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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.

Steve Silbert, curator: Agile Coach, sketchnoter, author, living in Florida.

Binaebi Akah, alumni: Sr. UX Designer, sketchnoter, author, living in Ohio.

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Sketchnoter's Stories you may like

UX panel at General Assembly - Singapore: Jing Xin Yip

Here is a sketchnote by Jing Xin Yip .

She wrote:

Notes from a UX panel held at General Assembly Singapore.

Neat and essential.

Well done!

- Mauro




Creative Confidence Book Sketchnote: Nathan Dye

This is Nathan Dye's note from Creative Confidence book.

Here is his interesting story.

This sketch is from the book Creative Confidence. I highly recommend the book for anyone who wants to learn how to be more creative and innovative. I am enjoying many of the amazing stories in the book. One story was especially powerful so I decided to sketch some of my thoughts about the story.

Some quick background for those that have not read the book. This story deals with a design team that wanted to try and curb the tragic rate of infant deaths in India. The number of baby’s that die shortly after birth was staggering. The team assembled and initially thought the project would be easy. The most preventable cause of death was hypothermia…. Basically babies were not kept warm and died. The obvious solution was to build a less expensive incubator. That idea was smashed when one of the designers went to India and saw all of the incubators in a hospital were empty. He asked the doctors why that was and learned that most babies are born in rural areas and the mothers can’t / choose not to make the trip to the hospital or the babies die of hypothermia on the way to the hospital. This changed the nature of the problem and the ultimate solution. The ultimate product they created was very interesting.

What struck me most was how just Going through the 5Ws really helped open up a lot of options to pursue and where to place your focus on trying to solve the problem. From starting with the “WHO” you could focus on the Doctor, the mother or the baby. Each represented its own path and consequences for the final product that would be created. By looking at the “WHERE” you could focus on solving the problem at the hospital, the village, or the journey between the two. Identifying the problem in each place also drives how you would look to solve the ultimate problem. This sketch ultimately tried to capture my realize of the this. 


Thank you so much for sharing with us Nathan!

- Mauro


Sunni Brown's Book Doodle Revolution Recap by Lorraine Kasyan

Here is a nice sketchnote by Lorraine Kasyan

She wrote:


My practice of Sketchnoting over the last year and a half or so began with my admiration of some of my favorite notetakers on Twitter. At conference after conference the tweet stream held these great Images of thought captured and connectionsmade. I wanted to play too but did not know how. Then @wesfryer (Wesley Fryer) shared the Drawing in Class Ted Talk by @ninmah (Rachel Smith) and my whole process shifted. You see, at one point I had been that English teacher who made a point to stop the adventurous Doodle while 'serious thinking' was occurring. It felt awful to realize this! I decided that I wanted to learn this skill for the work that I do and for my own practice.

I set out on the iPad with 53 Paper and slowly tried to learn. First with my finger and then with a stylus gifted to me at ISTE in Philadelphia by the same Wes Fryer mentioned above. 

I enrolled in a writing class and decided that after I took my notes on paper I would encapsulate the thought and ideas in images that reminded me of the content. Those notes are linked on my website. Their style and sense is a bit different from the ones I practice in actual meetings in real time. They are a bit more whimsical. I like both approaches though and am slowly building shapes and symbols that can be used quickly in a variety of settings. You know, the iconic light bulb for example. Stop signs, trees, roads, birds...

The SketchNote here is done on the 53 Paper app with the Pencil. It is my attempt to begin condensing the Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown into chunks for learners. I need to speed up and also "listen harder" if I am really going to be effective in authentic settings. I also have to be able to present the pieces, parts, steps, and options to others if a true professional development can occur. The district where I work is moving towards 1:1 in the next three years. We now have computers in all 4, 5, and 6th graders hands! They are touch screen devices. I cannot wait to introduce this, to share the ease and importance of connecting intentional doodles to content. There are so many other benefits here as well. 

The Sketchnote also shows a Zentangle as that is another creative form that encourages thought by also reminding us that there are no mistakes! Somehow the two forms work nicely together to me and I can enhance my real-time SketchNotes after events by adding them. 

My favorite pen is the Pigma Micron 01 but I also use my fine point Sharpie and a few other favorites. Whatever is in your hand works. Start sketching!


This is so interesting!


Thank you for sharing with us, Lorraine!


- Mauro

History of the Chicago Flag: Joe Raschke

An interesting work and story by Joe Raschke .

He wrote:

Chicago is the great City! I always wondered about that the different elements on the flag stood for. I started sketch-noting a few weeks back on the Nation Handwriting day, and thought this would be an easier one to start with. After reading the Sketchnote Handbook I was inspired to get over my total lack of penmanship and artistic capabilities and have some self confidence, or is it humility?

It is the beginning of a journey for me, I have been doodling for a couple years trying to come up with a simple way for people to understand Cyber Security and how it applies to them as a way to build a set of Sketch notes.

I am a IT type and have had many roles in many firms over quite a few companies. In my current role I need to easily explain in not so technical terms what threats are lurking around us, and what we can do about it. Not an easy task. But I thought that one page sketches might go a long way.

I currently am using an iPad with the Notability App, using my fingers and a Musemee Notier V2 Precision Stylus. 

This is lovely, Joe!

Keep going and sharing with us.

- Mauro



Sketchnoting Graphic Design Class: Maura Rowell


Here a series of 3 sketchnotes by Maura Rowell .
She wrote:
I am a sophomore graphic design major at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. My professor, Janden Richards, is always emphasizing the importance of seeing everything as design. What better way to take notes for Graphic Design II? 
Agree, Maura! There is no better way.
- Mauro