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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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WWII Sketchnotes found by George Opreff

Here's a great find — sketchnotes from WWII found by George Opreff in Toronto, Canada. George writes about his discovery:

I am from Toronto, Ontario and as an architect of almost 30 years, I still know how to use a pencil on vellum. Ha!

Been taking notes for years in a less formal way but still managed to have fun with graphic and pictorial images.

Now to the point - yesterday, Sunday I visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton Ontario, about an hours drive from Toronto.

In the gallery part of the museum, away from all the historic airplanes, I happened upon a display case... the following photos are what was in the case. What is amazing the Date in the notebook is from 1940 !!

This is very cool, and goes to show that sketchnotes are something many people do, but just never had a name for. Thanks George for this amazing find!

A New Type of Presentation: SketchKeynote from Jurgen Appelo

Really cool development from Jurgen Appelo - his creation of what he calls SketchKeynotes.


Jurgen writes this in his post about SketchKeynotes:

  1. From now on, everything on my slides is hand-made. No textboxes, no line art, no Windows TrueType fonts. Only hand-drawn illustrations and hand-written texts.
  2. I make an exception for photos that I want to show, but the photos are integrated in the illustrations, being part of the overall structure.
  3. Multiple slides together form a complete sketchnote which visualizes one short “story”. The narrative builds up the sketchnote as if it is flowing over the page.
  4. The whole drawing is visible (but dimmed) right from the start, and yet the sketchnote becomes more visible as the narrative moves forward.
  5. While the story moves all over the sketchnote, only the part I’m talking about is highlighted in color and then reverts to black when I’m done.
  6. The entire presentation consists of many sketchnotes, which build up in a similar way. A one hour presentation can easily be 300 individual slides.
  7. That’s why I call this style sketchkeynote. It is a keynote made up from sketchnotes.

Love this!


UX Australia 2013 Sketchnotes by Ben Crothers - @bencrothers

Designing with details - Dan Saffer

Gorgeous sketchnote work by Ben Crothers from UX Australia 2013. Check out how Ben has formed his content into words throughout the series. Read the backstory at Ben's blog.

This fabulous exploration of shapes can be found in the full set on Flickr, forms and ideas - enjoy!


Draw more, together: Ole Qvist-Sørensen at TEDxCopenhagen 2012

Another great video from TEDx of Ole Qvist-Sørensen talking about visual thinking through drawing together.

So good! Thanks Ole!


Drawing in class: Rachel Smith at TEDxUFM

Here's a great presentation by Rachel Smith of The Grove on the value of sketchnoting and visual note-taking in class.

A few key quotes from Rachel:

When you use visual note-taking though, you have to listen to whats being said, you have to really hear it and you have to understand it. Because that's the only way you're going to come up with an image that connects what you're hearing, with what you already know in your mind."
Visual note taking opens the door for more playful connections between information — for students to use their imaginations, in an activity than can often be very passive — note-taking."

Watch it! This is most definitely worth 18 minutes of your time!