Getting Started With Sketchnoting UX Cambridge workshop


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A workshop on sketchnoting that I ran at UX Cambridge 2013. The workshop is aimed at beginners who haven't tried sketchnoting before. Hat tip to Mike Rhode and his fantastic resource, The Sketchnote Handbook.

This was the abstract for the workshop:

Inspired by sketchnotes, but not sure where to start? In this very practical workshop Michele will take you through the end-to-end process of live sketchnoting, sharing tips and techniques to get you started. During the workshop, you'll get an opportunity create your own sketchnote!

Sketching is a valuable skill for UX designers which can be used at all stages of the product design process to explore and communicate ideas. Sketchnoting helps to maintain and develop your sketching skills, as well as providing a memorable record of talks and workshops you've attended. And you don't have to be great at drawing to get started.

In the last few years sketchnoting has become increasingly popular at UX events and conferences. Earlier this year Mike Rohde published The Sketchnote Handbook, which is an invaluable guide for any aspiring sketchnoter. Michele has been creating sketchnotes since November 2011 and as a relative newcomer to the sketchnoting community, is keen to share what she has learned along the way.

Learning outcomes:

An end-to-end process for creating live sketchnotes
Techniques for improving your sketching skills

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Getting Started With Sketchnoting UX Cambridge workshop

  1. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith GETTING STARTED WITH SKETCHNOTING Michele Ide-Smith Senior UX Architect, University of Cambridge @micheleidesmith
  2. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith About me • User Experience Designer based in Cambridge • Sketchnoting since November 2011 • Co-organiser of Cambridge Usability Group talks 2
  3. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Workshop plan • What is sketchnoting? (5 m) • Why do sketchnotes? (5 m) • How to create a sketchnote (30 m) • Let’s sketch! (15 m) • Sketch review (15 m) • Top tips (5 m) • Resources (5 m) • Questions (10 m)
  4. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith WHAT IS SKETCHNOTING?
  5. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith What is sketchnoting? A way to capture notes visually Illustration by Mike Rohde from The Sketchnote Handbook (Peachpit)
  6. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Lots of different styles… Carolyn Sewell Mike Rohde
  7. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Lots of different styles… agent.fin Eva-Lotta Lam
  8. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Lots of different styles… Francis Rowland Gerren Lamson
  9. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Lots of different styles… 9 Amanda Wright turnleftisthehome
  10. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Discover your own style! Michele Ide-Smith
  11. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith It’s not just for talks… 11 Christian Frey Matthew Magain
  12. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith WHY DO SKETCHNOTING?
  13. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Learning & Memory Paivio’s ‘Dual Coding Theory’
  14. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Skills & Confidence Explore design problems Communicate and collaborate with your team
  15. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Enjoyment! 15
  16. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Be better than @markdalgarno ! 16
  17. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith GETTING STARTED
  18. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Tools of the trade
  19. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith 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!)
  20. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Listening and live sketching • Listen for key points you’ll want to re-visit* • Great quotes? What would you tweet? • What metaphors and images pop into your head? Don’t be afraid to try sketching them. • Don’t stress if you don’t catch everything! The speaker will probably upload their slides. *a good speaker lays out the structure of their talk at the start
  21. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Slides are visual • Speaker slides provide rich visual imagery
  22. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Structure Path Molecule Grid Vertical Clouds
  23. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Visual Design Principles • Contrast • Repetition • Alignment • Proximity 23
  24. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith24
  25. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Visual Design Principles • Contrast • Repetition • Alignment • Proximity 25    
  26. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Make the Talk title pop out • Do the title up front, or leave space to complete it after the talk 26 Francis Rowland
  27. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Drawing People Lo-fidelity Hi(gher)-fidelity
  28. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Shape, size, expression 28 Different body sizes Expressive
  29. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activities and Motion 29
  30. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Detail and character 30
  31. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activity! • Draw a stick person’s body using these basic shapes in 1 minute: 31
  32. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Speaker portraits 32 Francis Rowland
  33. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Speaker portraits • Find an image of the speaker in Google images, Twitter or on the event website • Speakers are *generally* very forgiving! 33
  34. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Some Tips for Drawing Faces 34
  35. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Facial expressions 35 Happy Miserable Delighted Angry Surprised Worried
  36. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activity! • Create these expressions in 2 minutes: 36 AngrySurprisedHappy
  37. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Objects
  38. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activity! • Draw 3 objects in 5 minutes 38 ChairToasterSmart Phone
  39. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Containers
  40. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activity! • Draw a ribbon banner 40
  41. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Dividers & Connectors Horizontal Curves Shading adds emphasis Connectors
  42. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Typography
  43. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Use size And weight to denote hierarchy 43 Mike Rohde Gerren Lamson
  44. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Practise drawing type faces 44
  45. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activity! • Draw a script font in 5 minutes: 45
  46. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Shading and Colour 46
  47. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Mistakes happen… 47 • Use shading or turn the mistake into something else, e.g. a badly drawn neck became a scarf!
  48. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Mistakes happen… 48 • If it’s not easy to recover, scan your notes and fix the problem in Photoshop e.g. if you get the speaker’s points in the wrong order.
  49. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith TIME TO SKETCH!
  50. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Activity! • It’s your turn to create a sketchnote! • 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
  51. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Add some Finishing Touches! Add colour & shading (I Promarkers!)
  52. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Sketch Review • Post your sketches up on the wall • Present your sketch to the group – What do you like? – What don’t you like? – What did you learn? 52
  53. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Share Your Sketchnotes! Take a picture, or scan your notes Then share with people at the event, or those tracking remotely!
  54. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Sketchnote Communities • • • 54
  55. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Top 10 Tips 1. Practise often! TED & UX talks, Vimeo, YouTube and Meet Ups 2. Always take 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 – CRAP! (Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity) 5. Don’t panic if you miss something! Transcribe 2-3 words, leave space & refer to slides later
  56. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith 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!
  57. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Useful Stuff! awesome-visual-notes
  58. Michele Ide-Smith @micheleidesmith Get in touch! @micheleidesmith