A Graphic Look at SXSWi 2009

Samantha Warren, Former Viget

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Mike Rohde Sketchnotes

Sharing notes at this year's conference went beyond Twitter -- there were a few folks at the SXSW Interactive Conference who took sketchnotes. Sketchnotes are elaborate notes with handwritten lettering and sketchy drawings of what is happening during the talk. They are an artform; a combination of comic strip and information design.  It takes a good listener and fast illustrator to get down a good sketchnote. The popularity of taking sketchnotes has grown and many people are now scanning in the pages of their moleskin and uploading them to flickr. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites from this year's conference.


I have seen them online and at the conference before, but this year Mike Rohde's sketch really caught my eye when I saw he had been sitting in the audience of my panel, "Web Typography: Quit bitchin' and get your Glyph on." I personally really enjoy the irony in his fantastically crafted hand lettering inspired by a talk on Web Type. His work has been getting a lot of deserved publicity; he has a very extensive flickr set that covers many of the design related panels at the conference. I recommend you check them out.

Sketchnotes by Mike Rohde

Mike Rohde Sketchnotes

Mike Rohde Sketchnotes

Mike Rohde Sketchnotes


Sketchnotes by Austin Kleon

Mike Rohde Sketchnotes

Mike Rohde Sketchnotes


Sketchnotes by Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown Zappos

sunnibrown zappos


Sketchnote by Varick Rosete

Varrick SXSW sketch


For more sketchnotes, check out these Flickr Sets

Visual Notes from SXSW 2009

Mike Rohde's Complete Collection

The Joy of Sketch- Adaptive Path

Photoshop World Orlando Sketchnotes

UX Week Sketchnotes


Know of any more? Post them in the comments!

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