The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Mathias Vestergaard

Today's guest is Mathias Vestergaard

Mathias's bio on Twitter say:

Helping people think clearly is the most rewarding work I've ever done.

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

As a kid I used drawings to build multinational corporations in my mind. With a friend we would dream up a car company, an airplane company, a phone company and many more. It was not really about art but about imagination. What we would dream came alive through paper and pencil.

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

I took a detour into computers, programming, websites and anything that moves around on a screen. It was another way to make things in my mind come alive. However, I find that most of our digital tools today are more about checking boxed and filling in forms than it is about creating something new. That's why I still use paper notebooks with blank pages whenever I begin something new. The blank page is the best API to my mind.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

It depends on the purpose and situation. I use digital notes for anything that needs revisions, e.g. client work or things meant to be shared, however, I still enjoy the ink-to-paper feel more, and I trust the analog to actually save my data. Also, for the purpose of looking through old notes, I find analog to be much superior. This enhances my ability to actually learn from my personal and professional reflections.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

I think the main secret that most people miss or misunderstand, is the importance of a strong visual hierarchy. Most sketchnotes you see are densely crowded with drawings and text in various colors, all competing for attention. Take a look at some Swiss graphic design and create a strong hierarchy with something that is clearly more important, which can anchor the page, and then let everything else be toned down a bit. The real power of this trick however, is not that your notes will look infinitely better (yet they will!) The power is in how this way of writing and drawing will change the way you think...

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

I dream of a future where sketchnotes are taken seriously for the immense power it has (when done right) to transform business, collaboration and joy of work.


We thank you Mathias for sharing with us.

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