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Who is behind Sketchnote Army?

Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, and illustrator, living in Wisconsin.

Mauro Toselli, curator: IT Director, sketchnoter, author, living in Italy.

Binaebi Akah, curator: Sr. UX Designer, sketchnoter, author, living in Ohio.

How can I be showcased on Sketchnote Army?
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Sketchnoting Books: Jeff Sandquist

We are happy to feature an example of book's sketchnote by Jeff Sandquist

Here is his sketchnote of Greg McKeown's book Essentialism.

Jeff wrote:

Big takeaway - you can't do it all, so focus on the essential instead of everything.

Great tips, Jeff!

Thanks for sharing with us.

- Mauro



Sketchnoting Without Knowing: Heide Heiman

This is a Sketchnote by Heide Heiman : SwissArmy Knife is a great metaphor. 

She wrote:

I am a new teacher living in Northern British Columbia Canada. I went to a Professional Development Workshop on Kursweil and took these notes. I have Sketchnoted all through University not knowing that it was a thing until I read Mike Rohde's book last year. 

I particularly like the last part: sketchnoting without knowing it is a thing. 

This might deserve a thought or two and a Sketchnote, ah?

Thanks for sharing and for inspiration Heide! 

- Mauro


Custom Sketchnote Moleskine Re-Run 

Custom Sketchnote Moleskine Re-Run Questionnaire

I would love to create a limited re-run of 500 Sketchnote Sketchbooks with Moleskine. To do that, I need a list of people willing to pre-request one of these pocket sketchbooks.


  • Black Hardcover Pocket Moleskine Sketchbook
  • Dimensions: 3-1/2" x 5-1/2"
  • 80 pages of thick sketchbook paper
  • Custom silkscreened gray icons on the front cover
  • Custom paper wrapper
  • Custom imprinted sketchnoting tips on the inside front cover
  • Price: $15-20 plus delivery

Let us know if you would like one (or more) in the questionnaire:

Sketchnote Moleskine Re-Run Questionnaire

- Mike


The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Sam “Pub” Smith

Today's guest is Sam “Pub” Smith



Sam's bio on Twitter say:

tells long stories, writes short ones

1. Tell us when you first met Sketchnote/Visual art

My Dad's notebooks and sketchbooks have always been full of sketches and visual renderings of thoughts and ideas, and I can remember from a very early age handing in homework that tried to emulate his style

 2. How this impacted on your life/work/thinking?

Like my Dad I'm a very visual thinker but I also have to collaborate with lots of different roles in what I do day in, day out. Sometimes, when you're trying to explain something or at least communicate your thoughts, picking up a pen and sketching it out can often be the best way to do it - and to iterate on the fly. I'm well known at work for never starting a conversation without a pen in my hand (and for drawing on any available surface)

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Both. Why not? Analogue will always be my favourite, but there's no getting away from the fact that sometimes a bit of helpful editing in Photoshop can help you banish a slip of the pen here for a more polished product, and who doesn't like a bit of pretty?

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Any pen is better than no pen, and first pages of pristine sketchbooks are your enemy. Scribble on it, put a coffee stain on it, do something to break the perfect blank page and then you're off.

 5. What future do you foresee for Sketchnote/Visual Arts?

I'd love to see it taught (and accepted) in schools/education


We thank you Sam for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:

Website: Linkedin


Sketchnoting Challenge: David Allen on Mac Power Users : and the Winners are...



Congratulations to our winners: Marc Bourguignon and Monica Lopez!


Marc and Monica are our two winning sketchnotes selected by David Sparks and  Katie Floyd, hosts of Mac Power Users.

Both David and Katie loved the work from all of the participants, and because it was so good, had a hard time choosing. Way to go, Sketchnote Army soldiers! :-)

David and Katie

David Sparks and Katie Floyd - Photo courtesy Allison Sheridan

"Wow. They are all great."
- David
"They were all so good."
- Katie

Marc Bourguignon

Winner of PRIZE 1: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 David Sparks' ebook (PDF) of choice

Marc Bourguignon Sketchnote

Marc does a great job of establishing a clear flow in this sketchnote, starting with the 3 subjects of the podcast (David, Katie and David Allen), then using the lake of new age tech flowing into the stream of information. This central focus helps my eye move through his sketchnote and capture the ideas on the left and right.

I like the details Marc has used as well: noting the time we specified from the podcast, so someone else can listen as a reference, the green highlight that adds that touch of color to help draw my eye around the sketchnote, and of course the fun drawings around the sketchnote (key, overload guy, trash guy, brain and knife).

Monica Lopez

Winner of PRIZE 2: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 The Sketchnote Workbook (PDF)

Monica does a wonderful job on her sketchnote as well, with a simpler approach that shows fewer, bolder highlights in sections on the page that flow from top to bottom. Each section has an image and text combination, which I really like, and white space between each one.

Monica has also used the highlight marker effectively to accentuate the key ideas in her sketchnote, on both words and elements (like the brain and snake jumping out of an email illustrations). I love the scanability of Monica's sketchnote.

Honorable Mention

Derek Graham

Derek Graham Sketchnote

Derek's sketchnote: I love Derek's style, imagery and use of typography. Even though his sketchnote is all black and white, he does a fantastic job with shading and varied weights of his lines to create a kind of color with tonality. I also love the illustrations and the simple scanability of this sketchnote.

Melaine D'Cruze

Melaine D'Cruze Sketchnote

I like how this sketchnote has a clear structure to separate ideas, the icons for each section and color emphasis. A lighter, finer separator line for sections might be better than the heavy black line as an option, but I love the immediacy of her style.

Future Challenges

Our first Challenge is over. We hope you enjoyed it and had good fun. We will create new challenges for all of us to try out, exploring new areas where you can use sketchnoting to make your thinking visible and visual.

Please share your challenge ideas with us: we always love to hear from you!

See you soon and Happy Sketchnoting!

- Mike, Mauro and Binaebi