Mike Rohde


Mike Rohde has a passion for simple and usable design solutions. That passion, along with his lifelong habit of recording concepts and ob­ser­vat­ions through sketching and doodling, inspired him to develop sketchnotes—a practical art that trans­lates simple and complex ideas into easily re­called bits of in­format­ion.

He applies his visualization skills in user ex­perience design, design thinking, and service design to solve problems and innovate new solutions.

Mike is the author of two bestselling books on sketchnoting concepts and practice: The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook.

In his illustration practice, Mike uses his unique draw­ing style to amplify and clarify ideas. His work has been featured in REWORK and REMOTE, two best-selling books by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, The $100 Startup, a best-selling book by Chris Guillebeau, and The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle.

Mike lives with his wife, Gail, and children, Nathan, Linnea, and Landon, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s an avid Green Bay Packers fan.