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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Thursday
Dec042014

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Ivan Seymus

Today's guest is Ivan Seymus

 

#Copywriter, #sketcher and #contentstrategist with a weak spot for #Provence.

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

Let me start with visual art. It's hard to say but I'll have to go back to when I was 13-14 years old and started drawing daily with a clear purpose: becoming an artist! While the others dropped their pencils and pens to become rockstars (a lot of my classmates bought guitars in those days), I did the contrary. I went to a local academy and started with intaglio and engraving. I never stopped since then. As for sketchnoting, that is a much more recent development and I didn't start thinking about it until I stumbled upon Mike Rohde's website.

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

The confrontation was devastating! As students at academies, thirty years ago, they made us believe a sketch was made in preparation of 'a finished piece'. Sad, because most of the time I thought the sketch was more interesting than what finally was hanging on the wall. And if we dared to stop in the sketching stage, it was not taken serious. It's the classic example of thinking about the product and not the process. Someone who didn't attend an academy will find this surprising maybe. I believe that sketchnoting can bring down that barrier for classic art students nowadays. Professionally sketching has always been with me and I like to describe it as my vehicle, a time machine, that takes me from one place to another. Moments of transition is where I feel the most comfortable. In contradiction to most people who are creatures of habit and fear change. They should sketch and doodle more!

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Both, but with a strong preference for analog. The pen moves as fast as my mind does. When I am translating what is in my head to paper I don't want to dive into menu's, filters or a sytem crash! I know, code is poetry, but I don't feel it that way. The sensory pleasure of a pencil, a William Mitchell or Guillot nib moving over the paper is fascinating. The sound, the smell, the thickness of ink and paint, it touches all my senses in a way a strike on a keyboard can't reproduce. But when we need to deliver and distribute all that we create, there are some pretty nifty tools and apps out there that drive us to discover new grounds and take our designs further. Hmmm, you see, that moment of transition between analog and digital is very fertile.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

There are no secrets about sketchnoting I think. That's what is great about it: no dogma's, no way of doing it properly, no referees! One thing that could come in handy sometimes, especially when you sketchnote professionally, is to try to put your sketch to many uses. See it as a content pillar, not as a single illustration that can be used only once. If you sketchnote your travels, food experiences, etc. you can bring in elements that make it a bit more universal. That pizza you ate on that square, it maybe had an interesting monument, it was hot for the time of year, etc. Connecting seemingly disparate things could render your sketch interesting for further uses you don't know of yet. Second tip: archive your notes properly with tags ;)

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

Our society is becoming more and more visual. At least that's what they've been saying for the last 20 years! I believe that sketchnoting is one small step for man, but one giant leap for mankind. ;)

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

I admire the way Mike has distilled the essence of sketchnoting while leaving open a path for everyone to explore it in his own way. You couldn't wish for a better guide.

 

We thank you Ivan for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:

Website: www.ivanseymus.com

Wednesday
Dec032014

Sketchnote like a PRO: Anne McColl

Here is one of the many sketchnotes Anne McColl took at Shop.org Online Merchandising Workshop .

Anne is a PRO and I reccomend to not miss the other sketchnotes on her blog post .

Very instructive and inspirig, Anne.

Thank you for sharing with us.

- Mauro 

Tuesday
Dec022014

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Joseph Casabona

Today's guest is Joseph Casabona

Joe's bio on Twitter say:

Front End Developer at @crowdfavorite. Author of Responsive Design with WordPress. All around nerd. I like cigars & play the drums

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

I heard about Mike's first book The Sketchnote Handbook, and incidentally got it for Christmas the year it came out.

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

I love doodling in my notes anyway, and would always draw in the margins. Now I'm taking better notes with great visual cues. It also helps me stay focused in more boring meetings ;-)

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

A little of both actually. I prefer analog because I love putting pen to page, but I did recently pick up Pencil by FiftyThree and use it with the Paper app. It works pretty nicely. If I had to choose, I'd say analog. I love pens and notebooks, and use the bullet journalling method. There's nothing quite like pen and paper!

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Do what's most comfortable to you! I used to compare myself to other sketchnoters, but realized: A- It doesn't matter as long as it makes sense to me, and B- I'm getting better over time.

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

I'll talk about doing my part for the workbook. Mike basically put out a tweet asking for volunteers and I jumped on; I loved The Sketchnotes Handbook and would have loved to be in the Workbook. He sent me the chapter to look over before getting to work. As a huge Yankee fan, I decided to do a Yankee game. As far as choosing how to sketch the game, I decided to take a box-score approach, summarizing each inning, making some note-worthy points, and highlighting some of my thoughts. The games are between 3 and 4 hours, so getting everything on 1 sheet was a challenge, but a lot of fun.

 

We thank you Joe for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:

Website: casabona.org

Monday
Dec012014

Tips for a visit to Paris: Nicole Verbree 

 

Nicole Verbree recap of her visit to Paris.

I like the use of colors and separators.

Her comment: 

I've been practising for a couple of weeks with doodles and sketchnotes. This one really showes my improvement! It's about our 4 days in Paris. There are some good restaurant tips in there! 

Thank you Nicole! We take goob note!

- Mauro

Friday
Nov282014

Sketchnote for Learning and Fun: Kristine Neckelmann

Here is one of the Kristine Neckelmann's works.

You can see other Krtistine works on her Tumblr blog .

She wrote:

 

I started 2012 with the sketchnote to understand what I wrote. Today I use it for everything and can not let go. I practice with TED talks and other talks or classes to which I go. 
I enjoy seeing other people sketchnotes to inspire and use all good with my style. 
I am one of the few Hispanic people utlizing the sketchnote as a method of learning and fun. I hope we are more and more who we use this excellent technique.

We all hope so, Kristine! Thank you for sharing with us!

- Mauro