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SKETCHBOOK: a creative tool and a way of life that celebrates design and drawing as vital ways to see and value culture, to discover ideas, and to envision a better world.


Jim keeps a full calendar of speaking engagements and invited workshops, because face-to-face interaction and a personal connection is by far the best way to share ideas and inspiration.  He has delivered popular keynotes at conferences across the U.S. and abroad, as well as commencement addresses, education sessions and lectures for universities, international symposia, professional society meetings and private enterprise.

The topics Jim frequently speaks on include:
  • Busted in Havana: Lessons from the Road  Jim's work as an urban sketcher and artist/traveler have taken him to 45 countries (so far).  While each journey is unique, he's learned that sketchbooks speak an international language that can open doors and bridge differences in language, culture and political ideology. He's also learned about dysentery, why young women in Vietnam rub his belly, and how paying demanded bribes doesn't always ensure smooth sailing.
  •  Visions:  Design Drawing in a Digital Age   Jim is internationally renowned for his project work, teaching and writing that rethinks freehand design sketching to best exploit its creative strengths in a digital world.  Rather than focusing on illustrative "graphics" at the end of the creative process, Jim's focus is on rapid visualization techniques for generating more and better ideas at the beginning.  This fun and inspirational session includes audience participation that teaches skills and instills confidence.
  • Discover! Design Thinking and the Creative Process   In a world that's rapidly changing, it becomes critically important that we become very good at the fundamentals that don't change--creative problem-solving processes that can span disciplines and address challenges at any scale.  This talk addresses logical design processes sometimes taught in school, intuitive processes NOT taught in school, and life disciplines that build creative capacity.

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Conference attendee's comments:
  • "I was just in awe of the thoughtfulness of your presentation. Your session was the best thing I have heard at a conference for a long time.  I know it is because it was heartfelt and involved years of striving.  I can’t wait for your book!
  • "Amazing lecture; by far one of my favorites.  Very engaging.  Well done!"
  • "Best session EVER!!!!!!  Great mix of education and entertainment."