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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Veronica Erb

Today's guest is Veronica Erb

Designs, researches, illustrates, and writes code. Plays ukulele. Dances Balboa. Co-chair of #IAS15. Grew up in a geodesic dome, and hasn't gotten over it.

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

I've drawn since I was a kid, but not always as actively as I do now. Like most kids, I accepted what my teachers told me: that notes were best with words. After I declared an an art major at Grinnell College, I started drawing in the margins of my notes again. My notes didn't start looking like "sketchnotes" until later, after I met Binaebi Akah at Midwest UX in 2011. Later that year, I joined EightShapes, and realized that my visual thoughts didn't flow out of my pen as fluently as I would like. So, I remembered Binaebi's notetaking, and I decided to give it a whirl.

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

It's been a blast! I quickly warmed up to sketchnoting, got my thoughts flowing more fluently, and started teaching other people how to do it, too. Now there are times when my pen is better at communicating than my words.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

When I take sketchnotes, I always use a pen and paper. I do other kinds of drawings on iPad with a stylus, but I find that digital tools are just too fussy for the kind of speed and detail I like in my sketchnotes.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

It's a process. No matter how intimidating you find it now, you'll get better at sketchnoting with time. And, since you can sketchnote when you'd normally take in information, it doesn't take any extra time to build your skill in visual communication!

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

I hope that adults become comfortable with drawing again, shedding the thoughts of "I can't draw" that have been taught to them. And, I hope that adults learn to encourage the artistic tendencies of children. Abstract and realistic, verbal and visual, and everything in between—all kinds of communication have a place in our world.

We thank you Veronica for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:

Website: http://veronicaerb.com

 

 

Monday
Oct202014

Sketchnote capture of TED talk by psychologist Kelly McGonigal: Clare Willcocks

 

 

Check out this sketchnote captured by Clare Willcocks while watching a talk on TED by psychologist Kelly McGonigal.

 

Great work Clare!

  • Mike
Friday
Oct172014

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address: Kristine Neckelmann Abbot

 

 

Kristine Neckelmann Abbott has taken the challenge to sketchnote the famous Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address - in Spanish! Here is her interpretation.

Fabulous work Kristine!

  • Mike
Thursday
Oct162014

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Todd Clarke

Today's guest is Todd Clarke

Todd's bio on Twitter say:

Too much info out there. Bitesizing it down. Visually. Love lean.

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

I met the concept of visual art about three years ago...and started taking notes visually. I then came across sketch notes via Mike Rohde about two years ago. Someone gave me his book and I started giving my notes some form and fun with this non-ridig yet structured approach.

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

I take notes constantly using a sketch notes approach and have been invited to present small workshops to help others do the same. I publish most of my sketch notes on my site and love the visual yet communicative nature of site.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I do bot digital and analogical. I find myself going between the two approaches and love creating notes on my iPad mini using various programs like Sketchbook, 53 papers and iDraw to create a single piece of work. I often do the digital work after a meeting. I use my Moleskine pocket sized notebook for note realtime. I would like to draw better and am working on this often. However, my message, as is Mike's, is 'communication over art...no artistic experience required."

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

If you want to draw better, keep practicing by copying things on the web till you make it your own. I got this tip from Austin Kleon's book, Steal Like An Artist.

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

Just as with Infographics...drawing out your ideas will continue to boom into the upcoming years. It's almost silly that we have not figured this earlier...as why would we leave the 'visual freeway lane' left unused? Let's become full-wits by integrating visuals into all of our communications. 

 

We thank you Todd for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:

Website: http://getlit.me

 

 

Wednesday
Oct152014

First Sketchnotes: Samantha Hosea

 

Here are some first sketchnotes from Samantha Hosea.

She writes:

"This morning I did a workshop on sketchnoting by @micheleidesmith at a conference in Cambridge (#uxcam). My relationship with sketchnoting has always been a bit... let's say... complicated. I've always WANTED to sketchnote, and I've tried a couple of times, but it always felt... not quite right. It kinda made me feel self-conscious in a way.

And then this workshop happened. Michele was really good at boosting my confidence. So after the workshop I kept trying, and created two realtime sketchnotes from talks at the conference. I must say, I'm quite proud of myself :)

What I learned: that it's all about confidence. If you feel you'll suck at it, it'll feel like your sketchnotes suck. If, however, you permit yourself the slight possibility that something quite good will come out of your pen, that possibility is actually there.

I probably have a lot to learn, but as from today on, I'll consider myself someone who enjoys sketchnoting instead of dreading the attempt of one."

Awesome work Samantha! Thanks for the encouraging words!

 

- Mike