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The illustrated guide to visual note taking
Mike Rohde
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To Gail, Nathan, Linnea, and Landon,
thotnk you for your support on this
long and challenging journey.
You are the reason I work so hard
to create things and share tvly ideas.

i love you.

TAKING ON A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE is a great reminder of just how
valuable my family, friends, colleagues, and community are. Without them, I'm
certain The Sketchnote
- Handbook would not have happened.
SAIL, you are the first and most important person on the list. Even though you
were expecting a baby, you encouraged and supported me on many late nights
and weekends. Thanks for sharing the vision with me. I love you!
NATHAN, LINNEA, AND LANDON, thanks for supporting me during the creation
of the book and video. As your dad, I hope my work makes you proud.
VON GLITSCHKA, you get credit for sparking this book over Thai food in Portland.
Thanks for believing in me and pitching my book idea just minutes a f t e r dinner.

NIKKI MCDONALD, you've been behind me on this book from the beginning to the
end. Thanks for considering my book idea, selling it to your team, and keeping
me on track and encouraged through the long, hard creation process. Most
important, thanks for helping me create something truly unique and different.
ANNE MARIE WALKER, you've been a fabulous editor, challenging me to make the
book better. Thanks for keeping me on my toes and making my prose look so good.
AMY VAN VECHTEN, thanks for providing excellent direction and feedback on the
video project. Thanks for trusting me and Seal Team Sketchnote as we worked.
PEACHPIT, your team has been ajoy to work with. Everyone was professional cknd
so easy to work with. Thank you Nancy, Glenn, Katerina, Mimi, Lupe, Charlene,
Eric, Liz, and James for making my f i r s t book experience a great one.

DAVID FUGATE, thanks for your expert guidance through the book contract
process. I couldn't have asked for a better agent.


FEATURED SKETCHNOTERS: Binaebi Akah. FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES . Michelle George. I've been honored to call you a friend and appreciate your guidance in the creation of my f i r s t book. Alexis Finch. vil . thanks for creating fonts of my hand lettering. GABE WOLLENBUR6. you're a great friend and an amazing videographer. Veronica Erb. Gerren Lamson. Francis Rowland.BRIAN ARTKA. thanks for your support through the years. Thanks f o r making the video script happen when I hact no idea how to even begin the process. This is (A better book because of your help. MARK FAIRBANKS AND CYNTHIA THOMAS. DELVE WITHRINGTON. Chris Shipton. Creighton Berman. Eva-Lotta Lamm. JON MUELLER. and kyle Steed. you have a great knack for timing. TOTHE SKETCHNOTING COMMUNITY. STEPHEN MORK. Your music adds an important richness and positive vibe to the video. Paul Soupiset. thanks for sharing your Translator space f o r the video shoot and f o r your encouragement throughout the project. thanks for creating an uplifting and cool soundtrack. Timothy Reynolds. thanks for your contributions. I'm excited to see where our community will go and how it will grow once this book reaches new readers and viewers. Thanks f o r capturing my vision and helping me "Be Mike" for the camera. thanks for speaking on the video and allowing my sketchnotes of your talk to become such a key p a r t of the book and video. Jessica Esch. Your typefaces have saved me many long hours of drawing every letter by hand. thanks for your reviews and feedback about the book and video in production. Matthew Magain. Boon Chew.

. and children. The $100 Startup. Mike focuses on user interface. user experience. As a sketchnoter. That passion. as evidenced by the creation of The Sketchnote Army. a best-selling book by Chris Guillebeau. Mike has also shared his thinking. the best-selling book by Jason Fried and David Heinenleier Hansson. Mike provides live. and Landon. and icon design f o r mobile and web applications at Govnoll Research + Design in Milwaukee. Gail. Mike uses his unique drawing style to amplify and clarify ideas. ix . His work has been featured in REWORK. and samples of his design and illustration work at his personal website. w e b s i t e dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world. along with his lifelong habit of recording concepts and observations through sketching and doodling. inspired him to develop sketchnotes—a practical art that translates simple and complex ideas into easily recalled bits o f information. visual design. design process. Learn more about Mike at rohdesign. meetings.ABOUTTHIJ LITHOR MIKE ROHDE has a passion f o r simple and usable design solutions. Wisconsin. Nathckn. 11 CI The Little Book o f Talent b9 Daniel Coyle. just outside of Milwaukee. and experiences in venues across the United States. real-time sketchnotes of events. Community and sharing are important cornerstones of Mike's philosophy. Mike lives with his wife. He's an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Professionally. since 2003. In his illustration practice.

