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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.

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Midori Traveler's Notebook SketchnoteArmy Review

Midori Travelers Notebook, unwrapped. Simple beauty.

Almost everyone here knows about Midori Traveler's Notebook. For those who don't here is a quick description.

Midori is a Japanese brand who produce top quality paper products and stationery since 1950. One of the most successfull products in their range is the Traveler's Notebook. The majority of the owners of this notebook simply call it Midori, and so do we.

Beloved by lots of sketchnoters and doodlers across the world, its concept is to be "a notebook to accompany the user on their every day journey through life." Its first appearence on the market was back in March 2006. Since then, Midori has been the notebook of choice for a huge number of people of all ages.

Midori is, in fact, "a system". It comes in 2 sizes: regular (H218mm x W130mm) and passport (H134mm x W105mm). The starter kit includes a cotton bag, a leather cover, a blank notebook and spare rubber band. As you can see on their website there is a whole range of accessories to customize your Midori.

And this is the secret of its success: customization! People at Midori ar very proud of this and they set a special section in their website where you can find tons of incredible hacks and inspirations.

Mauro's Experience.

First of all, the exact moment it land on you desk you realize almost instantly that it is something special. It's a pleasure to unpack it, savoring each one of those tiny details.

Midori Travelers Notebook just arrived this weekend. My #Midori traveler's notebook is arrived!!! cc @maccymacx @provence_dessinauteur @rohdesign


Then you start thinking how to customize it, how to make it yours. Here are a couple of pictures of a pen holder I created.


Sewing the elastic band - #Midori  hacks #Midori pen holder hack

And here a short timelapse video about how our friend Dr. Makayla Lewis hacked her Midori: 


Once you finish hacking, it's time to put your Midori to work. And this is where I encountered my challenge: I fell into the "this is so beautiful and I must only use it for something special" syndrome. 


Use it, love it, live it. The more you use it, the more beautiful it becomes. Finally I broke the ice and I fully enjoied the quality of Midori paper. I love the texture and even found it works very well with my Lamy Safari. My go-to pens for Midori are Sakura Micron 0.3 and 0.5 and Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint 0.5 . 

Design Thinking course notes on #Midori #todaysdoodle Few more hours to fix magic moments on my #Midori Requiem for a fantastic strudel #Midori #todaysdoodle Plose: my favorite water ever!

Ivan Seymus's Experience

And now I would like to introduce our friend Ivan Seymus. Here is a superb video about his Midori Traveler's Notebook.


Mike Rohde's Experience

Finally, here is a note from Sketchnote Army founder Mike Rohde about his experience with his Midori:

"When I first opened my Midori, I was impressed with the feel of the leather and the unique tall, narrow shape of the book. I wasn't sure how the Midori might fit into my workflow, so I decided to carry it along for a few months and experiment.

I used it for various things I might use another sketchbook for: taking notes in a meeting about a project, sketching ideas for a logo, exploring book illustration concepts and capturing sketchnotes from sermons. It was an interesting experience.

Sermon Sketchnote

The more I used the book, the more I appreciated the MD paper that's great for ink or pencil, the thick leather cover and simple elastic strap and that only looks more awesome the more use it gets. It's quirky in a very lovable way.

Logo Sketches

Through my experiment I've realized that the tall size isn't ideal for the way I work, and that the Passport size would be perfect for me, because it fits perfectly with the Hobonichi Techo logbook and its leather cover I've had made for it.

My advice with new books and pens: try them out and experiment! You'll never know how a tool will work in your life until you take an extended test drive.


Kopywriting webinar capture: Matt Sandrini

Here is a nice sketchnote by Matt Sandrini

He wrote>:

I started Sketchnoting in 2013, and the more I did it the more I wanted to know more about it. Recently, I mixed sketch noting and mind mapping, and it works great for me. I used to be the one taking sloppy notes at University, filling page after page and never looking back at them.
Now every time I have to brainstorm, I am learning something, or I want to clear my mind about a decision, I just sketchnote!
This one in particular was taken while I was listening to a webinar on kopywriting by Neville Medhora.

I like the radial structure and colors highlights!

- Mauro


Cartoons and Sketchnote: Chris Lysy

We are happy to feature Chris Lysy's work.

He wrote:

Big thank you to Mike for sharing my cartoon on Twitter.

For the last several years I've drawn cartoons on concepts related to research and evaluation. Although my cartoons tend to be stand-alone, I follow a very similar process to the sketchnote one laid in Mike's book...

Don't miss Chris's blog for more cartoons.

Interesting approach, Chris!

- Mauro


re:publica 15 in Berlin: Tanja Wehr

Here is a sketchnote Tanja Wehr captured at  re:publica 15 in Berlin.

She wrote:

Hi Sketchnotearmy-Team,

my name is Tanja and I am a sketchnoter from Germany. I am following your page since ages but now I feel fine to submit a bit of my work as well.

The Sketchnotes are done during the re:publica 15 in Berlin.
The first is a little collection of more general observations and impressions I gathered while attending this great event and the second is the sketchnote of the inspiring talk of Johanna Frelin CEO of the year 2013 who talked about Self-Leadership.
I hope you like it. 

You can see the other sketchnote on her blog post.

We do love it, Tanja! 

- Mauro



Sketchnote about how the 3-fold promise of Family, Land and Savior spans 4000 years of Judeo-Christian history: Jim Halbert

5-19-2015 - Shechem Fulfilled UPDATED

Here is avery interesing sketchnote by jim Halbert .

He say:

This is an explanation (for teaching purposes) of the three fold promise of Family, Land and Savior given to Israel and how over 4000 years it has remained the same promise.

Fantastic use of arrows and containers to define the flow. Colours make it even more clear and important informations stand out.

Such a beautiful work Jim!

- mauro