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Friday
Apr052013

Sketchnotes on a Phone or Tablet from @goingmobo

Here's an interesting article from Jenz Johnson, on how he has adapted the idea of sketchnoting to using a phone or table to capture them.

Jenz writes:

Doing sketchnotes on a smartphone was easy. The tagging, typing and linking took all of five minutes, and was good review for me. This may not have the same feel or be the same experience as using paper and pen, but I found it to be an excellent way to take notes and visualize the talk in real-time.

Here are some sample digital sketchnotes by Jenz:

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Commentary from Mike

Personally, I've challenged myself to find a good way to use an iPad for sketchnoting this year. It is a little different and Jenz is right on that the stylus really makes a difference. My favorite are the Adonit Jot and Stylus Sock Pro.

Also, I need to adapt to the quantity of ideas per page. With a pocket Moleskine, I can fit quite a bit of information on a 2-page spread because of the control I have with a pen. With an iPad, unless I want to zoom in and out (which I want to avoid) it's a much lower detail per page because of the resolution.

I think my approach needs to change to capturing fewer ideas per page, instead of trying to map my pen and paper experience to the iPad — accepting the device for what it is. My friend Craighton Berman did this with his SXSW 2012 Sketchnotes and for Milan Design Week 2010 — I've always admired his approach:

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If you have feedback on your own digital sketchnoting process, let us know!