The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Makayla Lewis

Todays guest is Makayla Lewis

Makalya's bio on Twitter say:

Dr. of Human-Computer Interaction. Interests: Storytelling, UX, a11y, Star Wars & Guinea Pigs.  organiser. BSL learner. Sketchnoter.

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

At a user experience sketching workshop at City University London in 2012. I was there to explore methods to visualise my PhD data, an unknown woman (I now wish I'd introduced myself) was live sketching the workshop. It encouraged me to follow suit later that day I crafted an icon library and from that moment I was hooked.

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

It has improved my listening, processing, and drawing skills in fast paced situations. It has also acted as a communication/networking aid when at events. Sketchnoting has greatly impacted how I share the world (my experiences) with others.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I'm on the fence regarding digital vs traditional. I love traditional as I can explore drawing tools e.g. multi-liners, fountain pens, chalk, water colour markers and my favourite alcohol markers (Copics). On the other hand I love the accuracy, convenience and versatility of my Cintiq Companion Hybrid.

4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Simple shapes are expressive, ideas not art!

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

I see greater expansion and acceptance especially within technical settings. As a Dr of HCI when I sketchnote at academic conferences, seminars and meetings I often receive discouraging looks and comments such as "Why are you drawing pay attention." I see this negative view of visual thinking and expression changing.


We thank you Makayla for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:




Teaching on Forgiveness Sketchnote: Mitch Bolton

First Sketchnote: Daniel Michelsanti