Tune er Post • Anatomy °fa Sketchnote to Pinish • A Sketchnote from Start 56 .9 • Cr'eate G . • SketchnoteTit/ • Photograph • Scan. Not Art% • One Step at a Time • • WillY SKETCHNOTE?26 • Sketchnoting Eng M i •• Sketc a g e s Your Whole Sketchnoting Creektes ot Visual Map n d hnoting Helps Your Concentrtio a n • Sketchnoting Taps Your Visual Language Sketchnoting •• Creating I sis Relaxing Is Dynamic and Fun! LISTEN UPI 'of • The Ke9s to Listening • M9 Listening Approctch • practice Your Listening Ski IS ErcHA P OE torlive • c Resectech S S • Gather Materialis • Arrive 41.CONTENTS WHAT E SKETCHNOTES? • Sketchnotes Were Born of Frustration% • How Are Sketchnotes Created? • Can I Create Sketchnotes? • %decks.

AND PERSONALIZATION122 NG te PES OF • ge atti me s k 0 e t c h n o t i n 9 t I n k A proach E I C I H N O T E S 8 • Two-stage Sketchnoting • Two-stage Penc • Style Plus Thinking • Two-stage Rough to Refined Approach • Structure. Then Style! • Creatiny a Hierarchy • The Art & Structure Scale • PerSOnaliZO.130.11aavistwayubrar9 EXerelSe • Visual Ubrox s • Drawing Metaphor loots for SI(etchnoting • • S g .SKETCH4OT mo. 1HIE RCHY. APPROACHES.tiOrt • Sketchnotiny Patterns • Commentary • Linear • Humor • Radial • Whims • Vertical • Path • Modular • Skyscraper • Popcorn • Patterns Are Startin g Pointsy KILLStelt TEClitgliQUES SOT COWING • Sias &Techniques of u A •i c StetentS D r a n t • 5 Basic elements EXerCiSe •ht r a t t i n g PeOpte e• Drawing People exercise 5• Praying faces e• tordOing f aces exercise s • Drominglype n • Drawing 'Type exercise l • Penmanship e • Drawing Visuat elements t .

stacked neatly on my bookshelf. I lost my way. could be a perfect way to challenge my overly detailed. In January 2007. text-only death march. I've been working hard through my Wog. Could I take fewer but better notes? If I focused on quality. The relaxed. I enjoyed expressing ideas visuallti—easily blending words with drawings. with a giant notebook until I'd found a better way to take notes.INT OEY ' T O N \ IT WAS THE WINTER Of 2006 AND I COULDN'T TAKE I I I. The Sketchnote Army. and at live presentations and workshops to share my passion for sketchnoting. Somewhere in the process of growing up and getting ajob. cknd typography in my notebooks.was done. Fed up. paired with an unerasabte pen. Best of all. I had ck great time taking notes again. I was able to stow down and listen f o r big ideas. This passion f o r sketchnoting is xii . explaining how to create sketchnotes. I loved the no-turning-back attitude of using a pen. could I live with seeing my mistakes in pen? Would adding drawings to my notes bring back my joy of note taking? Could taking notes become fun again? The answer to these questions wcks a resounding yes! As I captured my f i r s t sketchnotes. I'm not sure how note taking had become such a burden. note-taking mind-set. I became a great note taker who couldn't stand taking notes. visual note-taking approach from my college days had morphed into a fanatically detailed. In high school and college. I take great pleasure in talking (About why sketchnoting enables you to take better notes. Thinking back. I'd bought it on Ck whim (A few months before and I realized t h a t its small size. I brought my Moleskine and a gel pen to Chicago f o r a conference to try sketchnoting. Ever since that mind-altering experience. Ironically. and persuading people to give sketchnoting a try. I vowed not to take another note with a mechanical pencil or ANYMORE. diagrams. The solution to my note-taking problem was a blank pocket Moleskine.

