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Collaborative Sketchnote Frameworks

In Big Fun!, drawings, How we learn and think, Images, Sketchnoting, Visual Thinking on October 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I’m so excited!!!! I’ve been asked to provide Sketchnote frameworks for TEDx San Antonio 2012. It’s hard not to end each sentence with an exclamation point. We’re going to try out something new to see if we can create a piece of memory graphiti from each talk. I have 8 more to produce, but I thought I’d share the What is Sketchnoting? And Rules for Collaborative Sketchnoting here to see what you think. If you saw one of these, were excited by a presentation you had just seen and found colored markers and sticky notes and an encouraging voice saying, “Go ahead. Add something,” would you do it?

What is collaborative sketchnoting?

What is Sketchnoting?




Butts in Seats Sketchnotes

In Big Fun!, drawings, marketing, Sketchnoting, Visual Thinking on April 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I’ve completed three of Daphne Bosquet’s sessions now, one that was a freebie and two that were part of her commercial Butts in Seats workshop.

Each one contains lots of real value, even to someone like me who was an ad hoc marketer for many, many years. But the most exciting pieces for me were three killer ideas with 1, 2, 3, instructions.  There was one in each session.

They are something that I can use right now and can add to a future toolkit. And I have never found them anywhere else. Thank you, Daphne, for sharing your secrets!!!

I have Sketchnoted all three sessions. You can see the two from the commercial workshop here. Still need to photograph the other.

Recommendation: If you are planning to develop and market a workshop, don’t move forward without Daphne’s brilliant assistance!

Garden as Playhouse

In Big Fun!, Garden, Wandering on April 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Last year I thought of my garden as a labyrinth, where I slowly, carefully walked each row in sequence. My thoughts, although quiet were garden thoughts, paused only for a brief violence against the grasshoppers. I watched time progress each day, sometimes twice each day as I noted the positive —  new growth, or the negative — grasshopper or earwig cuts. This year, the second year, the garden is more playhouse than labyrinth. Whimsy abounds. Or my own version of whimsy. I wonder if it’s about the second year or about the fact that I have all this fun, funny stuff that hasn’t had a place before. Who knows?

See the open shed in the background of the picture? It’s getting a blue and yellow striped canvas curtain. And I think this year’s big sculpture might need to be a garden god.

Since I was photographing the garden, which has only two tomatoes in it as production at this point so maybe it might as well be a playhouse at least for now, here are some other photos of Texas Spring.

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Foolish things

In ART!, Big Fun! on April 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

We played tourist while some very dear friends were here. It’s always a great opportunity to explore the parts of San Antonio that we don’t regularly take time to see. This is from an amazing concrete grotto along the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. It’s only a teaser.

We have a third clown painting so you know what that means? We are now fair game for collecting clown paintings. And if you need your own or some equally creepy, wonderful work, I recommend the show at the Laura Croft Gallery in Waco (no relation to the tomb raider). It features works by the Amazing Hancock Brothers. Here’s our new painting, which goes in the Fun House/Lounge once it’s built. The rest are very worthy as well. The ones on the blown out mattress covers are creepy deluxe.

More Useful Life of Things — What makes for good junk?

In Big Fun!, Celebration, design, Garden, How we learn and think, Make something on April 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

You know how you have stuff sitting around your house that’s not quite junk ’cause you might just have a use for it? And it sits around, sometimes for years until one day the magic happens. Then you don’t have to feel like a guilty hoarder any more because all of that rat holing was justified, ’cause LOOK WHAT I JUST MADE!!!!!

It all seems to make sense at one time. For us, the garden and parties supply a lot of the impetus. First, the garden junk. I bought four bowling pins at a junk store about 3 years ago ’cause they were a dollar and bowling pins are just cool. They found their way to a corner under the house. A year ago, when we were first putting in the garden, a friend had some shoe rods that were too good to throw away. She kept them for me. When I saw them, I concurred. I brought them home and put them in a corner of the garden shed.

This year the two neglected items came together. Who knew that that bowling pins had a hole in the bottom? I widened the hole using Dad’s bit brace and pounded a shoe rod into the bottom. Then we pounded the entire thing into the ground. They are now my new  hose bumpers. And since I have bowling pins in the garden, now adding the bowling ball made sense.

The other coming together was much more rapid. We found cast iron stork legs at the flea market for pretty much nothing. We had a broken ostrich shell which was too good to throw away, even when broken. Ta-da! A Tim Burton Style scarecrow.

