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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.

Binaebi Akah, curator: Sr. UX Designer, sketchnoter, author, living in Ohio.

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Wednesday
Feb042015

Sketchnoted Sermon: Pastor Mitch Estep

Here is Pastor Mitch Estep's sketchnoted sermon.

He wrote:

This is my sketch sermon. It is a little more "formal" than what you usually feature or present, i think. This was my first sermon I preached using a sketch method. I have been reading everything I can on the blog and practicing and hope my "form" and understandability will increase.

Thank you for helping visual active people like me and giving voice and functionality to creativity.

Thank you to you Mitch! Keep going!

- Mauro

 

 

Tuesday
Feb032015

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Julie Stitt

Today's guest is Julie Stitt

Julies's bio on Twitter say:

Organizational cartographer. Facilitator. Leadership coach. (Views are my own. The typos belong to someone else.)

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

My own journey to sketchnoting started long before I knew there was a word to describe my little doodles and the visual way I noted ideas during meetings. After taking formal training in graphic facilitation, I knew that I would have to practice regularly to keep up my skills. Since it was rarely possible to hang a 4’ by 8’ sheet of paper on the wall during a meeting for me to do full charts, I decided to make ‘little graphic recordings’ on letter-sized paper. For over two years, I made a visual recording of every learning event, workshop and seminar I attended – sometimes working in a sketchbook with art pens but, more often, on lined foolscap with whatever pencil or pen was handy. It wasn’t until I read Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook that I even realized that what I was doing had a name. That was three years ago and I haven't looked back.

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

After years of using sketchnoting and graphic facilitation in my work as an internal consultant, when I started my own firm it seemed natural to build my practice at the intersection of organizational development, coaching, facilitation and visual thinking; I describe it as 'Organizational Cartography'. What I love about sketchnoting is that it forces me to distill concepts into clear, simple, discernible pictures. When I'm sketchnoting my own ideas, I'm forced to peel away the filler and focus on the essence. When I'm working with someone else's ideas, I have to concentrate first on understanding their core concepts and then bringing them to life through pictures. In both cases, the discipline of creating a picture that cements a concept is a powerful learning process for me. My visual work has also created an unintended benefit in my life; my children have embraced their own artistic and creative sides without reservation. Because they see me creating, they want to create too. We now have an art table loaded up with paints, sketchpads, brushes and art markers along side a little gallery wall that displays their creations.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog to begin and then Pixelmator for the (very many) fix-ups. I love the feel of a pen in my hand but I recently bought a Wacom Intuos and want to learn to record digitally.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

There are three things that I tell myself that might help others: 1) Less is more. My natural inclination is to include EVERYTHING, so this is hard for me but when I include only the essence, my sketchnotes are better. 2) I'm not Matisse and that's OK. My sketchnotes would be much lovelier if I'd stuck with art classes beyond ninth grade or had taken a graphic design course along the way. But I did other things and that's alright. I muddle through and have (mostly) stopped the useless and despair-producing comparisons with others. We all have our strengths. 3) This is one of those 'technical tips' that others seemed to know but I learned through trial and much error; if you struggle to keep the information on your pages straight, don't hesitate to pencil in faint lines on your page to guide you. Since my sketches are inclined to wander uphill, this helps keep me on the straight and (not so) narrow.

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

I suppose my opinion is quite biased since my work was featured, but I think this is wonderful book. Mike is a genius and the book is a wonderful companion to the Sketchnote Handbook. It is also a great way for people to understand the breadth of ways sketchnoting can be useful and get inspired to make their own sketchnotes.

 

We thank you Julie for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:

Website: www.juliestitt.com

Monday
Feb022015

TEDxCortland Sketchnote Capture: Michelle Cryan

Here is one of the sketchnoted captures Michelle Cryan did at TEDxCortland event on October 25, 2014.

Do not miss the whole series of 15 colorful sketchnotes on her Album .

A great work, Michelle!

