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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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Sketchnoter's Stories you may like

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






The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Jay Henriquez

Today's guest is Jay Henriquez

Jay's bio on Twitter say:

Just the average human with a slightly altered taste for music and art.

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

It's really funny,because my parents told me the first "toys"that I had when I was a baby, were crayons and paper.So I think I was destined to do creative stuff. My first encounter with making sketchnotes was during Startup Weekend Groningen 2013.We were working on SPLINTR, a booklet to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs by telling stories of successful entrepreneurs in a visual way...with sketchnotes!

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

It has changed everything I do creatively and visually.I used to draw and sketch a lot, but when you're working in the modern world, people expect a lot of digital work. Sketching/making sketchnotes sparked my fire once more and now I've been making sketchnotes for about a year and still love doing it. Everything I do now has the sketchy influence of making sketchnotes in it.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

My preference is analogical, because it has that sketchy feel to it like I call it, imperfectly perfect. I like my lines to be sketchy, that is for people to see it was created by a person and that everyone CAN do it too! But nowadays I'm also trying to bridge that gap between analogical and digital, to also evolve with technology but keeping that sketchy feel to it that I do by hand!

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

This one is pretty new to me, because I used to use pencil for the first step, use my markers/pens and erase the pencil lines. I've decided to stop using pencils as a challenge for myself and try a new way of two stepping it by using a light grey marker. I use Letraset Promarker's Ice Grey 1. After making your sketches with the grey marker it slightly fades away so you can trace it with your black markers or whatever colors you want to use! I find it to be real handy when scanning your sketchnotes, adjusting it digitally you won't see it in your final product and the sketchnote itself looks real cool with a shadowy effect to it.

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

I already see the sketchy influence that sketchnnote has on the market and in business and I expect more as a new year begins. People should see how this simple and effective way of communicating visually that we call sketchnotes works and how to stay creative to keep the motivation, inspiration and energy on high!

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

If The Sketchnote Handbook helped you out by introducing it sketchnotes into your life and inspired you to make sketchnotes, The Sketchnote Workbook will inspire you even more to apply it to almost anything you do in your daily life or in your business! You should really check it out!


We thank you Jay for sharing with us.

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