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

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Friday
Jan292016

2015 Year-end review by Kara Benz

This excellent year-end review is from Kara Benz

She wrote:

Hi Mike! I was so excited after reading your blog post over on bulletjournal.com. I have always been curious about sketchnoting but never really thought I had "what it takes". I'm happy to report that I finally broke through the "I can't do that" barrier and completed my first sketchnote in my Bullet Journal. I used some of the prompts from Lisa Jacobs' "Your Best Year 2016" workbook to conduct a year-end review for my blog. I am in love with the results and so thankful to you for getting my out of my comfort zone :)

So inspiring, Kara!

Thanks for sharing!

- Mauro

Wednesday
Jan272016

Sql Server in a Sketchnote: Matt Penny

Interesting mashup between IT and Sketchnote by Matt Penny

He wrote:

This is a sketchnote of a really fun talk about a fairly technical subject - the ways in which the Sqlserver software retrieves data. Brent's talk covered a lot of ground, but I *think* I got down the points that were most relevant to me. Brent and his team run regular webcasts at http://www.brentozar.com/first-aid/events/. Highly recommended!

Being an IT guy, I love this sketchnote!

Well done Matt!

- Mauro

Monday
Jan252016

Sketchnoters' Stories - "Sketchnoting and Scientific Topics": Rob Dimeo

Today we are happy to feature our friend, scientist and physicist Rob Dimeo.

Enjoy!


Sketchnoting and Scientific Topics

I started sketchnoting about two years ago. My original reason to do it was to better understand current research topics in differentscientific areas, mainly physics and materials science. I work at a multidisciplinary research facility and it’s important to me that I understand research areas beyond my own expertise. I’m a physicist by training but in my job I need a broad view of the research carried out at our facility.

Perhaps the biggest opportunity for learning about the latest science is through the many scientific seminars we host. In the past, I took notes during these seminars, but I rarely looked at them. No that’s not accurate. I NEVER looked at them. So I specifically looked for a way to improve my notes to improve my understanding and to better retain information. When I searched the web I quickly found that visual notetaking and sketchnotes “were a thing.” What appealed to me the most about seeing the wonderful sketchnotes that had been published on the web was that these were documents that engaged me very quickly and were very informative. Each one was a billboard for learning. Quick. Appealing. Informative.

I read Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook, learned the method, and was inspired. I tried it and loved the practice. It wasn’t easy to do and I spent a great deal of time developing a workflow that worked for me. You can read about my workflow for making sketchnotes for science talks in much more detail here.

I’ve also made sketchnotes for things beyond scientific seminars. I’ve created numerous sketchnotes during live meetings (management, safety, leadership, etc.). I’ve made one-page sketchnotes on policy matters. I’ve even used sketchnotes to prepare myself for oral presentations. In every single case, sketchnotes have helped me to better grasp information and better retain it. The verbal-visual connection is extremely powerful and it is one that I unfortunately neglected until just two years ago.

As I built up my confidence, I shared my sketchnotes on social media (LinkedIn, Flickr, Twitter, and Instagram). I enjoyed receiving feedback and encouragement from the community and the other sketchnoters. There were very few people sketchnoting physical science topics but this has started to change. I’m really happy about that!

Making sketchnotes has had an impact far beyond what I originally intended. Though sketchnoting has certainly helped me to understand a more diverse set of technical topics, it has also had an effect on some of the people whose talks I’ve made sketchnotes. For example, I made a sketchnote of a paper that was published in Nature Communications and shared it with the main author of the paper. The paper was the culmination of her Ph.D. dissertation in Physics.Not long after I sent her the sketchnote, her husband contacted me via email and asked for permission to enlarge the digital sketchnote, print it and frame it and give it to her as a memory of her thesis work. This is perhaps the best compliment that I have ever received about any of my sketchnotes.

I sketchnote every day at work and it is now a natural part of my workflow in my job. I am not overstating it when I say that it has been transformational.

I really enjoy connecting with other sketchnoters so please feel free to contact me via:

Twitter: @Rob_Dimeo
Instagram: @Rob_Dimeo
Flickr: flickr.com/dimeophotos
LinkedIn: Robert Dimeo

 



Can't refrain myself to underline the term "transformational". 

...The induced or spontaneous change of one element into another by a nuclear process...

Oxford Dictionaries

In my words: Sketchnote is a powerful Game Changer!

Thank you Rob!

- Mauro

Saturday
Jan232016

Happy National Handwriting Day!

National Handwriting Day 2016

It's the day to express yourself. Happy National Handwriting Day 2016!

To participate, grab a pen and paper or notebook and write a message to share. It could be as simple as Happy National Handwriting Day! or a favorite handwritten quote - have fun!

Post your message on social media channel(s) tagged with #HandwritingDay and #Moleskine who is the sponsor of this great day.

To learn more, check out the National Handwriting Day page at Moleskine.

Friday
Jan222016

The One Click Armageddon presentation captured by Colin Harvill

Here is a sketchnote by Colin Harvill.

He wrote:

This is a sketchnote from a keynote I attended in Naples, FL. The presentation was called The One Click Armageddon: The Death of the Sales Professional in a Digital World. There were actually two people on stage, a presenter and someone walking us through the sketchnote process. Great presentation! Great opportunity to practice my new sketchnoting skill. 

Very interesting Colin!

- Mauro