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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.

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

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Sketchnoter's Stories you may like

Sketchnoting movies graphic organizer: Umm Sultan 

Here is Umm Sultan's 6 year-old son sketchnote recap of "UP" movie. 

Here is the story behind it:


My 6 year-old son happened to be looking over my shoulder as I was viewing Scott Torrance's note on why he picked "UP" for his feature in The Sketchnote Workbook. He immediately recognized the characters and wondered why an adult would be drawing pictures from a kids' movie. I got out our copy of The Sketchnote Workbook, and we went over Scott's sketch pointing out key points in the movie. He of course wanted to replicate the note, which you see here.  One thing I think is really cool about his version of the "UP" sketch note is that he made the words bird, and dog look like a bird and dog respectively. 
Our impromptu discussion about story structure motivated me to create a graphic organizer that we can use to sketchnote plots of other books or movies we watch together. The graphic organizer is based on the Someone (Character), Wanted (Goal), But (Problem), So (Resolution), Then (Conclusion) reading strategy. I added "what's the point" so there is somewhere to note the moral of the story. You can download the graphic organizer for free.


Very interesting, thank you very much for sharing Umm!

- Mauro






The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Don Pollit

Today's guest is Don Pollitt

Don's bio on Twitter say:

Tech Geek & GTD Devotee, Chess Player, Tennis Player, Fitness and Exercise Fanatic, Entrepreneur. Favorite Tools -GTD, Macbook Pro, iPad, Fitbit, and my Kindle.

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

I first met Sketchnote/Visual art on Youtube. I was looking at videos on different types of learning and note taking. I had been a user of mind mapping so I had been exposed to concepts that are similar to Sketchnoting. However, Sketchnoting is much more visual and creative.

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

Sketchnoting has basically supercharged my creative problem solving abilities. I state the problem using some of the Sketchnoting techniques and I let my mind possible create solutions. Sketchnoting allows me to represent some of solutions visually which creates nuances that provides me with insightful solutions.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I use a Moleskin and pen in my Sketchnoting sessions (analogical). After stating the problem and the solutions visually I scan the Sketchnote and put it in Evernote (digital). I frequently refer to them as a precursor to looking at a another problem using Sketchnoting techniques.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Many people are hampered by the fact that they are not artistic. I don't think of them as art. I am not concerned about how pretty my Sketchnotes look. I am satisfied if they yield the results that I am trying to achieve. Don't be concerned about how they look. Study and learn the techniques of Sketchnoting and you will be surprised at the results.

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

I see a future of sketchnoters using the techniques more in the digital arena. As tablet and smartphone technologies get better the ability to capture thoughts and ideas using sketchnoting will increase as well.

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

I really enjoyed being a contributor to the Sketchnote Workbook. It takes the techniques learned from the Sketchnote Handbook and raises them to another level. It basically expands the Sketchnote universe and provides users with examples of other innovative ways to use the techniques learned in the Sketchnote Handbook.


We thank you Don for sharing with us.


Sketchnote as a Visual help in meetings: Jan de Bruijn

Here is one of Jan de Bruijn's sketchnotes.

He wrote:

With this sketch I tried to explain in a meeting the goal of a change in our organisation (a political party with the rose as a symbol): employees ('vereniging') will be combined with campaign activities (posters with roses) in order to get stronger.

Also in this case I like the use of a limited colour palette to highlight details and informations hierarchy.

You can see more of his works on his website.

A good work Jan!

- Mauro






Service Design course by Jamin Hegeman sketchnote capture: Anna Iurchenko

Here the visual notes by Anna Iurchenko at the Service Design course by Jamin Hegeman from Adaptive Path

Great use of gray and yellow to highlights and flow.

Good work, Ana!

- Mauro


My-conography and #threethirtysketchquote by Amy Burvall


My-conography and threethirtysketchquote are a couple of projects by Amy Burvall .

She wrote about My-conography: 

I use a restricted palette of hot pinks and black, and tend to pull out soundbites, quotes, or metaphorical concepts rather than documenting an entire 

 and threethirtysketchquote: 

I started this because I'm a teacher and at 3:30 when students leave I need a little of what I like to call "D.E.A.D" time (Drop Everything and Draw). 

Really interesting, Amy!

- Mauro