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Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, and illustrator, living in Wisconsin.

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TEDxNaperville in Sketchnotes: Wesley E Douglas


This is only one of a series of Sketchnotes Wesley E Douglas captured at TEDxNaperville .

Here his comment:

At TEDx Naperville 2014, speaker Brian Willis takes us inside the mind of the typical police officer and offers some language adjustments for law enforcement officials to build a positive relationship with the community. I sketched this on an 8.5" x 11" spiral pad on a clipboard with a Sharpie fine point marker and a red Pentel Sign Pen, limiting myself to the red and black of the TED Talks brand. In the speed at which TED Talks exist, limiting the color pallete with just enough for emphasis seems to work the best for me.

I suggest to see all of the Sketchnotes he took on his Flickr Photostream .

I'm particularly impressed by the consistency of the typefaces across all Sketchnotes and the wise use of separators.

Thank you for sharing Wesley!

- Mauro





The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Boon Chew

Today's guest is Boon Chew

Boon's bio on Twitter say:

Past 30. IA/IxD @ Sapientnitro, IxDA board director, Sketchnoter. Has a brain in his stomach.

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

I've been doodling since a very young age, from drawing my own comic books, funky letters and sketching portraits of people I've met. I stopped doing anything visual for a long time until I came across Eva Lotta-Lamm's sketchnoting workshop, and it all came back. I've been sketchnoting ever since.

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

Sketchnoting has become part of my identity now, especially when I attend events and conferences, people recognise me from my sketchnotes. The value I gain from it comes down to four reasons: 1. my notes have become keepsakes rather than throwaways 2. my notes extend my ability to recall information and past experiences 3. my visual communication skills improve over time 4. my notes are amazing ways to socialise learning and are great conversation material

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

There's something about physically making notes that you can't reproduce on digital. I've tried using an iPad to sketchnote and it lacks control and refinement. However, I believe that digitizing your notes once done is really important as it's good to share what you've done and have a record of it virtually.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Sketchnoting is really a form of active listening in a visual way, which is an art form in and of itself. Active listening is a communication method whereby the listener feeds back to the speaker by paraphrasing what they've heard in their own words, and thus building understanding between two parties. Without listening and understanding, sketchnoting devolves into mindless doodling.

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

I forsee a lot of people reframing the idea of note-taking when they realise what sketchnoting really is and give it a go. Once the barriers have come down that sketching is really about thinking and communication and not about art, we'll be much better off as we'll be communicating with each other more effectively.


We thank you Boon for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:



Seth Godin lecture at Tradecraft Capture: Lexi Hradisky


An interesting sketchnote captured from Seth Godin lecture at Tradecraft by Lexi Hradisky .

She wrote:

I think my brain is still absorbing Seth's knowledge-drop -- luckily I have my sketchnote to jog my memory and allow me to keep thinking on all this awesome stuff! There was some collateral damage: by the end of the note, I had black and red pen marks across my right forearm. 

Those interstitial blue notes are very cool!

Great work, Lexi!

- Mauro







Ketones Sketchnote: Gabriella Lopez

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Here is Gabriella Lopez sketchnote about Ketones.

She wrote:

Still a total noob at the sketchnoting thing, but I'm loving it! I've shown my notes to my classmates and professor, and they not only have enjoyed them thoroughly, but some have said seeing the concepts in this way has helped them understand the material better. It's definitely helped me! So don't be afraid to show off your notes! You might help someone <3

Completely agree with you Gabriella: always show your works!

Thanks for sharing with us.

- Mauro




The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Derek Graham

Today's guest is Derek Graham

Derek's bio on Twitter say:

Husband of @allygraham2, Father-of-3 and a tiny border terrier, Scrum Practitioner, Agile and Testing Evangelist. Occasional Sketchnoter

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

I first found out about a form of it from a blog post by Austin Kleon. He was describing taking visual notes for books we was reading. Later, Amazon suggested Mike Rohde's book to me as being similar to Austin's "Steal like an Artist".

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

My notetaking up to this point had always been purely linear and I found I often had trouble remembering the context or recreating the sense of the notes after a couple of weeks or even days. So notes were effectively write only for me and seemed useless. Visual notetaking was a much better fit for my learning style and I found I was able to remember content much more easily without even looking at the notes.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog, always. I enjoy the feel of paper and pen and don't get the same feedback from a digital device. I do use my phone to tweet sketchnotes as I do them and batch up a few at a time to scan in and touch up before putting them on my blog.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Share them! You'll be amazed and delighted at the feedback. I'm a software developer and not a designer so I often feel under qualified to share my sketches when compared to many of the other people in the field. People like Mike Rohde and Jeannel King were kind enough to encourage me to share my fledgling attempts. Every time I have been courageous enough to share I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of positive response so it gets easier for me over time.

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

I think it's a very rewarding thing for individuals to practice but as we learn more about how the brain works and how people best learn and recall information, I think it will become a mainstream technique taught in schools.

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

I was really excited when I heard that Mike was doing a second book but I never expected to be in it. It's really nice to see it expanding into other areas of people's lives and finding wider uses.


We thank you Derek for sharing with us.

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