The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Boon Chew

Today's guest is Boon Chew

Boon's bio on Twitter say:

Past 30. IA/IxD @ Sapientnitro, IxDA board director, Sketchnoter. Has a brain in his stomach.

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

I've been doodling since a very young age, from drawing my own comic books, funky letters and sketching portraits of people I've met. I stopped doing anything visual for a long time until I came across Eva Lotta-Lamm's sketchnoting workshop, and it all came back. I've been sketchnoting ever since.

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

Sketchnoting has become part of my identity now, especially when I attend events and conferences, people recognise me from my sketchnotes. The value I gain from it comes down to four reasons: 1. my notes have become keepsakes rather than throwaways 2. my notes extend my ability to recall information and past experiences 3. my visual communication skills improve over time 4. my notes are amazing ways to socialise learning and are great conversation material

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

There's something about physically making notes that you can't reproduce on digital. I've tried using an iPad to sketchnote and it lacks control and refinement. However, I believe that digitizing your notes once done is really important as it's good to share what you've done and have a record of it virtually.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Sketchnoting is really a form of active listening in a visual way, which is an art form in and of itself. Active listening is a communication method whereby the listener feeds back to the speaker by paraphrasing what they've heard in their own words, and thus building understanding between two parties. Without listening and understanding, sketchnoting devolves into mindless doodling.

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

I forsee a lot of people reframing the idea of note-taking when they realise what sketchnoting really is and give it a go. Once the barriers have come down that sketching is really about thinking and communication and not about art, we'll be much better off as we'll be communicating with each other more effectively.


We thank you Boon for sharing with us.

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