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Sketchnotes from West Michigan’s Design Week featuring Claudia de Almeida

On behalf of the AIGA Diversity Council, I had the great pleasure of sketchnoting Claudia de Almeida’s design journey presentation for West Michigan’s 2015 Design Week. I loved her practicality and desire for experimentation while respecting the vast history of typography. I had a wonderful chat with her and look forward to her future projects with her own business, a definite step in a unique direction beyond her work with WIRED and Real Simple magazine.

Enjoy!Claudia sketchnotes web

 

 

Ram Castillo in West Michigan

I had the pleasure of attending one of Ram Castillo’s ( giantthinkers.com ) tour stops, and got some great sketchnotes to encapsulate the presentation. Ram was a real pleasure to chat with, very personable and dedicated to his vision. If you haven’t yet, check out his book “Get a Job As A Designer. Guaranteed”.

Thanks to the AIGA Diversity Council of West Michigan for the chance for Kendall College of FSU and West Michigan to have him speak!

Ram Castillo sketchnotes

Falling concept

I found an old concept I had done for fun illustrating an event from my childhood. I had been dreaming deeply when I rolled over and fell from the top bunk in my room, and while falling I woke up. To this day that sensation of exiting a dream in flight is one of my strangest experiences yet!

 

Falling

Conference Presentation: National Heritage Academies

I had the opportunity to take an old school approach on an internal presentation for National Heritage Academies, based out of Grand Rapids. The presentation illustrations were approved on a Thursday, after many revisions to both the art direction and the actual presentation, and the assets were needed for the conference that following Monday. There wasn’t the luxury of time to special order presentation boards, as the team needed to be packed up for travel by Sunday morning. To get them ready in time, all the artwork had to be done by hand right on the boards. It was an awesome challenge.

 

Brainstorm process.

Brainstorm process.

 

 

Style test

Style test.

 

 

Layout on final board.

Layout on final board.

 

 

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Drawing the final illustrations.

 

 

 

 

My favorite!

My favorite!

 

 

The final centerpiece.

The final centerpiece.

 

 

The final presentation consisted of four boards total, all bearing velcro pieces of data that emphasized the speech given during the presentation.

 

 

A final 3D element to tie it all together.

A final 3D element to tie it all together.

 

Everything penned by me was made with just foam core and sharpies. The data pieces were printed in-house and attached with 3M velcro hooks. Everything was completed within three days between me and my project manager. It was a blast. :)