Sketchnotes – what is that?

For many years I had a hard time writing notes to lectures. I always ended up copying what the teacher said, and not truly thinking about the topic. I was always told that drawing is something that should not be done at school outside the art room. Although I have later used sketching for the sake of wireframing and prototyping in my design education, it was not until I started my masters, that I discovered a book by Mike Rohde on how to do notes by hand, combining regular note taking techniques with sketching.

My urge to make doodles now got permission to be explored, as long the sketches were relevant, and enhanced my understanding of the subject at hand. This practice is called Sketchnoting. Since then I have been sketchnoting at every lecture, seminar or conference that I have attended, trying to teach myself this practise. When sketchnoting is used in this setting, sketchnoting is a live, rapid visualisation technique, where I sketch and write short quotes while I listen. Sketchnoting helps me commit a subject to my long term memory, and it forces me to think about what is being said on a deeper level, when I choose which visual aids to use.

Websummit sketchnote 2016

Great sources for learning more today:

The Sketchnote handbook and Sketchnote workbook by Mike Rohde are great starting points

This class on Skillshare (if you have access) on data vizualisation really helped me take my sketchnote layout to the next level.

My pinterest board – I pin everything from layouts to drawing exercises.

This Danish blog by Mie Nørgaard – She is my very talented master thesis supervisor, so I admit I am biased 🙂

Sketchnote army a community for sketchnoters

Image 1: My Sketchnotes from a live seminar about google certification from Nov 2016
Image 2: My Sketchnotes done on the airplane home as a summary of my websummit conference experience  Nov 2016