch Camp NYC.

Marc is a veteran Experience Architect with clients including: Publicis Kaplan Thaler, L’OREAL, Softsheen | Carson, Garnier and Melissa & Doug. He is highly active in the NYC UX community, leading NYC UX Acrobatics Meetup since 2012 and founding UX Sketch Camp NYC, as well as evangelizing UX principles to several start-ups, non-profits and SME.

Marc is also a regular speaker, particularly on the topic of UX Strategy and Service Design, with recent talks and workshops at 3rd Ward Brooklyn and NYU. He is also a leading member of NYC UXPA and when not coaching and problem-solving you can try to catch him riding his bike around NYC.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marcniola
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcniola
Web: http://www.marc-niola.com/

Mary Jane (MJ) Broadbent is a New York City-based design consultant who has been creating elegant visual solutions to complex problems for over 20 years. With a background in print communications, MJ began working in interactive design in 1996. She was named the first Director of Information Architecture at the Silicon Alley pioneer agency Icon Nicholson, where she helped establish information architecture and human-computer interaction as strategic practice areas within the cross-disciplinary product development process. MJ’s design expertise and leadership has benefited organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bookspan (now DirectGroup Bertelsmann), The College Board, Empire BlueCrossBlueShield, H&R Block, Liquidnet, The McGraw-Hill Companies (Standard & Poor’s), Pfizer, Sony Electronics, and the United Nations. MJ coaches professionals in reclaiming their innate drawing skills: workshops at Interaction10, Interaction12, UX Australia, UX Week, and custom corporate training. She is in her second term as an IxDA Director (Treasurer) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mjbroadbent

Visual problem-solver Dean Meyers combines creativity, design, marketing and training experience to facilitate visual thinking in a wide variety of business, educational and strategic settings. Dean distills his knowledge into simple principles and methods for decision-making and problem solving with visual tools. Dean employed his early training in visual and musical arts while working for Apple when they launched the first graphical user interface-based computer (Macintosh) in 1984. He moved into web design and development in advertising agencies and marketing companies in New York as the revolution in web development for business and commerce began in the mid-90s. Most recently, Dean has turned his professional focus on using visual facilitation across many disciplines, from user experience design to pharma and health, business, science, social and mass media, marketing, and education. He is currently on the Board of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and a founding leader of VizThink NYC, holding regular workshops on using visual thinking methods to improve communication, business processes and life-skills for professionals. He is often seen graphically recording large-scale events focused on innovation (World Innovation Forum-NY, Pop!Tech, Business Innovation Factory, TEDMED), while also using the latest digital/online technology to run workshops, training and consulting on visualization for strategy and problem-solving across many disciplines.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/deanmeistr
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/deanmeyers
Web: http://vizbiztools.com

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More IDC 2013 Visuals

June 28th, 2013 · Uncategorized

The IDC 2013 Conference photostream is amazing. I was honored to support the conference by visually synthesizing several talks with large scale visual notes.

Here are just a few pics.










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IDC 2013

June 25th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Greetings IDC 2013 participants! Hope you had a blast at IDC 2013. To enhance your post-conference experience, download the free IDC 2013 Work FunBook below.

For maximum fun, download and then print the FunBook out. Then grab a pen, or pencil and get busy.Perfect for the plane ride home!

Download FunBook Here.


Jonny Goldstein

From the “Draw Some Awesome” activity station at the NYSCI reception.

The Google Experience for Young Users, Part 1---IDC 2013
he Google Experience for Young Users, Part 1

The Google Experience for Young Users, Part 2---IDC 2013
The Google Experience for Young Users, Part 2

IDC 2013---Envizualized, Al Fresco
Visual Summaries, Al Fresco (Outside).
We wheeled out some of the visual summaries outside for better light for photos. I liked the way this image came out with people sitting in front!

The Ways of The Hand + NYSCI Intro at IDC 2013
Anne Balsamo and Eric Siegel

NYCSCI Initiatives discussed at IDC 2013
NYSCI Initiatives
David Monina Sengeh Keynote at IDC 2013
David Monina Sengeh

Young Sierra Leone Makers at IDC 2013
Young Makers from Sierra Leone

Photos from the “Draw Some Awesome” station at the NYSCI reception:

In the zone.

Artifacts, left behind.


Final note. This conference had a lot of resonance for me as a parent, as a former director of a technology education after school program, and as someone who has worked in the interactive design world. I hope the event was powerful, useful and delightful for you, and that you enjoyed your stay in New York City.

Safe Travels!



