Visual Library cards

Creating the cards itself started as a practice exercise for expanding my symbolic visual vocabulary, and thus also functions as an external visual library. A deck of icon cards can be used in varying ways, and this set of cards was created in order to function as an icebreaker exercise for a workshop.


Icebreaker exercise with icon cards

Participants were asked to choose the icons they found most represented the answer to specific questions. Thus we got the participant to start thinking about the topic for the workshop before the agenda was even presented. The icons on this deck of cards may seem random, but are chosen because they have different typical symbolic meanings attached to them. Asking the participants to choose two or more cards, created a dynamic between the cards that further makes the participant think creatively. It is important to get the participants to explain with their own words why they have chosen their cards.

My current collection is 100+ cards and growing.


My Tool Collection

This post is the masterlist of my growing physical design tool collection, which I will go back an edit as I acquire new tools. At the moment my wishlist is longer than my collection. If you want to sponsor a tool, contact me. Eventually I will indicate how often I use each of these and categorize them. Reviews will follow for each of the tools as I get a chance to properly test them.

My tool collection

Toolkits created by me

My tool wishlist


See both my BOOK WISH LIST and my BOOK SHELF for a list of my book recommendations.




Book wish list

For christmas this year I am wishing for some nice visual thinking books. I especially want this Visual Thinking by Willemien Brand which came out here in 2017. I have been wanting to get my hands on it since then, but have been too busy with my Master thesis.

The following books are on my wishlist for my physical collection. Some I have read in e-book or heard in audiobook format already, but wish for the physical copy. Call me old fashioned, but I love to see the books on my shelf and be able to hold them in my hands. Most of these books I have borrowed from the library (some of them several times). Some of them I haven’t read yet, but skimmed through. Some I just think look good. I will update this post when I find more books that I want to own.

I plan to do book reviews of my favourite books and sketchnote summaries, you will be able to see the overview of those here on my Book shelf.


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Which Sketchbooks do I use?

As a student I need to keep the cost down, so at the moment I use black notebooks from Flying Tiger. They have nice paper and nice sizes, for a quarter of the price of a Moleskin sketchbook.

The one I bring everywhere I go: My visual journal. It is small enough to fit in my smallest everydaypurse, and there is room for my businesscards as well in a pocket. The downside of this journal is that it has thinner pages than the others, too thing for my needs, so I need to skip every other page. This I sometimes switch to a moleskin of the same size – when I spoil myself.

The one I bring to social events and general travelling: My travelbook, small square sketchbook. (As seen on the above picture)

The one I bring to conferences and when I know I will be sketchnoting live: The Big Square sketchbook I take with me when I know I am going to an event where I will sketchnote, double the size of the small travelbook.