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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

TEDxCortland Sketchnote Capture: Michelle Cryan

Here is one of the sketchnoted captures Michelle Cryan did at TEDxCortland event on October 25, 2014.

Do not miss the whole series of 15 colorful sketchnotes on her Album .

A great work, Michelle!

- Mauro



Sketchnoting Challenge: David Allen on Mac Power Users (February UPDATE)


UPDATED February 1, 2015

We've received some feedback from readers that the timeframe is a little too short and the podcast episode is too long and varied.

We LOVE hearing your feedback, so we can make these challenges better. With the spirit of improvement in mind, we're updating the challenge.

First, we're extending the deadline for one more week. Second, we're choosing a specific, 3 minute portion of the podcast for you to sketchnote.

New Deadline: Sunday, February 15th

Sketchnote Section: 8:56-12:00

Thanks again for your feedback, and let's try this again. Most of all, have fun with your sketchnoting!

- Mike & Mauro

Participate in Sketchnoting Challenge for a chance to win one of these 2 prizes:

PRIZE 1: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 David Sparks' ebook (PDF) of your choice

PRIZE 2: A 30min personal Skype call with the Sketchnote Guy Mike Rohde + 1 The Sketchnote Workbook (PDF)

One of the things I am most proud of from The Sketchnote Workbook are the challenges included within the book. They push sketchnoters to try new things and explore and experiment, which is an important part of learning.

New Series: Sketchnoting Challenge

So, in that spirit, we are kicking off a series here on Sketchnote Army called Sketchnoting Challenge, where Mauro, Binaebi and I will challenge readers to sketchnote something and then submit work to be included in a follow-up post to show each contributor's perspective.

Sketchnoting a Podcast

Sketchnoting a podcast is a great way to practice your listening skills without the distraction of images. Plus, you can pause the podcast if you've missed anything.

Podcast Sketchnote

For this first challenge, we've decided to use an episode of Mac Power Users Podcast, created by my friends David Sparks and Katie Floyd with productivity guru, David Allen on his bestselling book Getting Things Done.

MPU Graphic David and Katie

David Sparks and  Katie Floyd - Photo courtesy Allison Sheridan


For this challenge, we want you to listen to the MPU episode with David Allen between 8:56 and 12:00, then sketchnote the things that stand out to you from that section. Here's a link to the show:

219: Getting Things Done with David Allen

Remember to relax and focus on the things that stand out to you. The idea is not to capture every detail of the discussion, but to capture what is meaningful to you.

Once you've created a sketchnote, using any format or medium you like, submit it to us here at Sketchnote Army, so we can gather those into a single follow-up post.

Sketchnote Army Submission Link

You have 3 weeks, from January 26 to February 15 to submit your works.

After the deadline, we will take the submissions we've recevied to create a new post showing your work on Sketchnote Army and David and Katie will select the 2 Winners!

Future Challenges

As the year goes along, we will create new challenges for all of us to try out, exploring new areas where you can use sketchnoting to make your thinking visible and visual.

Most of all, have fun and be sure to share this challenge with friends. We would love to see a huge participation with tons of submissions to share.

Thanks and Happy New year!

- Mike, Mauro and Binaebi


Sketchnoting movies graphic organizer: Umm Sultan 

Here is Umm Sultan's 6 year-old son sketchnote recap of "UP" movie. 

Here is the story behind it:


My 6 year-old son happened to be looking over my shoulder as I was viewing Scott Torrance's note on why he picked "UP" for his feature in The Sketchnote Workbook. He immediately recognized the characters and wondered why an adult would be drawing pictures from a kids' movie. I got out our copy of The Sketchnote Workbook, and we went over Scott's sketch pointing out key points in the movie. He of course wanted to replicate the note, which you see here.  One thing I think is really cool about his version of the "UP" sketch note is that he made the words bird, and dog look like a bird and dog respectively. 
Our impromptu discussion about story structure motivated me to create a graphic organizer that we can use to sketchnote plots of other books or movies we watch together. The graphic organizer is based on the Someone (Character), Wanted (Goal), But (Problem), So (Resolution), Then (Conclusion) reading strategy. I added "what's the point" so there is somewhere to note the moral of the story. You can download the graphic organizer for free.


Very interesting, thank you very much for sharing Umm!

- Mauro






The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Don Pollit

Today's guest is Don Pollitt

Don's bio on Twitter say:

Tech Geek & GTD Devotee, Chess Player, Tennis Player, Fitness and Exercise Fanatic, Entrepreneur. Favorite Tools -GTD, Macbook Pro, iPad, Fitbit, and my Kindle.

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

I first met Sketchnote/Visual art on Youtube. I was looking at videos on different types of learning and note taking. I had been a user of mind mapping so I had been exposed to concepts that are similar to Sketchnoting. However, Sketchnoting is much more visual and creative.

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

Sketchnoting has basically supercharged my creative problem solving abilities. I state the problem using some of the Sketchnoting techniques and I let my mind possible create solutions. Sketchnoting allows me to represent some of solutions visually which creates nuances that provides me with insightful solutions.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I use a Moleskin and pen in my Sketchnoting sessions (analogical). After stating the problem and the solutions visually I scan the Sketchnote and put it in Evernote (digital). I frequently refer to them as a precursor to looking at a another problem using Sketchnoting techniques.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Many people are hampered by the fact that they are not artistic. I don't think of them as art. I am not concerned about how pretty my Sketchnotes look. I am satisfied if they yield the results that I am trying to achieve. Don't be concerned about how they look. Study and learn the techniques of Sketchnoting and you will be surprised at the results.

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

I see a future of sketchnoters using the techniques more in the digital arena. As tablet and smartphone technologies get better the ability to capture thoughts and ideas using sketchnoting will increase as well.

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

I really enjoyed being a contributor to the Sketchnote Workbook. It takes the techniques learned from the Sketchnote Handbook and raises them to another level. It basically expands the Sketchnote universe and provides users with examples of other innovative ways to use the techniques learned in the Sketchnote Handbook.


We thank you Don for sharing with us.


Sketchnote as a Visual help in meetings: Jan de Bruijn

Here is one of Jan de Bruijn's sketchnotes.

He wrote:

With this sketch I tried to explain in a meeting the goal of a change in our organisation (a political party with the rose as a symbol): employees ('vereniging') will be combined with campaign activities (posters with roses) in order to get stronger.

Also in this case I like the use of a limited colour palette to highlight details and informations hierarchy.

You can see more of his works on his website.

A good work Jan!

- Mauro