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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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Sketchnoter's Stories you may like

Visual Library: Marco Hitschler @irrlicht

Here is a small portion of the fantastic work by Marco Hitschler.

He wrote:

"Dear Sketchnote Army.

Last days I have created this large visual library, which I want to share with you. The drawings are taken from my reality, cartoons and drawing books. In general I have learned 2 things. First, you need not so much symbols to create sketchnotes. Second, some images get their association with the context around and not with the drawing itself.

Move forward, Sketchnote Army.
Best Regards


Please, do not miss the whole Visual Library on Marco's website

Truly outstanding work, Marco!

- Mauro



Sketchnoter's Story: Elvia Vasconcelos @ElviaVasc 

We are happy to host a new Sketchnoter's Story by Elvia Vasconcelos .



What sketchnoting has done for me

I’ll start by giving the plot away by telling you that the coolest thing that has happened to me because of sketchnoting was meeting ๐ŸŽค Roisin Murphy ๐ŸŽค on her birthday last year.

If you don’t know who Roisin is, well… that’s what google is for. Now, go and dance it away. No wait, read this first.

๐Ÿ‘ธ Barbies and cheating - how it all started

“I am a ๐Ÿ’ช feminist but” (queue to listen to the guilty ๐Ÿ’ช feminist podcast), when I was a child I loved barbies so much I once gave a touching performance at a mall begging people to buy ‘her’ clothes because the winter was coming, she didn’t have anything to wear and she would frieze to death. And I sobbed dramatically ๐Ÿ˜ญ . My mother, mortified ๐Ÿ˜ณ, explained to the outraged people that I was talking about my doll, that btw had plenty of clothes to wear ๐Ÿ˜….

I was such a fan that I had a subscription to the ‘Barbie Club’ ๐Ÿ™… #NoRegretsThough. One month, there was a competition: send a drawing and you can win a doll.

I want a doll.
I need a doll.
I am going to win this.

The only problem was that at 6 I was rubbish at drawing. But, my sister Laura (the prodigy child ๐Ÿ™„ ) was incredible at it. So I convinced her to make a drawing for me. I had to persuade her that this was cheating for a good cause ---> my happiness and dire need ๐Ÿ˜œ. She made an A3 drawing (show off ๐Ÿ™„ ) and * we * won.

I was disappointed when I opened the post and received a ken instead of a barbie but as my other ken had a broken leg (oops) this was good news in the end. A month later this one had a broken leg too ๐Ÿ‘€ . Mmmm.

This was the first time I can remember thinking ‘this drawing thing is cool!’

Cigarettes, lipstick and crying - my visual practice

Fast forward to university, I found myself enduring 9 hours of life drawing a week. ๐Ÿ‘Ž This would have been torture enough had it not been made worse by the drawing teacher, whose reputation preceded her as being very rigid ๐Ÿ‘ฟ with her students . We got off on the wrong foot.

There was I, trying my best to draw the naked person in front of me, the teacher looking over my shoulder puffing silently until I hear a *No, No, No this is all wrong!* followed by taking the charcoal out of my hand to show me all the ways my drawing was a humongous piece of ๐Ÿ’ฉ.. T9 hours a week.

I was reduced to tears many times, though only once in front of the whole class #CryingInMyCar. After a year of humiliation, I had to retake this class again ๐Ÿ˜ง which was part of a 2 year long course = 3 years of this.

After those very intense 3 years, Maria Helena Redondo ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽจ has by far been the most important, inspiring and life changing teacher I have ever had in my life. Through her teachings I was able to find myself in drawing and this has been at the core of my creative practice ever since. Thank you Helena ๐Ÿ˜˜ .

To this day we keep in touch.

Having a voice - UX community

After I graduated and started working ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ’ป in digital, I became interested in the world ๐ŸŒ of UX. I attended all the afterwork local events, and got particularly engaged with the UXPA UK (User Experience Professional Association). They are a volunteer run association so I put myself forward to help.

When I went to meet Raj, who was leading the volunteer programme at the time, he suggested I did sketchnoting. ‘Yes, I can do that๐Ÿ‘Œ’ I said. On my way out I googled ‘sketchnoting examples’ ๐Ÿ˜…. My first ever โœ๏ธ sketchnoteโœ๏ธ took me agesโฐ.

I continued to develop my practice by attending all the UXPA and other Design related events I found interesting. I was surprised with the positive feedback coming from people both in person and on social media. I found that I could go to an event, not even speak to anyone and still be part of the conversation. Obviously the goal was to have real life conversations, but I felt that the sketchnoting was my way into conversations. It forced me to have a point of view and be vocal about it. It allowed me to be an active part of the UX community I followed.

As I grew more confident I started to be invited to attend conferences:

I approached Be Kaler about sketchnoting UCD2013. A last minute drop out in the speakers prompted Be to invite me to give my first ever conference talk and so I did, knees shaking + big smile. Thanks Be ๐Ÿค— After this I iterated that talk to an introductory course on sketchnotes, which I have delivered in both my workplaces ever since.

Soon my practice extended to scribing and filming my sketchnotes.

Meeting Roisin Murphy - the greatest thing ever

I was sitting down in the kitchen lamenting to my flatmates that Roisin Murphy was giving a talk in Soho but it was obviously sold out - everything in this city has to be booked with 6 months notice bla bla bla. They suggested I put myself forward to sketchnote it ๐Ÿค”. The next day I tweeted a little teaser to Soho House offering my sketchnoting services. And then Roisin retweeted me.

Followed by:

And some celebratory dancing:

And so I went, to sketchnote Roisin๐Ÿ’‍โ™€๏ธ on her birthday๐ŸŽ‚. The evening was about ๐Ÿ’ชfeminism๐Ÿ’ช and Pop Music. #DiedAndGoneToHeaven #ItWasInAChapel #NotReligiousButFromPortugal

Sketchnoting has brought me good things, I am grateful. I am looking forward to future (collaborations and) opportunities to publish my sketchnotes and to use them as an excuse to meet awesome people.

Ps: Follow me on Sketchnotes_are_awesome

Elvia Vasconcelos


This is super-awesome!

I enjoyed so much your story, Elvia!

Thank you for sharing with us.

- Mauro


TedX talk by Tomislav Perko captured by Pia Lorber

Un post condiviso da @pia.lorber in data: 3 Apr 2017 alle ore 07:44 PDT


Here is a work by Pia Lorber.

She wrote:

I took it during a Tedx Talk. Before i just sketchnoted in class but i wanted to practice a bit and this is the result.

 Excellent work, Pia. I love your clear style.

- Mauro


First Sketchnote: Alexander Tesler @alexandertesler


Today we are happy to feature a work by Alexander Tesler .

He wrote:

This is my first sketch. Many thanks to Mike Rohde for his book ""The Sketchnote Handbook "". It awaked my passion of visual thinking and writing.

Good work Alexander, keep going!

- Mauro


Professor Cyril Zipfel talk captured by Cirenia Arias @ScienceSketcher

Here is the first page of a huge sketchnote by Cirenia Arias

She captured the great talk of Professor Cyril Zipfel, in ITQB, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal.

You can see the whole 4 pages work here

Good job, Cirenia!

- Mauro