The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Deborah LeFrank

Today's guest is Deborah LeFrank

Deborah's bio on Twitter say:

As Graphic Journalist, I use words & images to tell stories from meetings, presentations, life. As Landscape Architect, I focus on getting people out in nature.

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

A love of Calligraphy combined with my Landscape Architectural career created a perfect storm for me to experiment with note taking at conferences, meetings & workshops. I never knew it was called sketchnotes until I found a book by Eva-Lotta Lamm. A course in Graphic Recording opened my eyes to the world of large graphics and the International Forum of Visual Practictioners. I love journalling when I travel and sharing the stories. I keep a moleskine journal in my bag all the time - you just never know when you're going to hear something you don't want to forget!

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

When I take Sketchnotes I more fully retain the information I am hearing - I think it makes me smarter and my thinking clearer. The impact this has had on my life and work? The clustering of my interests created a perfect storm for me to persue a new career and business and so my company Visual Life Stories was born. I love collecting memories and creating visual storyboards that people want to see and read.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Have pen will travel, that's my motto. I love the feel of paper and the discreet nature of a small journal on my lap. I have tried recording on my iPad with various digital pens but have not been happy with the lettering results. For use on my Visual Life Stories projects I have created my own font. Combining hand lettering, sketches, photos and my font allows me to create work that appears hand drawn with the flexibility of the computer.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Keep it simple. A moleskine journal, a pencil, eraser, good black tip pen (Staedtler .3 is my fav), and a brush lettering pen (Faber Castell) in a nice contrasting colour - you are ready to go! Improve your lettering by slowing down and printing rather than writing. Avoid large blocks of caps only lettering. Use the pencil to block out the title letters so you can be sure the spacing will work. Create text containers for your content. Get inspiration from what is around you for the shape of the text container. Relax and have fun with it.

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

Looking into a crystal ball....Sketchnotes and visual graphics will continue to rise in response to peoples desire to quickly obtain information. There will be an element of nostalgic connection to ink and good handwriting. The Doodle Revolution is fully embraced.

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

This is a great followup book to the Sketchnote Handbook giving step by step tips to create your own style of sketchnotes. The variety of examples clearly illustrates the wide range of styles.


We thank you Deborah for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:




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