7 Sketchnotes from Umbracodkfestival

I spend today doing Sketchnotes at the Umbracodkfestival in Copenhagen – Thank you for a great event!
 The first talk was by Niels Hartvig (founder of Umbraco) as tradition dictates, introducing functionality of the new update, and welcoming to the festival – which is why I decided to put a summary of the entire festival in the middle of this Sketchnote.
Next “SEO Henning” (Henning Madsen) Took the stage to talk about, you guessed it, SEO! (Search Engine Optimization for those not in the know). His main take always was that 47% of pages on the first page of Google is https – so get moving if you haven’t already!



Christian Holst showcased his extensive research on how to improve the checkout experience in e-commerce, boiled down to 5 overall findings! This one might be hard to read here – I recommend visiting my public evernote.

The case presented by Leon de Wildt really impressed me, and I was happy to learn so many details of how they made an algorithm that made a divorce firm able to personalize the web experience of their customers. Nice and visual presentation too, which was a joy to sketchnote to.   The “see image” mentioned is the results of their work, which I took a picture of here.

Janus Boye spoke about the future of CMS – stating that you should stop the dream of 1 system for all your needs, but a combination tailored to you takes time to find but will work best.


Natasha Friis Saxberg
took us through a talk about The Future of IoT – including Smart cities, healthcare, education and logitics. It was great to become more familiar with the upcoming trends, and hear more about Atea’s view on them. As I have mentioned before, I am on the hunt for companies that work with Design Thinking and I am happy to add Atea to the list! Natasha stressed that they work with looking at whole eco-systems, and they use the double diamond (Yay! second time within a week!).



When Tine Thygesen spoke about our civic responsibility I was blown away – I want to work with some kind of social innovation, making a difference in peoples lives, so this really struck home.  The “see image” mentioned, is of a lot of facts about the “software” problems of the world – click here to see the one and the other.


The making of the sketchnotes

The Sketchnotes were made live at the event – with the exception of touch-up done with shading, a bit of inking (sometimes a lot) and a few details added. I am still practicing my speed and my ability to layout directly on the page with black marker. When I first reach for that coloured pencil….  I hang on to it too tightly, like a security vest to keep from drowning. I need to trust that I can swim without it! If the sketchnote ends up messy, I can roll with the mistakes (and learn from them).

I sometimes need to remind myself that it is after all, about communication, not art. At the same time, being nice to look at invites people in. If I want to do actual live graphic facilitation in front of audiences, the sketches will have an audience and I might as well get used to finding a style that balances both looks and speed. It also helps that I become better at listening for keypoints and choosing what not to include – that is the tough part. Practice, Practice, Practice.

The level of detail and sketching style is starting to come together – I like having one look for a set of sketchnotes so I can see they belong to the same conference/event.

The setup I used functioned well eough – I used black pen directly whenever possible, jotting down quick ideas an layout with coloured pencil, using one colour only for emphasis and frame, and adding grey shadows afterwards. Whenever there is a slide with relevant cool info I take pictures, so I can refer back later. I got a good spot in the middle close to the stage (perfect photo distance), and the venue was very nice, although I could really use a table (a rare conference/event luxury).