- Mauro

 

Sunday
Feb012015

Sketchnoting Challenge: David Allen on Mac Power Users (February UPDATE)

Challenges

UPDATED February 1, 2015

We've received some feedback from readers that the timeframe is a little too short and the podcast episode is too long and varied.

We LOVE hearing your feedback, so we can make these challenges better. With the spirit of improvement in mind, we're updating the challenge.

First, we're extending the deadline for one more week. Second, we're choosing a specific, 3 minute portion of the podcast for you to sketchnote.

New Deadline: Sunday, February 15th

Sketchnote Section: 8:56-12:00

Thanks again for your feedback, and let's try this again. Most of all, have fun with your sketchnoting!

- Mike & Mauro

Participate in Sketchnoting Challenge for a chance to win one of these 2 prizes:

PRIZE 1: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 David Sparks' ebook (PDF) of your choice

PRIZE 2: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 The Sketchnote Workbook (PDF)

One of the things I am most proud of from The Sketchnote Workbook are the challenges included within the book. They push sketchnoters to try new things and explore and experiment, which is an important part of learning.

New Series: Sketchnoting Challenge

So, in that spirit, we are kicking off a series here on Sketchnote Army called Sketchnoting Challenge, where Mauro, Binaebi and I will challenge readers to sketchnote something and then submit work to be included in a follow-up post to show each contributor's perspective.

Sketchnoting a Podcast

Sketchnoting a podcast is a great way to practice your listening skills without the distraction of images. Plus, you can pause the podcast if you've missed anything.

Podcast Sketchnote

For this first challenge, we've decided to use an episode of Mac Power Users Podcast, created by my friends David Sparks and Katie Floyd with productivity guru, David Allen on his bestselling book Getting Things Done.

MPU Graphic David and Katie

David Sparks and  Katie Floyd - Photo courtesy Allison Sheridan

Details

For this challenge, we want you to listen to the MPU episode with David Allen between 8:56 and 12:00, then sketchnote the things that stand out to you from that section. Here's a link to the show:

219: Getting Things Done with David Allen

Remember to relax and focus on the things that stand out to you. The idea is not to capture every detail of the discussion, but to capture what is meaningful to you.

Once you've created a sketchnote, using any format or medium you like, submit it to us here at Sketchnote Army, so we can gather those into a single follow-up post.

Sketchnote Army Submission Link

You have 3 weeks, from January 26 to February 15 to submit your works.

After the deadline, we will take the submissions we've recevied to create a new post showing your work on Sketchnote Army and David and Katie will select the 2 Winners!

Future Challenges

As the year goes along, 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.

Most of all, have fun and be sure to share this challenge with friends. We would love to see a huge participation with tons of submissions to share.

Thanks and Happy New year!

- Mike, Mauro and Binaebi

Friday
Jan302015

Sketchnoting movies graphic organizer: Umm Sultan 

Here is Umm Sultan's 6 year-old son sketchnote recap of "UP" movie. 

Here is the story behind it:

 

My 6 year-old son happened to be looking over my shoulder as I was viewing Scott Torrance's note on why he picked "UP" for his feature in The Sketchnote Workbook. He immediately recognized the characters and wondered why an adult would be drawing pictures from a kids' movie. I got out our copy of The Sketchnote Workbook, and we went over Scott's sketch pointing out key points in the movie. He of course wanted to replicate the note, which you see here.  One thing I think is really cool about his version of the "UP" sketch note is that he made the words bird, and dog look like a bird and dog respectively. 
Our impromptu discussion about story structure motivated me to create a graphic organizer that we can use to sketchnote plots of other books or movies we watch together. The graphic organizer is based on the Someone (Character), Wanted (Goal), But (Problem), So (Resolution), Then (Conclusion) reading strategy. I added "what's the point" so there is somewhere to note the moral of the story. You can download the graphic organizer for free.  https://app.box.com/s/l7l14glxte9jsth5p790

 

Very interesting, thank you very much for sharing Umm!

- Mauro