The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Jessica Esch

Today's guest is Jessica Esch

Jessica's bio on Twitter say:

Content Strategist. Illustrator. @unitedwaygp LUbrarian. HSBARS. Filter.

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

I’m a sucker for books about rethinking how we work. I was floored by the artwork of Mike Rohde in Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. When I saw that Mike paired his notes with pictures, something clicked in my brain and, from that point on, I did too.

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

Complete game changer. Not only has sketchnoting improved my recall and attention, it has also made my notes appealing and accessible to others. I enjoy extending people's platforms beyond the spaces they speak and write.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

Analog all the way until it's time to post. I'm crazy for the way a thin, black line forms on paper.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Keep going. The hyper-critical voice in my head harps on everything it thinks I’m missing when I sketchnote. But I’m not missing anything. I’m filtering. There’s great value in that.

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

The future is very bright.

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

The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club (Page 138) has the BEST popcorn. Come to Maine and give it a try. I'm also a big proponent of connecting my sketchnotes and illustrations to their source so they can be used to further their work and ideas. Mike highlighted one example of how I do this on Page 179 using my Margot Bloomstein sketchnote. Click here for more of my thoughts on how online interactions can affect offline relationships.

We thank you Jessica for sharing with us.

You can find more about her and her works on:


Website: Flickr

ICOM New Zealand Conference, Hans-Martin Hinz talk capture: Mike Dickison

First Sketchnotes: Gaz Needle