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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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The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Laurens Bonnema

Today's guest is Laurens Bonnema

Rockstar Scribe & Sketchnote Handbook

Laurens's bio on Twitter say:

Agile Management Consultant, Agile Holland Co-Founder/Treasurer, Professional Enthusiast. Hand lettering, sketchnoting, graphic recording, podcasting, writing.

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

I discovered sketchnoting when I stumbled upon a post in my daily dose of RSS feeds. In that post, the author - can't remember who it was - described an awesome way to take notes that rather resembled the way I had been doing mind-maps wrong. I felt liberated: Now, I was no longer bad at mind-mapping, but apparently pretty good at sketchnoting!

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

As soon as I started sketchnoting, people around me took notice, and started asking me to teach them how to do it. I was amazed, and pleasantly surprised, as I'd expected at least some people to respond negatively to it. To date, no one has ever done so. In fact, everyone that has seen my sketchnotes, be it a colleague, client, or competitor, has complimented me on it, and asked me to show them some more. This has had a profound effect on my work. Now, I swirl my private passions for hand lettering, sketchnoting, graphic recording, podcasting, and writing into my day-job as an Agile Management Consultant. That allows me to maximize the awesome in my work. And that's fun!

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I prefer analogue sketchnotes, because I like the feel of pencil and pen on paper. That said, I did get me one of those iSketchnote thingemabobs to allow for easy digitization and animation. And I've written a short shell script to vectorize scans of my analogue sketchnotes.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Start sharing your work before you think it's awesome. You'll be amazed by the response!

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

I see a bright future for sketchnoting, graphic recording/facilitation, and visualization in general. More and more people are showing interest, both as a hobby and for professional purposes.

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

What I love about the Sketchnote Workbook is that it builds on the Handbook with lots of practical examples. But, I'm biased, because much to my surprise, Mike Rohde decided to include some of my drawings in it.


We thank you Laurens for sharing with us.

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Lightning Talk: Silence by Chris Powers

UPDATE: Apr, 08 2015 - Seems the video had a glitch! Chris is working to bring it back to us!

- Mauro



Lightning Talk: Silence by Chris Powers from Groupon Engineering on Vimeo.

I enjoyed this video from Chris Powers !

This is a 10 minute lightning talk I created about the value of silence. To accentuate my point and make it memorable, I did the entire presentation without saying a word. Instead, I used a series of sketchnotes with a document camera to communicate the content.

Well done, Chris!

- Mauro 





Sketchnoting Food: Matthew Midgley

These are just a couple of the amazing sketchnotes by Matthew Midgley.

He wrote:

I document all my meals out. Usually they are special times with family or friends. In this particular case we were staying at a rural lodge with a small bistro/cafe of home cooked food - delicious! This was my evening meal, just after we arrived. When the wooden platter arrived I quickly draw the outline of the food and filled in some of the main lines. Then I took photographs of the food to refer to later (I used to draw out the whole meal before eating but use photographs now for the sake of speed!) I only use ink (unpin) and then colour in with watercolour. I never use pencil in my records.

Be sure to see all Matthew works on his website.

Amazing, Matthew, thank you for sharing!

- Mauro



First Sketchnote: Craig Nevels

Here is the first sketchnote Craig Nevels.

He wrote:

I came across Sketchnote Army about a month ago and have been sketchnoting ever since. I find I remember my notes a lot easier and they are easy to understand when I go back and reference them.

A great first sketchnote Craig, keep going!

- Mauro





Data Viz Course Sketchnote: Jenny Cham

This sketchnote from Jenny Cham is the proof that Sketchnote is contagious!

 She wrote:

My colleague, Francis Rowland, is a sketchnoter, so I was inspired to try it after seeing his notebook. This sketchnote is from Tamara Munzner's course on data viz (see
I only really started sketchnoting myself after reading Mike's "Sketchnote Handbook" in Spring 2013 (which I read in a single evening with great interest!). Since then I have been sketchnoting at every suitable opportunity.

I now feel comfortable with my own 'style' of sketchnoting, which is often focussed on science, tech and pharmaceutical R&D-related topics. 

I think there's no better way to keep engaged and to enjoy attending seminars and meetings! 

Don't miss other Jenny's works on her Flickr gallery .

I like your style and use of colours Jenny!

- Mauro