Sketchnote Army is dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world.

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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First Sketchnotes: Gaz Needle

Here is one of the first Gaz Needle's sketchnotes.

He wrote:

After being inspired by Mike Rohde's Sketchnote handbook, I had my first try at sketchnoting at some training for my job as a teacher. I was quite pleased with the end result considering it was my first attempt! I stuck to the linear format and listened for things that lent themselves to a picture in the key ideas talked about. 

Such a good start, Gaz!

- Mauro




The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Doug Neill

Today's guest is Doug Neill

Doug's bio on Twitter say:

Exploring the spectrum from verbal to visual.

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

I first came across the idea of visual note taking in late 2011 after seeing Sunni Brown's TED Talk. That talk is what really got me going in this field, but the exposure to concept maps while getting my teaching degree was an important precursor. Once the learner and teacher in me saw the benefits of purposeful doodling, I was hooked.

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

I feel like I have an entirely new tool that I can break out when the situation calls for it - whether I'm starting to learn something new or working through a problem that I've been struggling with. Getting ideas onto a page in some sort of visual form is the best way that I've found to not only understand those ideas but also to do something with them - to use them to do better work or to live a better life .

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I'm a pen and paper guy. That's where it always starts for me. Sometimes I'll then scan and digitize my sketches to edit or share them, but I've got to start with pen and paper - that's what makes my brain the most comfortable and the most open to new connections.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

You can go far with words and connectors alone. I've found that one of the biggest benefits of sketchnoting is getting away from lined paper and complete sentences. Instead try using a blank page to lay out the ideas in a way that shows their relationships to each other. You can always go back and add sketches later if you like, but don't be afraid to start with a simple concept map.

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

I think that as more and more people discover sketchnoting, its use will continue to expand into new contexts. As people see first-hand the benefits of capturing and sharing ideas in this visual way, it will gain a legitimacy and a status that it might still be lacking in some settings. Before too long the development of visual literacy will take its rightful place alongside the development of verbal literacy.

We thank you Doug for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:



First Sketchnote: Jim Reineke


As Jim say in his blog he is "new to sketchnote" and here is how he applyed is new technique.

He writes:

First note I am willing to share with others. Better organized than most of my notes. I created the frames from the meeting agenda which allowed to me focus more on the content of the meeting. 

Well done Jim, keep going!

- Mauro





Teresa Amabile's TED talk Sketchnote by Philippe Brasseur 


Here is Philippe's sketchnote he captured from Teresa Amabile talk at TEDxAtlanta.

Philippe discovered sketchnote last summer and is now using his new skills in his activity as creativity consultant, author & illustrator.

Good work Philippe!

- Mauro






The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Chris Spalton

Today's guest is Chris Spalton

Chris's bio on Twitter say:

Sketchnoter, UXer, Solution Builder and Underground Music fan. Now featured in the Sketchnote Workbook by @rohdesign, get yourself a copy :)

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

I've been scribbling since I could hold a pen, much to the disapproval of many teachers who didn't appreciate the hordes of zombies & monsters in my margins! In terms of actually discovering sketchnoting there was a time when I found myself doodling 'too much' (supposedly) in meetings at work, about a couple of years ago. I figured I had to be in these meetings and wanted to doodle, so maybe I could do 'Business doodles' and make notes that way. I really enjoyed the results and it made me notice I was retaining more information, so searched around the internet to see if anyone was doing anything similar. It was then I realised there was a whole 'movement' out there. I bought Mike Rohdes first Sketchnote Handbook and haven't looked back since!

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

I now try to apply visual notetaking & doodling in all aspects of my working life, as well continuing to draw as much as I can 'personally'. I found it makes things so much easier when trying to explain my ideas for projects to people, and really cuts through a lot of 'waffle' in discussions as a quick doodle can provide a single reference for everyone in the room to instantly relate to. In my personal life, as well as the obvious relaxation benefits, I've found that developing myself by doodling/sketching has really made me more aware of my surroundings and able to notice a lot more around me, little details on a walk, funny signs etc. It's definitely given me a new appreciation of the world and really helps fuel my creativity and ideas.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

99% of my sketchnotes are done on just pen & paper, this is just down to how natural it feels. Also it's like the difference between Vinyl Records and CD's, it just feels more 'real' and it's great to look through your collection of old sketchbooks! I also find that working digitally gives too much temptation to erase and re-do things, which can slow things down, especially when making notes live at a talk or conference. However, I do really like Paper by 53 on the IPad so still have a lot of fun with that, and of course digitally makes things easier to share in higher quality etc so both ways definitely have their benefits.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

I really think the best tip is to think of structure first, then concentrate on capturing the content around that. This is one area I still really need to practise this as I'm very much a 'Lets get Stuck in!' kind of person, but sometimes reach the end of a page and have to cram something in, or can't go back to put a key point in where it would connect with other ideas better. The times when I have spent just a few mins really considering the layout are the sketchnotes I'm most happy with so it's definiteyl worth taking the time to, still hard though with the excitement of a blank page and an interesting speaker in front of you!

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

I think we're in the very early days of a full blown 'Doodle Revolution' (thanks @sunnibrown!) as more and more people/communities/businesses realise the benefits Visual Thinking provides in such a wide range of topics from making messages more memorable, to aiding problem solving, to driving engagement. As you can see on Twitter the community grows everyday and more and more people are applying it at work or using it to help them in their personal lives, personally I'm really proud and honoured to be considered part of such a creative & inspiring group of people and am exciting to see it entice and engage more and more people moving forward - Viva la Revolution!

 Bonus. The Sketchnote Workbook: can you tell us something about it?

I just think that what Mike is doing with his books is something really special, the inclusivity of it all, and the gathering of such a wide variety of styles to draw inspiration and ideas from is great. The Workbook really expands on the 'basics' from the Handbook and I'm sure it'll prove to be a brilliant resource for Sketchnoters and doodlers for years to come.


We thank you Chris for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on: