Well, there it is. One a day for one year’s worth of sketchplanations.
A couple of thoughts follows, but mostly I’d just like to say thank you so much for following along. It’s been remarkable to have so many people actually read what I wrote/drew, every day. I know you have a lot of ways to spend your time, so thanks.
Second, I do intend to continue. Though I don’t think you’ll begrudge if I step it down from one a day. I’m looking at 3 a week. I think your inboxes will probably prefer that too.
Third, if you have ideas for sketchplanations, please, pass them on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth, lots of people have asked about producing a collection as a book. If you know of how that may be possible at a reasonable price, please get in touch.
Now, in no particular order, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
- It’s kind of remarkable to compare the quality of the more recent ones, say, sneaky casinos, with those at the start, say, cooking is bucket science. And it’s interesting to see a style develop from what works. Hopefully for the better.
- I think this comes from several places. Practice, sure. And trying harder. But mostly I think it stems from what happens when you put your work out in a public place. There’s an incredible power in sharing publicly to improve quality.
- I’m also reminded of how enough molehills make a mountain. There’s really something to that. Maybe, instead of aiming at your mountain, you could just start with a molehill.
- There’s real power in undirected sharing. Rather than me trying to figure out who will like what, if you put work out there, others can decide what’s valuable to them. It’s been amazing to receive stories from people who’ve picked up sketching again, who’ve used them in classes, who’ve put them in books, who’ve used them in articles, who’ve been doing their own. I didn’t possibly imagine any of that when I started on day one.
- I also learned that my most popular sketchplanations were not my best sketchplanations (at least as I see it). They were most likely those that happened to make their way into other popular streams like the awesome I love charts, or Upworthy. And looking at what seems popular is not a good way to make you happy about what you’re doing.
- I learned a little of the curious growth of things on the internet. Things are very uneven. Here’s the growth of the mailing list:
- Nothing —> Massive spike —>Ticking over. All due to a few nice events started by Jakub Linowski and on to John Maeda, Sketchnote Army, the Smashing Newsletter and Webdesignerdepot and who knows where. Funny old world.
And once again, thanks. If you have any stories to share with me, you know where to find me.
PS: In case you missed it, I do plan to continue at a more sedate pace.