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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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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 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 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:





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


The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Chris Shipton

Today's guest is Chris Shipton

Chris's bio on Twitter say:

Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator, draws stuff.. live!

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

I was introduced to 'visualisation' as used by ad agencies and the like by an old art college friend. Once I glimpsed this world I had to know more. I then discovered Graphic Recording and by extension Sketchnoting (not least via Sketchnote army).

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

Well I quit the day job and now do it full time, so in a pretty significantly major way. Now I go to events all over the UK & Europe drawing stuff. I have to pinch myself from time to time to check its really happening.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analogue. And it's not for lack of trying - I had a PC tablet with W8 developer preview to try out drawing. It was OK. I have tried every ipad app. I use a Wacom in my day to day for artworking. But if I need to actually draw something, nothing beats a pen and paper. Or even a 2b and paper.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

You don't have to get everything. It's impossible to get everything. Just get the stuff that makes sense to you. No one can hear and process everything that's said at a live event. Your head would explode.

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

I think the more the merrier when it comes to sketchnoting and the processes behind it. I always did it - I just didn't realise I was. It's catching on and business and academia are waking up to visualisation in all its forms...

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

The Sketchnote Workbook and the Handbook are great resources for getting into Sketchnoting. Mike has done an amazing job pulling this nascent form of creativity together. A legend.

We thank you Chris for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:



Sketchnoting in Reverse: Derek Graham



A sketchnote with an interesting story by Derek Graham 

He wrote:


This is the first sketchnote I did after reading Mike's book. I had to give a talk to a large group of people and wasn't thrilled about the alternatives of working without notes and forgetting or losing my place in pages of written notes. Using a sketchnote as a guide allowed me to relax and focus on the audiences needs. I have given the talk a number of times since then using the same technique.
On the blog post that goes with this picture, you can see the original photo and a later version I created after giving the talk a few times. 


Great story and sketchnote Derek!

- Mauro





Teaching on Forgiveness Sketchnote: Mitch Bolton

Done on iPad and Paper by Fiftythree, here is Mitch's  sketchnote.

I find this a great example of how sketchnote tecnique take advantange of digital devices power. Hierarchy, colors, typography, there is everything in it.

You can see other Mitch's works on his website

Thanks for sharing, Mitch!

- Mauro