The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Mauro Toselli

Today's guest is Mauro Toselli

Mauro's bio on Twitter say:

CTO, / curator, Author of The Tao of Sketchnote I love sketchnote, coffee, seakayak, bouldering, and cooking

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

Some years ago I noticed on internet those fantastic blends between notes, typography and graphic elements and I wanted to give it a try with my notes. I was enlightened! I don't have any background in graphic design and after a while this lack started to be an obstacle. So I made some research and discovered that what I was trying to learn existed and had a name: Sketchnote! In August 2012 I preordered The Sketchnote Handbook that was delivered on December 27. That day started my amazing journey and here I am.

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

It is/was mind opening! At the begin I was overwelmed by my enthusiasm and shetchnoted everything. With time I learned (the hard way) to focus my efforts and started to "meditate" on my sketchnotes, practicing with new typefaces, shapes and compositions. I was almost unaware of the changes but at a certain point my way to think, analyze, organize ideas was very different than 1 year before. I was able to capture key concepts more easily, organize and visualize ideas became more fluent and, mainly, my new ability to sketchnote made me a better communicator.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I must be honest, even if is out of doubt that I enjoy a lot sketchnoting on my iPad, paper is my choice. I have my large A4 Moleskine notebook where I sketchnote my "masterpieces". Why? Because paper has no CMD+Z! You need a special focus, you need to be "in" the sketchnote. Once finalized, you get that immutable artifact which has a bold dignity.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Ok, typo is/was always my black beast. Those wonderful sketchnotes with perfect handwritten typefaces always made me gelous. I practiced a lot and when I decided it was enough I just focused on those 2-3 typefaces I was sure to write decently and switched focus on hierarchy. I'm a bit obsessed with Golden Ratio, I admit it, but I realized that hierarchy and composition can do miracles even using a limited number of typefaces or graphic elements. And here is my tip: hierarchy is not about space or position, is about flow and remember: separators... do separate :-).

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

Good question. I'm trying to create "Sketchnote awareness" here in my country, organizing events a helding lectures and small workshops. The hard part is to make sketchnote welcome in workplaces: it is still perceived as a waste of time or a thing people do when they are bored. However all people who start sketchnoting get hooked and realize very soon how it can be helpful in almost any any aspect of their life. This is very encouraging and make me very positive for the future of sketchnoting: Free your Notes to Free you Mind!!!

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

Is the natural follow up. If you never stop reading again and again and referencing to the Handbook, you'll carry the Workbook with you wherever you go. I recently used a metaphor: the Handbook teach you what is a bicycle and it's components, how to ride and be safe and how to practice to master cycling, the Workbook show you how to travel the World, suggest some destinations and teach you that the limit is just yourself. Ah, sometimes you may find some peeks on how to ride on one wheel!


We thank you Mauro for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:




Confessions of a First Time Sketchnoter: Neil Williams

A Sketchnote about Sketchnote: Katharina Bluhm