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I'm going to lead a couple of mini-workshops on visual notetaking at RefreshPhilly tonight. These notes are my preparation for tonight. The first thing I'm going to do is give a little drawing instruction, using Ed Emberly as inspiration.




This image is image 26 of the 100 Days Envizualized, a project where I upload my visual notes that I create on 100 consecutive days. To check out the other notes, go here


An eBook will be available of all 100 days worth of notes, with annotation, once the 100 days are over.

After June 2010's Refresh Philly meeting at the Comcast Center in Philadelphia I was able to capture this 360 degree hdr'ed panorama. I usually aim for realism when I create my HDR images, especially when creating them for our virtual tours, this time I went for something with a bit more pop, color, and personality that would stand on its own and not need to be viewed in a virtual tour viewer.

The William Penn statue used to be the tallest thing in the city, sitting atop City Hall. I took a brisk walk from Suburban Station to Market East and clicked this cameraphone picture on my way.

This building is tall! I can't get the whole building in one cameraphone shot, and it still blurred (night photography and cameraphones don't mix), but I wanted to keep this shot nonetheless.

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


During the talk about User Experience (UX) the attendees got to share their thoughts.



Here are some pics I took while at the Comcast Center for the Refresh Philly Event on 3-2-09. The grid was inspired by the design elements of muxtape.

In this picture you can find people from:

The speakers for the night were Luke Crawford the CTO from and Todd Warfel a Partner at And finally at the bottom of the image you can see pics of us Anthony and Carole from

I've always been fascinated by the mosaic mural at Septa's Market East/Gallery Station. Grabbed this shot while waiting for the R2 Train back home.

I think that's what it is. This is on the 45th floor. I definitely felt as if I should be plotting to take over the world.

Refresh Philly is a monthly gathering of local creative, technical and other interested locals that want to keep/make Philadelphia a vibrant place to live.


Grid Magazine is a local publication that is focused on making Philadelphia a more sustainable city.


Together they did a brainstorming session on how to bring Grid Magazine, a print publication, to the internets in a way that built a community and resource archive.


From September's Philly Refresh meeting.

Taken out the window of the 45th floor of the Comcast Center. (looking North)

From the 45th floor Comcast Center. (looking North).

The June RefreshPhilly meeting

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


A small portion of the people that attended the first Refresh Philly event.



Here are some of my notes from Jonny's Viz Notes session at Refresh Philly

Livia hosting a session on design games.

45th floor had an amazing art collection. Not that this photograph could tell you much about that, but still.

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


A group from CIM before the meeting.



From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


CIM's video team sets up the camera for the live stream.



The view South of the Comcast Center, from the 45th floor window.

From the first meeting of Refresh Philly


Arpit giving Alex a moc talking to (photo by Alex)

Johnny Bilotta spoke of the importance of design and development working together. Used their latest release, Multiplex as an example.

Group working on a concept based on using data from

My 12th photo for 2009/365, taken on the R2 just before leaving Warminster Train Station on my way to January's RefreshPhilly meeting.

Audience participation during MiND's talk.

Discussion about using our collective talent to solve problems and "refresh" Philadelphia.

January 2009, our first meeting

January 2009, our first meeting

The CTO of Muxtape came in to talk tech and the realities of working on the relaunch of the service.

Jonny Goldstein demonstrating how to take visual notes.