Sketchnote Army is dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world.

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, and lindy hopper, living in Ohio.

How can I be showcased on Sketchnote Army?
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General Chemistry for Visual Learners- 10 Concepts to Mastery: Vanessa Ralph

Really great and instructive sketchnote by Vanessa Ralph from her project General Chemistry for Visual Learners- 10 Concepts to Mastery

She wrote about it:

Students have changed over the last 5-10 years! Let's give them a chemistry textbook they can understand and provide them with true MASTERY of the subject.

How many people have you heard say "Uh, chemistry and I don't get each other, not my thing!". This is not the student's fault, let's help make this topic attainable for our students. Maybe someday they could, IDK cure cancer, design the latest iPhone innovation, or unlock the mysteries of the human brain! Connect with me (:

Let's get rid of today's GIGANTIC, EXPENSIVE, HEAVY, and teeny font/WORDY textbooks and give students this information in 200 pages or less!

"General Chemistry for Visual Learners- 10 Concepts to Mastery" is the creation of Vanessa, a pharmaceutical chemist and adjunct chemistry professor. Along with the help of Adam Ralph, Brand Manager, Next Generation Curriculum Design was founded in 2014 as a sole proprietorship. All Rights Reserved.


Congratulation for your Kickstarter Campaign, Vanessa!

- Mauro





Bay Bridge Lights sketchnote: Deb Aoki


Here is page 1 of 4 pages of sketchnotes  by Deb Aoki at a presentation by Ben Davis of Illuminate the Arts, the organization that created the Bay Bridge Lights in San Francisco

Dont' miss the other 3 pages:

Page 2Page 3Page 4

Really fascinating work, Deb!

- Mauro




The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Claire Holgate

Todays guest is Claire Holgate

Claire's bio on Twitter say:

Doodler, illustrator & cheerful generator-of-ideas. Graphic Recorder. #todaysdoodle-r. Blogger and geeky Wordpress fan. Mummy and daydreamer...

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

I've always doodled, flowers mostly... But in 2011 I discovered graphic recording and sketchnotes as a 'thing', did some training and started practising myself. I started in a small way, keeping a journal with me at all times and I drew my days, my thoughts, my shopping lists..... I suddenly had these amazing visual records to look back on - the visuals act as a brilliant memory jogger. I went freelance in October 2012 as a graphic recorder and an illustrator and have been enjoying the sketching ever since.

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

I find that drawing out my ideas helps to organise the information better and is far more visually engaging than plain text. I loved how drawing in this way improved my memory, my concentration and mostly supercharged my creativity. My listening skills are better than ever and I found that this extended into my everyday life... I notice more with my ears and my eyes - truly a gift, for which I am grateful every day.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Right now, I am a paper girl. I do drool over the smooth, graduated neatness of an iPad-drawn sketchnote but for me, I love the low-fi feeling of pen or pencil on paper. Having said that, I do scan most of my illustrations and tidy them up digitally. So I guess that makes me somewhere in between the two?!

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

A lot of my drawings are large scale and so I often find it tricky squeezing in all of the detail I want in a sketchnote. My tip is to stay calm, listen carefully and have faith that the information you capture is the perfect amount. After all, it is YOUR work and a visual record of what YOU heard.

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

I spend a lot of time encouraging others to grab a pen and just try it. I hope that more and more people will discover the benefits of drawing out their ideas. Now that sketchnoting is getting more coverage and the benefits are more widely understood, I hope that it will filter into the education system, so that people don't get to their teenage years, put down the pencils and crayons and start saying 'I can't draw'. Because as we know, everyone CAN draw.

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

I've long been a fan of Mike's work and his awesome Workbook is no exception. He has pulled together some great, inspiring works and I always find it fascinating to see everyone's different styles... There is no right or wrong, only encouragement. As always, there is much to learn and I can't wait to try out some of the tips and tricks myself. Thanks Mike!

We thank you Claire for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:



Designing Habit Forming Products: Hongyuan Jiang

Here is a capture by Hongyuan Jiang about a Design talk by Nir Eyal  on designing Habit Forming Products.
I like the icons and minimal use of words.
Thanks for sharing Hougyuan!
- Mauro

Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter Interviews

It's already been about 2 months since The Sketchnote Workbook has been released to the world. Those who got hands on a copy of the Workbook can say how many great sketchnoters are featured inside its pages.

For those interested in a peek here is the Twitter list:

Every Artist has a story, a unique style and point of view about sketchnoting.

We think these hidden treasures by the featured sketchnoters are worth discovering, so we've decided to ask each one of them 5 questions.

So, we are we happy to announce Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter Interviews which we will publish on a weekly basis (1 or 2 times a week) and will collect them all in a handy repository inside the Archive section .

This way the Sketchnote Army community can understand who is behind the richness of the published works and can get insights and tips from these talented people.

Do not miss the first interview with Claire Holgate scheduled for Oct, 2nd at 2.00pm CDT

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