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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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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:

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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


Total Customer Experience Summit Sketchnote Capture: Bobby Meeks

 #tcxux in San Francisco 2014

Here is Bobby Meeks's Sketchnote he took at Total Customer Experience Summit.

You can find other sketchnotes in his Flickr Album .

Thank you for sharing with us Bobby!

- Mauro





TEDxNaperville in Sketchnotes: Wesley E Douglas


This is only one of a series of Sketchnotes Wesley E Douglas captured at TEDxNaperville .

Here his comment:

At TEDx Naperville 2014, speaker Brian Willis takes us inside the mind of the typical police officer and offers some language adjustments for law enforcement officials to build a positive relationship with the community. I sketched this on an 8.5" x 11" spiral pad on a clipboard with a Sharpie fine point marker and a red Pentel Sign Pen, limiting myself to the red and black of the TED Talks brand. In the speed at which TED Talks exist, limiting the color pallete with just enough for emphasis seems to work the best for me.

I suggest to see all of the Sketchnotes he took on his Flickr Photostream .

I'm particularly impressed by the consistency of the typefaces across all Sketchnotes and the wise use of separators.

Thank you for sharing Wesley!

- Mauro





The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Boon Chew

Today's guest is Boon Chew

Boon's bio on Twitter say:

Past 30. IA/IxD @ Sapientnitro, IxDA board director, Sketchnoter. Has a brain in his stomach.

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

I've been doodling since a very young age, from drawing my own comic books, funky letters and sketching portraits of people I've met. I stopped doing anything visual for a long time until I came across Eva Lotta-Lamm's sketchnoting workshop, and it all came back. I've been sketchnoting ever since.

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

Sketchnoting has become part of my identity now, especially when I attend events and conferences, people recognise me from my sketchnotes. The value I gain from it comes down to four reasons: 1. my notes have become keepsakes rather than throwaways 2. my notes extend my ability to recall information and past experiences 3. my visual communication skills improve over time 4. my notes are amazing ways to socialise learning and are great conversation material

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

There's something about physically making notes that you can't reproduce on digital. I've tried using an iPad to sketchnote and it lacks control and refinement. However, I believe that digitizing your notes once done is really important as it's good to share what you've done and have a record of it virtually.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Sketchnoting is really a form of active listening in a visual way, which is an art form in and of itself. Active listening is a communication method whereby the listener feeds back to the speaker by paraphrasing what they've heard in their own words, and thus building understanding between two parties. Without listening and understanding, sketchnoting devolves into mindless doodling.

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

I forsee a lot of people reframing the idea of note-taking when they realise what sketchnoting really is and give it a go. Once the barriers have come down that sketching is really about thinking and communication and not about art, we'll be much better off as we'll be communicating with each other more effectively.


We thank you Boon for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on: