Sketchnotes! Super Cool!

In one of my down-the-rabbit-hole afternoons of doing presentation research, I came across Mike Rohde's book The Sketchnote Handbook and borrowed a copy through Interlibrary Loan (like any good librarian).

Sketchnotes are visual notes, combining words and pictures, which help you to make more robust mental models of topics as you learn them. Here's my first one:

This sketchnote covers a talk on user experience given by a candidate for a job opening we have at our library. I made another one later in the day during a meeting about upcoming changes to our evaluation scoring system (much less interesting).

Sketchnoting encourages you to "relax up" and to focus on capturing the big ideas of something, rather than furiously trying to write down everything a speaker says.

I usually doodle when taking notes anyway (almost always desserts or trees--weird) so this wasn't too much of a stretch and I admit I was skeptical. But it was FUN! And I feel like I absorbed the presenter's message much more clearly using the sketchnotes process.

I will be using this technique more and more in my own notetaking, and am thinking about how it can be incorporated into presentations of many types.

Interested in learning more? Get the book (I've ordered my own copy on now) or visit the Sketchnote Army website, where you can see lots of examples from people around the world.

TGIF, and enjoy your weekend!