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Getting Started With Sketchnoting



A 25 minute workshop on sketchnoting (visual note taking) which I ran at the UK UXPA Creativity event on 21 March 2013, in London. I ran the workshop 3 times back-to-back and by the end of the evening ...

A 25 minute workshop on sketchnoting (visual note taking) which I ran at the UK UXPA Creativity event on 21 March 2013, in London. I ran the workshop 3 times back-to-back and by the end of the evening we had around 50 sketchnotes created by the workshop attendees! Mike Rohde and Peachpit very kindly gave me 3 copies of The Sketchnote Handbook to give away and I picked out 3 budding sketchnoters to receive the books. Thanks to the UK UPA for organising the Creativity event and Sapient Nitro for hosting! And a hat tip to Eva-Lotta Lamm who inspired me to start sketchnoting back in 2011.



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Getting Started With Sketchnoting Getting Started With Sketchnoting Presentation Transcript

  • GETTING STARTED WITH SKETCHNOTING Michele Ide-Smith User Experience Designer, Red Gate @micheleidesmith
  • Workshop plan• Introduction (3m)• Getting started (7m)• Let’s sketch! (15 m)
  • What is sketchnoting?Illustration by Mike Rohde from The Sketchnote Handbook (Peachpit) Visual note taking
  • Lots of different styles… Carolyn Sewell Gerren Lamson
  • Lots of different styles… agent.fin Eva-Lotta Lam
  • Lots of different styles… Francis Rowland Mike Rohde
  • Discover your own style! Michele Ide-Smith
  • Learning & MemoryPaivio’s ‘Dual Coding Theory’
  • Skills & ConfidenceExplore design problems Communicate and collaborate with your team
  • Tools of the trade
  • At the event• Get a good seat with a clear view• Have your pens handy (it’s distracting for others if you scrabble around in your bag!)
  • Listening and live sketching• Listen for key points you’ll want to re-visit*• Great quotes? What would you tweet?• What images pop into your head? Don’t be afraid to try sketching them.• Don’t stress if you don’t catch everything!*a good speaker lays out the structure of their talk at the start
  • StructurePath Molecule Grid Vertical Clouds
  • PeopleLo-fidelity Hi(gher)-fidelity ExpressiveDifferent body sizes Seated Active Hands Characterful
  • Objects
  • Containers
  • Dividers & ConnectorsHorizontal Curves Connectors Shading adds emphasis
  • Typography
  • Try creating a sketchnote!• Now it’s your turn!• Let’s watch a short TED talk (6 m 51 s)• Listen for key quotes & important ideas Tom Wujec – Build a Tower, Build a Team
  • Finishing TouchesAdd colour & shading (I love Promarkers!)
  • Share Your SketchnotesTake a picture or Then share with people at thescan your notes event, or those tracking remotely!
  • Top 10 Tips1. Practise often! TED & UX talks, Meet Ups2. Always carry a sketchbook & pens to events3. Add title & speaker name before the talk, or leave space to complete them later4. Think like a designer: structure & flow, proximity & grouping, size, colour & contrast5. Don’t panic if you miss something! Transcribe 2-3 words, leave space & refer to slides later
  • Top 10 Tips6. Watch the time & space you have left7. Use shading to turn mistakes into something else (or scan & edit in Photoshop!)8. Add event name & Twitter handle9. Don’t use reverse of pages & add a blank sheet between pages (prevent bleed through)10. Relax, be creative & above all, enjoy yourself!
  • Useful Stuff!
  • Get in touch! @micheleidesmith michele.ide-smith [at] red-gate [dot] com