The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Veronica Erb

Today's guest is Veronica Erb

Designs, researches, illustrates, and writes code. Plays ukulele. Dances Balboa. Co-chair of #IAS15. Grew up in a geodesic dome, and hasn't gotten over it.

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

I've drawn since I was a kid, but not always as actively as I do now. Like most kids, I accepted what my teachers told me: that notes were best with words. After I declared an an art major at Grinnell College, I started drawing in the margins of my notes again. My notes didn't start looking like "sketchnotes" until later, after I met Binaebi Akah at Midwest UX in 2011. Later that year, I joined EightShapes, and realized that my visual thoughts didn't flow out of my pen as fluently as I would like. So, I remembered Binaebi's notetaking, and I decided to give it a whirl.

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

It's been a blast! I quickly warmed up to sketchnoting, got my thoughts flowing more fluently, and started teaching other people how to do it, too. Now there are times when my pen is better at communicating than my words.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

When I take sketchnotes, I always use a pen and paper. I do other kinds of drawings on iPad with a stylus, but I find that digital tools are just too fussy for the kind of speed and detail I like in my sketchnotes.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

It's a process. No matter how intimidating you find it now, you'll get better at sketchnoting with time. And, since you can sketchnote when you'd normally take in information, it doesn't take any extra time to build your skill in visual communication!

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

I hope that adults become comfortable with drawing again, shedding the thoughts of "I can't draw" that have been taught to them. And, I hope that adults learn to encourage the artistic tendencies of children. Abstract and realistic, verbal and visual, and everything in between—all kinds of communication have a place in our world.

We thank you Veronica for sharing with us.

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Sir Ken Robinson TED talk capture: Jan Günther

Sketchnote capture of TED talk by psychologist Kelly McGonigal: Clare Willcocks