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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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Sketchnoter's Stories you may like

ICOM New Zealand Conference, Hans-Martin Hinz talk capture: Mike Dickison

This sketchnote is part of Mike Dickison's project  100 Days Project where he made himself to draw something everyday.

Particularly, about this sketchnote, he wrote:

This was the keynote address to a museums conference in New Zealand—the speaker was a German professor, talking about how people from the then-German colony of Samoa performed in the German Exhibition, a bit like curiosities in a zoo. Then a Samoan speaker responded, producing photographs of her grandparents, just sent from Germany, who'd performed at the same Exhibition. It was a lovely moment and I'm glad I was there the catch it in a sketch.

So interestig, Mike, thanks for sharing with us!

- Mauro


The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Jessica Esch

Today's guest is Jessica Esch

Jessica's bio on Twitter say:

Content Strategist. Illustrator. @unitedwaygp LUbrarian. HSBARS. Filter.

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

I’m a sucker for books about rethinking how we work. I was floored by the artwork of Mike Rohde in Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. When I saw that Mike paired his notes with pictures, something clicked in my brain and, from that point on, I did too.

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

Complete game changer. Not only has sketchnoting improved my recall and attention, it has also made my notes appealing and accessible to others. I enjoy extending people's platforms beyond the spaces they speak and write.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog all the way until it's time to post. I'm crazy for the way a thin, black line forms on paper.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Keep going. The hyper-critical voice in my head harps on everything it thinks I’m missing when I sketchnote. But I’m not missing anything. I’m filtering. There’s great value in that.

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

The future is very bright.

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

The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club (Page 138) has the BEST popcorn. Come to Maine and give it a try. I'm also a big proponent of connecting my sketchnotes and illustrations to their source so they can be used to further their work and ideas. Mike highlighted one example of how I do this on Page 179 using my Margot Bloomstein sketchnote. Click here for more of my thoughts on how online interactions can affect offline relationships.

We thank you Jessica for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:


Website: Flickr


First Sketchnotes: Gaz Needle

Here is one of the first Gaz Needle's sketchnotes.

He wrote:

After being inspired by Mike Rohde's Sketchnote handbook, I had my first try at sketchnoting at some training for my job as a teacher. I was quite pleased with the end result considering it was my first attempt! I stuck to the linear format and listened for things that lent themselves to a picture in the key ideas talked about. 

Such a good start, Gaz!

- Mauro




The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Doug Neill

Today's guest is Doug Neill

Doug's bio on Twitter say:

Exploring the spectrum from verbal to visual.

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

I first came across the idea of visual note taking in late 2011 after seeing Sunni Brown's TED Talk. That talk is what really got me going in this field, but the exposure to concept maps while getting my teaching degree was an important precursor. Once the learner and teacher in me saw the benefits of purposeful doodling, I was hooked.

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

I feel like I have an entirely new tool that I can break out when the situation calls for it - whether I'm starting to learn something new or working through a problem that I've been struggling with. Getting ideas onto a page in some sort of visual form is the best way that I've found to not only understand those ideas but also to do something with them - to use them to do better work or to live a better life .

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I'm a pen and paper guy. That's where it always starts for me. Sometimes I'll then scan and digitize my sketches to edit or share them, but I've got to start with pen and paper - that's what makes my brain the most comfortable and the most open to new connections.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

You can go far with words and connectors alone. I've found that one of the biggest benefits of sketchnoting is getting away from lined paper and complete sentences. Instead try using a blank page to lay out the ideas in a way that shows their relationships to each other. You can always go back and add sketches later if you like, but don't be afraid to start with a simple concept map.

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

I think that as more and more people discover sketchnoting, its use will continue to expand into new contexts. As people see first-hand the benefits of capturing and sharing ideas in this visual way, it will gain a legitimacy and a status that it might still be lacking in some settings. Before too long the development of visual literacy will take its rightful place alongside the development of verbal literacy.

We thank you Doug for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:



First Sketchnote: Jim Reineke


As Jim say in his blog he is "new to sketchnote" and here is how he applyed is new technique.

He writes:

First note I am willing to share with others. Better organized than most of my notes. I created the frames from the meeting agenda which allowed to me focus more on the content of the meeting. 

Well done Jim, keep going!

- Mauro