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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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Sketchnoters' Stories - Combining 2 passions: Sketchnote and Wine by Diana Meier-Soriat

Today's story is from Diana Meier-Soriat about how she combined her two passions.


2 in 1 – Combining two passions: Sketchnotes & Wine

When you can combine two passions, that’s when the good stuff happens, isn’t it? For me, my heart is in doodling and my heart is in drinking wine...

I started creating sketchnotes approximately one year ago. I became addicted to it and I can’t stop!

Working as Social Media Manager in the Wine Import Company Ludwig von Kapff in Germany I soon started to combine my love of wine with my love of sketchnotes.

I started off with simple wine tasting results in my Moleskine book and soon started to do some little doodles in the margins. In my nice Moleskine Wine Journal , I fill in all the information as well as little drawings here and there.

My first serious project was a drawing for a wine label. The wine was a GrünerVeltliner from an Austrian Winery which was to be distributed exclusively in Germany. The Marketing Team had different ideas but not one that we all could agree was truly great. So what did we do? We decided to use the heart and soulof the winery itself: 3 men (the father and two sons) who create wines with passion and love.

The simple drawingon the label shows Leopold, the father, and his two sons. The title “3 Haberer” can be translated into „3 guys“. It should be mentioned that “3 Haberer” is the Austrian term for 3 guys, a translation that perhaps not all Germans would understand. But the simple drawn label as well as the word “3 Haberer”is a perfect example of sketchnoting. It consists of the sketch as well as the words. This is all that defines the label. The result? Everybody knows the meaning. I am very proud of this project. It’s so much fun to see people buying and - above all - drinking this wine.

You can tell that I’m passionate about wine - there are so many things that I can say about it. Once I did a very quick sketchnote about the basic types of wines. I don’t consider it to be very artful – in fact I just drew it in between doing many other things. So I was really surprized how many people on the web shared this work. Even the app paper53 featured the drawing!I felt very honoured.


After this success describing wines with sketchnotes, we started to augment (“pimp”!) the wine descriptions with little drawings next to the bottles. People really loved it. Now when we organize wine tastings, we often make little notebooks that people can browse while trying their wines. It is such a fun way to entertain them!

We used this combination also for a very nice recipe booklet, where we offered recipes paired with the wines. As a nice team event, we even cooked at home for each other and added nice wine descriptions. It was so much fun and the combination of food, wine and sketchnotes was great.  

Sometimes I’m afraid that my work could be seen as a bit childish. But so far the response is quite the opposite. People are really happy about having something different and unique like the sketchnotes. We see this again and again.

We are all "visuals". We love things made visual.

- Diana


Such a lovely story, Diana!

Thank you for sharing with us!

- Mauro


Sketchnoting DIY Projects: Sachin Maheshwari

DIY project 1

Here a sketchnoted project by Sachin Maheshwari.

He wrote:

Playing table tennis is one of my favorite past time. So i thought of making a unique scoreboard to keep the score. Came up with this design, and got the entire process sketched. It was fun. Used a fine tip permanent marker and sketchbook to sketch.

Well done Sachin!

- Mauro



First Sketchnote: Cathy Kennedy

We are happy to feature Cathy Kennedy's first sketchnote!

She wrote:

Initially intimidated and embarrassed at my lack of confidence and skill, whilst in the same session as someone who clearly had oodles of expertise and experience!  Then as I started to relax, it started to flow a bit more freely and I actually found myself enjoying it.  Now I’ve picked up a few hints and tips (THANK YOU! to Chris Spalton) I’m looking forward to the next opportunity :-)

An amazing start Cathy, keep going!

- Mauro



Sketchnoters' Stories - Sketchnoting at Work: Marc Bourguignon

Today we inaugurate a new SketchnoteArmy series called:

Sketchnoters' Stories

It is a collection of post written by sketchnoters about sketchnote and their experiences, sharing ideas, feelings, passions and, why not, fears.

First story of this series is from our friend Marc Bourguignon and his path to introduce sketchnote in his workplace.



While searching for a new way to make efficient presentations and get rid of Power Point and its awful bullet lists, I found out a wonderful world full of opportunities : the VISUAL world. Like a novice, I read very quickly the books by Tony Buzan and Dan Roam. Then, I found out Sunni Brown and finally Mike Rohde with the sketchnoting!

I didn't start to sketchnote at work immediately, I made it little by little. My first step was to use mind maps and flow charts, particularly for project management. I used to check the pending issues thanks to mind maps and I could have an overall vision of the current situation. After that, flow charts helped me to make the different stakeholders understand each other and clarify their thoughts and ideas.

Out of work, I had a parallel visual life. With Claire Holgate and Caroline Chapple I was one of the founders of #todaysdoodle movement on Twitter. Thanks to this I met a fabulous community of doodlers and sketchnoters. The challenge I took part made me to practice on a daily basis. The big effort gave me more confidence.

After one full year of daily sketchnotes and other doodles, I started wondering if I couldn't make a step further and bring sketchnotes at work. At the meantime, I finished to read Sunni Brown's book the Doodle Revolution. And it was the turning point that encouraged me to become a real Infodoodler inside my company. My first idea was to improve my presentation introducing sketchnotes as a visual aid.

Today I can tell you I was very anxious to see how the attendees could welcome this kind of "act of bravery" even if it was my first try, I made it in front of a bunch of directors! I was not sure about the result. Fortunately for me, it went smoothly and was very welcome. Everyone are were amazed by this "eccentric new way" to catch the information. It This encouraged me to go further and spread out the use of sketchnotes at work in other ways.

To make a long story short, instead of explaining concepts with bullet lists and ppt, I made a specific sketchnote to show all the different uses I found, tested and validated at work. And every day, I imagine how to improve my techniques and I look for new cases of use. On a the other hand, more and more colleagues are interested in sketchnoting. As soon as I have the opportunity, I show and share my knowledge about it in order to spread out sketchnotes at work. My dream is that becomes viral and real tool to better communicate as natural as the use of Outlook or otherOffice Automation softwares .

I would like to invite you to follow me and start to sketchnote at work.

- Marc


This is a really good read, Marc!

Thank you for sharing with us.

- Mauro


Moleskine hack: Yousuf Azhar


Here is a nice and useful Moleskine hack by Yousuf Azhar

He wrote:

This is the tool I rely upon the most: a Gutted Moleskine with Index Cards (GMIC).

I use it for many types of sketchnotes:

1) Sketchnotes of weekly lectures that my teacher (Shaykh Husain Sattar) does in Chicago.
2) Sketchnotes to prepare for the talks I deliver before a Friday prayers.
3) Sketchnotes for my daily To-Do list.
4) General Sketchnotes when brainstorming.

I was very fortunate to meet Mike Rohde and attend one of his workshops. That gave me a lot of encouragement to do more sketchnoting, share them and teach others how to do them. 

You can find all details about the hack along with some of his sketchnote on his website .

Thank you for sharing, Yousuf!

- Mauro