The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Ben Norris

Today's guest is Ben Norris

Bens's bio on Twitter say:

Sketchnoter, wireframer, supporter, designer at @balsamiq. Reader, piano player, Mormon, husband, and father in life.

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

I have taken visual notes for most of my life, but in 2009, through Twitter, Dan Roam introduced me to Eva Lotta-Lamm and an online talk she gave about sketchnotes. I realized there was a word for what I had been doing! And it was ok to do at work! It was a liberating and exhilarating feeling.

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

Learning to better express myself visually, and to process information quickly is invaluable. I find myself hearing a thought or phrase and wondering how I would represent it in pictures. Sketchnoting has really enhanced the way I learn and remember things.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I started out strictly analog, but have transitioned over to digital. I love the feel and experience of pen on nice paper, but the convenience and ease of sharing with digital sketchnotes is winning out for me. I use an iPad with the Paper app and Pencil stylus from 53, and have really loved it.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

The secret to drawing a long straight line is to trace over it a couple times. That will add some visual weight, but also lets you correct many of the flaws in the line so that it looks good. You can use this trick with large lettering as well to keep things symmetrical and evenly proportioned.

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

This field is only going to grow. As more and more people realize that innate drawing skill is not required, it is going to catch on like wildfire. We are inherently visual creatures, and are drawn to simple pictures. When a sketch is rough, but still captures and conveys ideas quickly and simply, it has real power.

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

The Sketchnote Workbook is a fantastic resource for taking your sketchnoting to the next level. I definitely recommend starting by mastering the concepts in The Sketchnote Handbook, and then use the Workbook for inspiration to help you continue to grow and develop.


We thank you Ben for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:


First Sketchnotes: Luis Gonzaga

Sketchnoting Books: Kate Wing