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Getting Started With Sketchnoting



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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

  1. GETTING STARTED WITH SKETCHNOTING Michele Ide-Smith User Experience Designer, Red Gate @micheleidesmith
  2. Workshop plan • Introduction (3m) • Getting started (7m) • Let’s sketch! (15 m)
  4. What is sketchnoting? Illustration by Mike Rohde from The Sketchnote Handbook (Peachpit) Visual note taking
  5. Lots of different styles… Carolyn Sewell Gerren Lamson
  6. Lots of different styles… agent.fin Eva-Lotta Lam
  7. Lots of different styles… Francis Rowland Mike Rohde
  8. Discover your own style! Michele Ide-Smith
  10. Learning & Memory Paivio’s ‘Dual Coding Theory’
  11. Skills & Confidence Explore design problems Communicate and collaborate with your team
  13. Tools of the trade
  14. 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!)
  15. 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
  16. Structure Path Molecule Grid Vertical Clouds
  17. People Lo-fidelity Hi(gher)-fidelity Expressive Different body sizes Seated Active Hands Characterful
  18. Objects
  19. Containers
  20. Dividers & Connectors Horizontal Curves Connectors Shading adds emphasis
  21. Typography
  23. 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
  24. Finishing Touches Add colour & shading (I love Promarkers!)
  25. Share Your Sketchnotes Take a picture or Then share with people at the scan your notes event, or those tracking remotely!
  26. Top 10 Tips 1. Practise often! TED & UX talks, Meet Ups 2. Always carry a sketchbook & pens to events 3. Add title & speaker name before the talk, or leave space to complete them later 4. Think like a designer: structure & flow, proximity & grouping, size, colour & contrast 5. Don’t panic if you miss something! Transcribe 2-3 words, leave space & refer to slides later
  27. Top 10 Tips 6. Watch the time & space you have left 7. Use shading to turn mistakes into something else (or scan & edit in Photoshop!) 8. Add event name & Twitter handle 9. Don’t use reverse of pages & add a blank sheet between pages (prevent bleed through) 10. Relax, be creative & above all, enjoy yourself!
  28. Useful Stuff!
  29. Get in touch! @micheleidesmith e michele.ide-smith [at] red-gate [dot] com