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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.

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First Sketchnotes: Sebastiana Magnotti


Here is Sebastiana Magnotti's first steps with sketchnote.

She write:

These are some of my first sketchnotes! Going back to school for an MBA and I was really bored with my old way of taking notes. This is soooo much more fun and helps me learn the concepts better!

Thanks for sharing with us Sebastiana, keep sketchnoting!


- Mauro


The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Francis Rowland

Today's guest is Francis Rowland

Francis's bio on Twitter say:

UX designer @emblebi; sketchnoter, aikidoka, family guy. Co-organiser of @camusability. Science, scones and data visualisation.

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

I think it was around 2009 or 2010, and I was already doodling in the notes I took at talks and in workshops. I was at a conference in London, though, where I happened to sit next to Eva-Lotta Lamm, and I was astounded by what she was doing. That really inspired me to try harder and do more, and from there it grew.

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

I use sketching a lot in my work as a UX designer, and simply the practice of regularly doing lots of sketchnoting has fed back into that in terms of fluidity and speed. Sketchnoting itself means that I really engage with what I'm hearing, and try to capture it, and to process it, too - I genuinely use my sketchnotes, so they have real value to me. Beyond that, though, I am invited to conferences and other events, both home and abroad, to make sketchnotes or to talk about making them. It's a privilege to go to new places, meet people, and learn from them. And hey, I've made lots of new friends, too!

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Always analogical. I like the feedback from the pens I use, and knowing which ones are going to work best. I like good quality paper. I like having tangible artifacts of the things I've made sketchnotes for, so that I can flick back through them and find things that I want to refer to. And I don't own a tablet device, so...

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

OK, something apart from "practice your handwriting"?! Well, for me, sketchnotes are about capturing, processing and sharing information, and I think it's worth aiming to be good at that, even before worrying about drawing and lettering - I'm not sure that qualifies as a secret tip but there you have it! The best sketchnotes I see are ones that I can read like a concentrated summary with pictures. So get feedback on your notes, and study other people's. Did you understand correctly? Are you communicating information well? Are they? Do you understand it? Do other people? Any critique you can get will help you refine what you do.

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

I think the subjects will change and expand, and I suspect there will be a lot more digital sketchnotes. There are some areas where there has been a LOT of sketchnoting and maybe people are going to get a little tired of it there, and we may see less of it. Conversely, though, there are areas where it is new and exciting, and those will bubble up in what people share online.


We thank you Francis for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:





Sir Ken Robinson TED talk capture: Jan Günther


This is the sketchnote Jan Günther captured.

He wrote:

This sketchnote was made during an incredible TED talk on creativity and education system. Sir Ken Robinson explained how school kills creativity and propose inspirational thoughts about the way to heal this problems.

Very good work Jan!

- Mauro






The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Veronica Erb

Today's guest is Veronica Erb

Designs, researches, illustrates, and writes code. Plays ukulele. Dances Balboa. Co-chair of #IAS15. Grew up in a geodesic dome, and hasn't gotten over it.

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

I've drawn since I was a kid, but not always as actively as I do now. Like most kids, I accepted what my teachers told me: that notes were best with words. After I declared an an art major at Grinnell College, I started drawing in the margins of my notes again. My notes didn't start looking like "sketchnotes" until later, after I met Binaebi Akah at Midwest UX in 2011. Later that year, I joined EightShapes, and realized that my visual thoughts didn't flow out of my pen as fluently as I would like. So, I remembered Binaebi's notetaking, and I decided to give it a whirl.

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

It's been a blast! I quickly warmed up to sketchnoting, got my thoughts flowing more fluently, and started teaching other people how to do it, too. Now there are times when my pen is better at communicating than my words.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

When I take sketchnotes, I always use a pen and paper. I do other kinds of drawings on iPad with a stylus, but I find that digital tools are just too fussy for the kind of speed and detail I like in my sketchnotes.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

It's a process. No matter how intimidating you find it now, you'll get better at sketchnoting with time. And, since you can sketchnote when you'd normally take in information, it doesn't take any extra time to build your skill in visual communication!

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

I hope that adults become comfortable with drawing again, shedding the thoughts of "I can't draw" that have been taught to them. And, I hope that adults learn to encourage the artistic tendencies of children. Abstract and realistic, verbal and visual, and everything in between—all kinds of communication have a place in our world.

We thank you Veronica for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:





Sketchnote capture of TED talk by psychologist Kelly McGonigal: Clare Willcocks



Check out this sketchnote captured by Clare Willcocks while watching a talk on TED by psychologist Kelly McGonigal.


Great work Clare!

  • Mike