Chris Spalton shared these first sketchnotes with me and I'm really impressed with his first attempt! Loving the simplicity and use of color on these sketchnotes.
Chris commented on his first attempt in his email:
Just a day or so after getting your book I went to my first networking event and these were the notes I took from there, I actually made far rougher ones at the event but used them as a base to do these the next day."
What I've found great is that the messages really do stick in your mind more, I can look at those notes and remember exactly what was said, as I feel your brain engages more than simply writing line after line of notes that you'll never look at again. Sketchnoting actually makes you WANT to revisit them."
Knowing Chris did these as a 2-stage sketchnote, I'd love to see his first, rough draft notes. It's always fun for me to see how the process looks.
Thanks for sharing Chris - great work!
I love how Scott was able to boil this sketchnote down to a single page using 10 blocks — that's a cool way to challenge yourself when you sketchnote — set limitations.
I think Scott has also captured Austin well — super job on the portrait Scott!
From his post:
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Mobile UX Summit, put on by Environments for Humans and Rosenfeld Media. It featured a fantastic lineup of speakers, all focused on the nuances of designing for mobile experiences."
Thanks for sharing, Ben and Balsamiq! Be sure to see the full set!
Here's another great example of someone giving sketchnotes a go at a conference — in this case Caroline Winegeart.
Caroline writes in her blog post:
As Jason and I were sitting at the Florida Theatre yesterday morning for ConvergeFL, I realized that the only thing I had to take notes with was my sketchbook. So maybe it was that, or the fact I had already had a Starbucks DoubleShot before 9am (Yeah… I came to party) or maybe it was just that I’m finally gaining enough confidence to try these things I’ve always wanted to do, but I thought I’d give it a go. And surprisingly, I’m pretty proud of what came out of it."
I admit, they’re not quite as colorful and awesome as my sketchnote idols, but it’s a start. (I actually had to stop after three speakers because it was so mentally taxing to listen and think and draw and not let my overwhelming self-doubt take over the whole time. I give a lot of credit to artists that do that for entire conferences.)"
I love hearing Caroline's thoughts here — even her admission of needing to stop after 3 speakers. Sketchnoting is an involved thing, but I believe once Caroline does this again, she'll get better and better.
Caroline — wonderful work! Don't doubt yourself. You are doing great!