Sketchnoters' Stories - I Didn’t Even Know That Sketchnoting Was a “Thing” : Kiel Giese


Our today's guest is Kiel Giese

When I found him video on Twitter it was "natural" to ask him to share its story: and here it is.


I Didn’t Even Know That Sketchnoting Was a “Thing”

I didn’t just start sketchnoting.  In fact, I didn’t even know that it was a “thing”.  It was something that I had stumbled upon after following people like Kasey Bell and Doug Neill on Twitter.  I’ve done other types of videos that I shared with my students as a resource to help them outside of Social Studies classes.  Basically, it was more of the same, but I excused it because it was in a “condensed” time frame.  As you can imagine, these videos did not get much use.  (I put privacy settings on them so that only certain people could see them.  It's intimidating to work on something and have people critique it.)  In my defense, I don’t think it was a bad idea, it was just the wrong idea.  Sometimes, you have to get out of your comfort zone and open yourself to a little criticism and I was average at drawing, so, I decided to put myself out there and give sketchnoting a try.

Aside from putting your creation out there for everyone to see, getting to the point that I was ready to put my artistic skills on camera was tough.  I wanted everything to look perfect.  I knew I needed some practice, so I started by incorporating sketchnoting into my routine.  As I started doing better, I realized that I needed some “go-to” symbols that I can rely on.  (Thanks, Doug Neill!!)

Here are a few of my symbols that I use, or can see using, in my notes.  This continues to grow, but these are the ones that I felt that I needed before I continued.  I used some that already existed and some were trial and error projects until I reached the symbols that I wanted.

Once I had a grasp of symbols, it was the structure.  All of the examples that I saw on Twitter were beautiful. Every Sketchnoter had some sort of design that amazed, but, also, mystified me.  As I continued to practice, I started to realize (mostly from Neill’s video series) that each session could be a different structure based on the information.  After all of the practice, I decided to give it a try.  I had my numerous rough drafts outside of the camera lens and hit record…

The whole process has been a lot of fun and the Internet henchmen have been relatively easy on me!  In fact, most of the feedback that I have received has been very positive.  Student feedback has been minimal, but some have recognized my writing and drawing which leads me to believe that they are watching least, more than the other videos!

Kiel Giese

I do love this video!

Thank you very much for sharing with us Kiel!

- Mauro

Notes from an AIGA conference: Abbie Bacilla

First Sketchnote: Lee Andrew Hilyer