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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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Sketchnoting Challenge iCONPrague 2015 - The Winners are...

Congratulations to our winners: Kristýna Šťastová, Jiri Platek and Melaine D'Cruze

Kristýna and Jiri attended the keynote and the workshop at iCON, here are their works:

Kristýna Šťastová

Winner of signed copy of the Czech edition of The Sketchnote Handbook. "I really love the bold lines Kristýna is using in her sketchnote. Looks like she had fun crafting it, which is what sketchnoting should be." - Mike

Jiri Platek

Winner of signed copy of the Czech edition of The Sketchnote Handbook. "Jiri captured a lot of great information in this sketchnote—I just love the detail he was able to capture. Check out that treehouse!" - Mike


Melaine D'Cruze

Winner of a 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde. "I love how Melaine is taking time to structure the analysis of this sketchnote—this is a great example of filtering the big ideas." - Mike


Melanie is a true participant of SketchnoteArmy contest, and also this time she took the opportunity to partecipate with one of her delightfully stuctured sketchnotes.

You can find other Melanie's works on her Flickr Album

We hope you all had good fun, we would like to create new challenges for all of us to try out  so please share your challenge ideas with us: we always love to hear from you!

See you soon and Happy Sketchnoting!

- Mike and Mauro



Sketchnoting (and Scientific Talks): an interesting article by Rob Dimeo 

Today we are happy to share a post form our good friend and sketchnoter Rob Dimeo .

He posted on his blog the story about how he discovered sketchnoting, the path he followed, and some valuable tips on how to prepare to make a sketchnote for a scientific seminar that was outside of his own expertise.

You can find here the original article "Sketchnoting (and Scientific Talks)" on his Tumblr blog Essentially Elastic.

Following, some quotes we find particularly interesting.

A Google search on notetaking eventually led me to sketchnoting and personal infodoodling. According to the Sketchnote Army website, “sketchnotes are purposeful doodling while listening to something interesting.” I was intrigued. 

These sketchnotes were becoming valuable references for me and the tool of sketchnoting was becoming increasingly important for me in organizational matters. It had become a natural part of my workflow.


It is a much different story when sketchnoting a scientific talk aimed at an expert audience.

Not to miss, his preparation technique for sketchnoting a Scientific Talk.

There are a few specific phases to my sketchnoting workflow, particularly for unfamiliar subjects that are far from my area of research expertise.

prepare for the talk ...

take sketchnotes during the talk ...

refine the notes after the talk ...

share my sketchnotes ...

These are just quotes, be sure to read the whole article here:  "Sketchnoting (and Scientific Talks)" .

Thank you Rob, great read!

- Mauro 


Visual New Years Resolution: François Michas 

These are François Michas's new year resolutions made visual.

François was inspired by our friend Doug Neil and his Verbal to Visual website

He wrote:

Sketchnote is helping me so much to unwind creativity, to connect the dots. You can get in touch with incredible people and get so much positive energy thanks to great authors like as Doug Neill who inspired this work

Good luck with your resolutions, François!

- Mauro






Teaching English language using Sketchnote Roger Dupuy.


Here some visuals by Roger Dupuy about his  "Bored of Boardcraft" talk.

Roger has also a nice visual vocabulary posted on his blog.

He wrote:

I'm a designer of English language teaching program that LOVES to sketchnote.

The link provided are samples of my 'work in progress' learning about visualizing ideas. I use paper and pen, but sometimes PAPER (by 53) on my iPad. I am a fan of MR's work.

I will be giving a talk called "Bored of Boardcraft" which is targeting language teachers who want to learn about how to teach using sketchnoting techniques at the TESOL international conference this March.

Here is a link to Bored of Boardcraft .

I'm sure your talk was a success!

Thanks for sharing with us Roger!

- Mauro


First Sketchnote: Scott Parker

Here is Scott Parker's the first attempt with sketchnote.

We wrote:

I am a Principal of a Middle School, we have been working on sketchnoting this year with our staff and with our students. This is my first attempt beyond my Five Basic Elements doodling.

This page represents a full-day inservice around making our thinking visible. Ha! How do you like that? The teacher who introduced me to sketchnoting saw my "leap" and asked me to post it here. I can say, without hesitation, that this page represents the first set of notes that I have taken in years that has any sort of lasting impact with me. I really focused on the big ideas, and see them immediately when looking at the page. No more searching for meaning; it's right there!

Thanks so much!

We thank you too for sharing Scott.

Well done, keep sketchnoting!

- Mauro