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Vimeo Test

June 5th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Just testing how vimeo works. This is a draft

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Interactive Telecommunications Program Alumni Association Town Hall

May 30th, 2013 · envizualize, graphic recording, large scale visual notes, npTech, sketchnotearmy

ITP Alumni Town Hall, Part 1

ITP Alumni Town Hall Meeting, Part 2

ITP Alumni Town Hall

The Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU has over 2500 alumni working at the forefront of interactive media, communications, design and art. At long last we are coming together to create a formal alumni association to keep the value of the program alive and vital after we graduated. I graduated from ITP in 2004 and I was delighted to return to the fourth floor to capture the ideas bouncing around the meeting in the form of an information mural. Although many of ITP’s alumni do great stuff after grad school, there are common concerns, like managing student loans and optimizing professional development in a constantly changing technology and professional environment.

Prominent ITP alumni include Leo Villareal, Camille Utterback, and Dennis Crowley.

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Boom! Headshot!

May 20th, 2013 · Uncategorized

It's not the size of the pen, it's the vividness of the ink

Time for a new headshot to go with my new glasses. Photo by ShuliHallak.

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Visualizing 21st Century Education at Common Ground 2013

May 1st, 2013 · graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, npTech, presentation design, public speaking, sketchnotearmy, storytelling, technology

I go to a lot of conferences. The Common Ground conference in Baltimore is hands down one of my favorites. The conference is for educators who want to think about how to provide a great learning experience for kids in the 21st century. I provided graphic recording a couple of years ago when the conference had a different name. It was great to be invited back in 2013 to support their event. Since then it has expanded it’s scope and mission. One of the things I really love about the team that puts the event together—they are open to letting me experiment. I took this opportunity to do do visual accompaniment to two presenters, using my iPad to draw sketchnotes in real time and project them, as a kind of organicly growing slide show. Then after the fact, I turned screen recordings of my sketchnotes and turned them into the video recaps below:

Classroom Management for the Middle Level Educator- Managing the Madness

This video uses notes I created on an iPad of Jack Berckemeyer‘s hilarious and thought provoking talk about classroom management in a middle school setting. Middle school kids offer unique challenges (and comic relief) for educators. I appreciate that Jack was a good sport and let me do my thing while he gave his talk. On the other hand, if your natural element is middle school, this was probably not that tough for him.This is my interpretation of Jack’s talk. Any mistakes or omissions are mine. For the real thing, go see him in person, or do a YouTube search for his name. Jack is full of insights, practical ideas, and humor about how to make middle school education better.

Building Collaborative School Culture With Data

While the title of Christopher O’Neal‘s talk sounds completely different from Jack’s in the end, they are informed by a common theme—getting people to work together better in order to provide better education for kids. Chris talked about how important it is for principles to model good uses of data and gave several examples of how that might work. He even polled the people in the room to gather data about what we thought was the most important quality we wanted to cultivate in our students. Again, this is video is comprised of my impressions of his talk–any omissions or errors are mine. If you are interested in using data in a humane, powerful way to help build a great culture in your school, you might want to check out Christopher’s book: Data-Driven Decision Making: A Handbook for School Leaders.

I also had the pleasure of leading a mini-session on using pencil on paper drawing techniques to develop education projects. Thanks to all the participants!

Thanks again to the Common Ground team for inviting me to be part of this very special conference.

Bonus: How I made these videos
Somebody from the conference asked me how I created the videos, so just in case anyone else is curious here is a brief explanation.

1) During the talks, I took notes on an iPad using the Penultimate app. I used Penultimate because it’s a very easy to use, basic, drawing app. Also the page transitions when I went from one digital sketchpad page to another did not appear in the projection, so this made it less distracting for folks who were in the room than some other sketching apps.

2) I recorded my iPad screen by having the screen appear on my Macbook Air laptop and using Quicktime to record what was happening onscreen (I could not find a way to do a screen recording of my iPad without sending the iPad screen over to my computer). To have the iPad screen appear on my laptop, I installed a free program on the laptop called Reflector. I connected the iPad and laptop via bluetooth. I see that the Reflector site is not loading for me as I write this, so I don’t know if they are still an operating company. If you can’t use reflector, google “How do I mirror iPad on my computer?” to see how to do this.

3) This left me with some very long video clips (each talk was over an hour). I imported them into iMovie, sped the clips up, cut a bunch out, and added text. Then added music.

4) I created the music in Garage Band on my laptop. Garage band gives you lots of little music snippets which you can assemble into a soundtrack.

5) Then I exported the resulting videos from iMovie and uploaded to Youtube and Google Docs for sharing.

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