I'm lucky enough to travel the world whilst running my remote UX design consultancy. Recently I saw Mike's beautiful travel sketchnotes from Amersterdam and thought this was a blummin' brilliant idea. What a perfect way to keep practicing sketchnoting whilst also recording each week of my fantastic adventure!Throughout the next 8 weeks I shall be creating sketchnote stories from here in Thailand and (hopefully) getting better as the weeks progress.
Here is what happened to Bobby Meeks
I am a UI Architect at AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis. This year we went to Total Customer Experience Summit 2014 and I sketchnoted the event - posting after each session. After the first day, I was approached to write an article for CMSWire - explaining sketchnoting and giving my impression of the keynote speakers.
And here is the article .
Well done, Bobby!
Today's guest is Umm Sultan
Umm's bio on Twitter say:
Muslim, Sketchnoter, Idea-Junkie, aspiring Mompreneur, Interested in Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century. Sharing things I find interesting & beneficial.
1. Tell us when you first met Sketchnote/Visual art
The infamous RSA Animate video of Sir Ken Robinson's speech on Changing Education Paradigms. At the time I first saw it I was in grad school studying how to create e-learning courses and I just thought that the whiteboard animation videos were such a great way to teach/deliver content that was engaging. I ended up discovering that there are a whole world of people who do this on a big scale (like graphic recorders), and small scale (like sketch noters). I was fortunate to take a course with Christina Merkley on Visual/Graphic Recording, and just started sketch noting to exercise my visual thinking muscles. At this point I haven't done much graphic recording at all but I'm addicted to sketchnotes!
2. How this impacted on your life/work/thinking?
I'd say one unexpected way it's impacted my life is that I started on my own visual thinking journey when my oldest son was only four. He's now seven, and really loves to draw and uses sketch notes (currently more pictures than words) to express ideas, retell stories and TV shows, and even sketchnotes his own version of lectures I'm listening to if he's in the room. I feel lucky that I became hip to the value of visual thinking early on before he started formal school so that I can be an advocate for him. For me personally sketch noting has helped me to listen more deeply. I used to listen to speeches/lectures while I was cooking, driving, etc. attempting to multitask and not giving my full attention. Now that I'm committed to taking and sharing my notes I'm forced to sit down and focus which has improved my own learning.
3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?
Currently, I'm an analog person. I usually take my notes on paper and then scan them into the computer. I would like to explore ways to take my notes and make them more "clickable" linking certain parts back to the original content, a relevant article or something like that.
4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!
When you are first starting out and you don't have a lot of images in your personal visual library The Noun Project, or clip art searches on Google Images will usually turn up some easy icons that you can draw. I also like looking at the ways other people in the Visual Thinking community represent certain concepts, if I see something I really like I'll screen shot it and put it in my Viz Library folder on Dropbox or Evernote.
5. What future do you foresee for Sketchnote/Visual Arts?
I would love to see that eventually taking sketchnotes as just normal, where there's no need to justify it to your teacher or your boss, people just get it.
Bonus. The Sketchnote Workbook: can you tell us something about it?
I really love the diversity in both books and that Mike isn't saying "You HAVE to do sketchnotes my way!" I appreciate that the Sketchnote Workbook really opened up a world of possibilities so that even those of us who have been using sketchnoting, are able to apply it in new ways.
We thank you Umm for sharing with us.
You can find more about her and her works on:
Dina is a Cellular and Molecular Biology major at the University of South Florida and here is a quote from her blog: "I have learned a lot about using visuals as a tool to help me study better, and I know I’ll continue to learn more and more as I go along."
She also wrote us:
This was my first time sketchnoting for my cell metabolism class. These notes are from my professor's slides. I had a lot of fun drawing the little enzymes! I was worried at first about how much time this took, but I think I'll get faster with more practice. Never going back to boring notes again!
So happy to hear this, Dina!