The Sketchnote Workbook Featured Sketchnoter: Jeff Bennett

Today's guest is Jeff Bennett

Jeff's bio on Twitter say:

Visual content that engages, explains, & informs. Animated Video Explanations, Infographics, Data Viz, & more. Science, Tech, Health/Medicine. aka @vizthinker

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

Honestly I can't remember the first time I came across the term sketchnote. But I got interested, or re-interested, in visual communication in 2008 and 2009 at the VizThink conferences where several visual thinking luminaries spoke, including Dave Gray and Sunni Brown. I then came across a SXSW talk with them plus Austin Kleon and Mike Rhode about visual note-taking and I started pursuing any information I could find on the subject. At some point I came across Mike's Twitter feed and started following him and learned about the Sketchnote Handbook.

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

It increased the amount of sketching and visual note taking that I did. About this same time I was starting to get into the creating animated video infographic and I used sketching a lot to ideate and create storyboards.

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I actually use both, depending on the situation. I usually prefer to start a sketchnote by hand drawing in pen. That's usually very rough so I will often rework it in pen again and then either scan and improve it in Adobe Illustrator or import it into my iPad and trace it with the Adobe Ideas app.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

Find your own style that plays to your strengths. I don't consider myself a great sketcher so I stick to very simple shapes most of the time. If you've got the drawing skills that's great but most of us aren't that confident in our hand sketching skills so stick with the basic shapes to get started and build confidence.

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

Hopefully it grows. I believe that communicating visually is the most effective way to explain and educate so the more people that embrace visual communication, the better.


We thank you Jeff for sharing with us.

You can find more about him and his works on:


First Sketchnote: Angela Williams

Global Scrum Gathering 2014, Sketchnote by Ian Wermerling