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Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, and illustrator, living in Wisconsin.

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Tuesday
Feb102015

The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Derek Graham

Today's guest is Derek Graham

Derek's bio on Twitter say:

Husband of @allygraham2, Father-of-3 and a tiny border terrier, Scrum Practitioner, Agile and Testing Evangelist. Occasional Sketchnoter

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

I first found out about a form of it from a blog post by Austin Kleon. He was describing taking visual notes for books we was reading. Later, Amazon suggested Mike Rohde's book to me as being similar to Austin's "Steal like an Artist".

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

My notetaking up to this point had always been purely linear and I found I often had trouble remembering the context or recreating the sense of the notes after a couple of weeks or even days. So notes were effectively write only for me and seemed useless. Visual notetaking was a much better fit for my learning style and I found I was able to remember content much more easily without even looking at the notes.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog, always. I enjoy the feel of paper and pen and don't get the same feedback from a digital device. I do use my phone to tweet sketchnotes as I do them and batch up a few at a time to scan in and touch up before putting them on my blog.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Share them! You'll be amazed and delighted at the feedback. I'm a software developer and not a designer so I often feel under qualified to share my sketches when compared to many of the other people in the field. People like Mike Rohde and Jeannel King were kind enough to encourage me to share my fledgling attempts. Every time I have been courageous enough to share I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of positive response so it gets easier for me over time.

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

I think it's a very rewarding thing for individuals to practice but as we learn more about how the brain works and how people best learn and recall information, I think it will become a mainstream technique taught in schools.

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

I was really excited when I heard that Mike was doing a second book but I never expected to be in it. It's really nice to see it expanding into other areas of people's lives and finding wider uses.

 

We thank you Derek for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:

Website: deejaygraham.github.io

Monday
Feb092015

Schnelle Sonntags Sprudelbrotchen - a Sketchnoted Recipe: Jan Peifer

So happy to feature Jan Peifer's sketchnoted recipe!

He wrote:

This is a recipe for very quick sunday morning bread rolls. The sparkling water make them fluffy and tasty.

I like to sketch my recipes. It combines two of my favourite hobbies - sketching and cooking. I use my creative energy for the creation of new dishes and simultaneously for the process of creating a new drawing no one ever did before.

So cooking and sketching fits perfectly together! 

Yes Jan, cooking and sketchnote are best friends!

Great recipe!

- Mauro

 

 


Friday
Feb062015

2014 Dynamite Circle Conference Sketchnotes: Maggie Appleton

Here is one of Maggie Appleton's big set of 7 sketchnotes + extras from a full weekend of sketchnoting at the annual 2014 Dynamite Circle Conference for location-independent entrepreneurs.

I heartily suggest to see other Maggie's stunning sketchnotes on her Medium post .

You'll find, use of color, hierarchy, structure, hand drawn typography and much more in her works.

I'm so impressed Maggie!

Thank you very much for sharing with us!

- Mauro

Wednesday
Feb042015

Sketchnoted Sermon: Pastor Mitch Estep

Here is Pastor Mitch Estep's sketchnoted sermon.

He wrote:

This is my sketch sermon. It is a little more "formal" than what you usually feature or present, i think. This was my first sermon I preached using a sketch method. I have been reading everything I can on the blog and practicing and hope my "form" and understandability will increase.

Thank you for helping visual active people like me and giving voice and functionality to creativity.

Thank you to you Mitch! Keep going!

- Mauro

 

 

Tuesday
Feb032015

The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Julie Stitt

Today's guest is Julie Stitt

Julies's bio on Twitter say:

Organizational cartographer. Facilitator. Leadership coach. (Views are my own. The typos belong to someone else.)

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

My own journey to sketchnoting started long before I knew there was a word to describe my little doodles and the visual way I noted ideas during meetings. After taking formal training in graphic facilitation, I knew that I would have to practice regularly to keep up my skills. Since it was rarely possible to hang a 4’ by 8’ sheet of paper on the wall during a meeting for me to do full charts, I decided to make ‘little graphic recordings’ on letter-sized paper. For over two years, I made a visual recording of every learning event, workshop and seminar I attended – sometimes working in a sketchbook with art pens but, more often, on lined foolscap with whatever pencil or pen was handy. It wasn’t until I read Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook that I even realized that what I was doing had a name. That was three years ago and I haven't looked back.

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

After years of using sketchnoting and graphic facilitation in my work as an internal consultant, when I started my own firm it seemed natural to build my practice at the intersection of organizational development, coaching, facilitation and visual thinking; I describe it as 'Organizational Cartography'. What I love about sketchnoting is that it forces me to distill concepts into clear, simple, discernible pictures. When I'm sketchnoting my own ideas, I'm forced to peel away the filler and focus on the essence. When I'm working with someone else's ideas, I have to concentrate first on understanding their core concepts and then bringing them to life through pictures. In both cases, the discipline of creating a picture that cements a concept is a powerful learning process for me. My visual work has also created an unintended benefit in my life; my children have embraced their own artistic and creative sides without reservation. Because they see me creating, they want to create too. We now have an art table loaded up with paints, sketchpads, brushes and art markers along side a little gallery wall that displays their creations.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog to begin and then Pixelmator for the (very many) fix-ups. I love the feel of a pen in my hand but I recently bought a Wacom Intuos and want to learn to record digitally.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

There are three things that I tell myself that might help others: 1) Less is more. My natural inclination is to include EVERYTHING, so this is hard for me but when I include only the essence, my sketchnotes are better. 2) I'm not Matisse and that's OK. My sketchnotes would be much lovelier if I'd stuck with art classes beyond ninth grade or had taken a graphic design course along the way. But I did other things and that's alright. I muddle through and have (mostly) stopped the useless and despair-producing comparisons with others. We all have our strengths. 3) This is one of those 'technical tips' that others seemed to know but I learned through trial and much error; if you struggle to keep the information on your pages straight, don't hesitate to pencil in faint lines on your page to guide you. Since my sketches are inclined to wander uphill, this helps keep me on the straight and (not so) narrow.

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

I suppose my opinion is quite biased since my work was featured, but I think this is wonderful book. Mike is a genius and the book is a wonderful companion to the Sketchnote Handbook. It is also a great way for people to understand the breadth of ways sketchnoting can be useful and get inspired to make their own sketchnotes.

 

We thank you Julie for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:

Website: www.juliestitt.com

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