Now the party-driven needs.

About 5-7 years ago a round glass patio table that we had for about 12 years met its useful end as a table. Cyrus, our 60 pound dog, leapt on it, collapsing it in a hail of tempered glass. No one was hurt. We put the table ring onto the might be useful someday too big to get in the garbage can pile. Time passed. Actually, quite a bit of time. We moved it around and looked at it but it never found a useful purpose.

This year is Eric’s 60th and we celebrated All Fool’s Eve as clowns are a favorite theme. The celebration required decorations. A happy coincidence that the blue rope lights bought for another purpose fit exactly into the groove of the table ring wrapped twice round. There was a need for a hole filler to fill the middle of what was now a blue lit hole.

I pulled out the canvas scraps that Mom had given me about 9 years ago. One fit. Now Harry stands above the gate to the yard. Although Harry first honored Eric’s birthday, he’s a permanent (or semi-permanent fixture.

What do you think the UPS drivers think when they drive up?

Oh wait, they’ve already seen the scare crow and bowling pins.

What would YOU do for $5?

In Big Fun!, Celebration, design, drawings, Images, Make something, marketing, social media on March 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Do you know about fiverr.com? It’s one of the great values of being connected to the web, of staying current with what’s out there and what’s happening. It’s also one of the benefits of having a brother who stays out there and stays current since he’s the one who told me about it.

Fiverr.com has a list of things that people will do in exchange for $5. The commerce system is built in so that you choose the offering you want and pay through fiverr. They manage the rest. There are micro-products and services from around the world. A cute kid will record a video of himself delivering your bad news, ’cause as he says, it’s easier to accept when it’s delivered by a cute kid. People will create colorful QR codes. They’ll build web intros. All for $5.

Fiverr may be one of the last great values. For example, I found someone who was willing to create an original cartoon image from a photo. . . for $5.

Here’s the photo

Yes, it’s a rare thing, in and of itself.

And here’s the cartoon.

And here are two things that the cartoon has become.

All for $5!!!!

What would you buy for $5? I warn you, you can get lost for a long time on the site. And it’s dangerous! I just published the post and clicked the link to make sure it worked. When I got to the fiverr site, someone had posted an offer on the front page for two pieces of  felt breakfast toast.

I DIDN’T KNOW THAT I NEEDED THEM. But they’re on their way to me right now. Sigh.

Visual essays

In ART!, Big Fun!, design, drawings, Images, social media, Visual Thinking on January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I’m not going to spoil the effect by posting a image here.

Click the link to see some lovely visual essays. This is a site to get lost in. I loved her Dinner with a Stranger story.

Do you think this is done with Prezi?

I also had to add this one which I found about about through  Anuschka’s new blog. Fantasy foodscapes. Wow.

Today, we draw

In Big Fun!, drawings, Images, Visual Thinking on November 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm

The next assignment was to draw how we would care for ourselves and post it near our desks. I always re-imagine my assignments ’cause they are for MY learning, not the instructors, just like I did when I asked my economics prof if I could answer a different question than the one he asked ’cause we had already covered that point. I wrote a haiku about real estate supply and demand. Well, someone had to.

So here is a drawing showing facilitation challenges and actions that I can take to address, compensate for or just redirect my attention away from.

I’m learning to draw big with these BIG Copic markers. I think what I need from them are light colors to use as washes. The ones that I love are these big brush markers — much more easy for me to control. What kinds of tools do you use in the moment on paper that work for you? I’m searching.

Circus mini-saga

In Big Fun!, Make something on October 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Do you know mini-sagas? They’re 50-word stories that have a full plot. I forgot about them until last night, when we watched the PBS documentary, Circus.

Here’s one of my first:


The circus train paroled me early. When the clowns found me, they claimed me as family, trading my prison stripes for a red-nosed disguise. My small, canon-perfect body shot across the crowd two nights in a row.


I leave in muffled darkness, eardrums shattered, sneaking away in oversized shoes.

You have one to share?

Jokes in translation

In Big Fun!, How we learn and think on September 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I read this enewsletter as soon as it comes in. Or I save it as a treasure to read when I need an idea or a boost. I suppose I should consider making a donation because there has always been something of value in it. But it’s the Internet, and I don’t pay for the Internet. Do you? A quandry.

However, I found this story on Thiagi’s site, the author of the newsletter. The title intrigued me but the story was even better. See what you think.