illustrating.AmZut t e c. . 2 e a 5cm Ps ssOLATWO. I want you to enjoy taking notes as much as I do. cfrifoos3ANG? Use l e e t T W O -SlyDAJG'• 1.vt fuei .st i e 5 tAp 6/v40 w 4 t o l ti h . re‘pIe pctAet. Even if you can't draw a straight line. L I.i141 6 0 [5L v. 5 . not how well you draw_ Take it from me.101•44(idechl coAst. you can learn to sketchnote with a little practice. .g4 A L / / -R e 0 I 1-11 G ' -.1Y P'aikl ..tAvica h s .t.c 14[(( 4eAa el s* / 01 FAQ-OPE A 4. t i d e c t c My f i r s t sketchnotes • 0X Intensive 2007 02Ate.. WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR? Whether you believe you can or can't draw.i 9 9 y ! 1 ek A 4' r j 1 A C 4 4 DONT stAmiNAtre Rksks . and use other hand-drawn elements to help you express your thoughts visually. p k e . Sketchnotes Ckre about hearing and capturing meaningful ideas.otAil (4.opeovkAi rfieS eArIvy A 65wa i • r i c . and designing this book. create custom lettering.144a4 imi5sC11-kue • k raiNc191 E ' W 1 e e g p e e .5TC:Rtv1 IN G SPeti NTS w cw.6 1 eK 5 1 .p(es• c 4c+Iiav1 1 ç .tz. I will show you how to draw simple objects. I'm here to tell you that anyone who can make marks on paper can benefit from this book. and I hope that by the end of this book you will. R u 0N R I c r o i o f cof 6o5 1-QutoorinfW Id-ad-1cm5\my' v o -k 11. kJ. V 1. 0 Pi/5R T R i .v 144 i 55 -r Tt.i t ) V / 1• ."/1/ e1„.4 . . 1 70 1 4 v( 1 .e v vvr 4i .what drove me to spend hundreds of hours writing.s 0-f-. you can create sketchnotes• In this book. d1 a t r % t A ep tr -i k c i r a s . 1 4 0M r 7 1e / 5 <rztl-45cm-ekt. 60 .AutsEi5+ t49..--5 .he R A k ( e .

__D. I created the entire book as one.h . ize. so you can s t a r t creating sketchnotes ilinkYlediCkte19• Each page of this book has been lovingly hand-sketched to show you how much fun it is to learn from notes that incorporate pictures and words equally. t h F.„„E r yaw: 5i n d a n e . m P : 121. sketch the sketch?). s. long. I decided that if I was going to talk the talk.Ile deocos. complete my title before the 0 speaker begins. . a -.-. t o s O of e moro detAll and to view on So.A : R i x w PHOTOGRAPe W h e n I'm done s e t c h r i c o t i n g . r e w gwhat gou've r created via social e media. and techniques quickty. g s t as .Tihs Rkoilykti E rC9 s . A compfoted title r o o d g to go. gi CI T E P h T T E ASLL___grogb ( 1 Hike to oso W h o m e 0 to find photos of t h : for rviere cspeaker ..r s . s 9 like to shoo 0 .1checkthe topic aandthe speal. I shoot photos of rjaTATuell . verif g spellings and sometimes 7 4 find a photo on o f phone to create avisuallg m interesting title page f or the speak. Rather thool write a lot of words ckbout sketchnoting.. so I can focus 0 on the talk rather than rushing to create a title at the start 4 of the presentation . and photos e a serve as a good : haaup 9 " ' " ' a 4 n . ckpproaches. . I'd better walk the walk (or.. ViStAat Manua( designed to teach you basic sketchnoting concepts. F . sgnthesize the Ideas h e a r i n g a n s t a r t drawing w h ' about as tthinking I sketchnoteS in m9 sketchboo l. . EWhen listen. v1HING . 1 . 7 oft mg title page. .er's name.=p 'tRo :wi lal .IYAmediostel9 S h .er or the topic.chnotes.nrgou / ' ' ' t' ' ' Z1.:=2= Po M E •'.•"="2'.e: . 1 .l = . The Sketchnote Handbook • Chapter 4 X I V SKETCHNOT the tall< begins. I t t r ts o o . nlaybe. 1 7 / ONCE I'VE SETTLED IN. 1 L . fun—hopefully inspiring—itlustration. 0 H J2 .WHAT IS THE SKETCHNOTE HANDBOOK? The Sketchnote Handbook is a simple.v..glo P h o .:.. t W sketchnotes.

how they came to sketchnoting. REACH OUT As you learn from this book.. 6 R i J. I will teckch you the basic principles of sketchnoting. l i ' . O T E S I . I'm not the only person in the world who sketchnotes. but the reo. IT'S Til : . I look forward to hearing what you think of the book and learning about your sketchnoting experiences. I love the sense of community that has sprung up around this process. TO GET STI' LET'S . and I'd love to see how you've taken this process and made it your own.ljoy will come when you start creating sketchnotes and discover how taking notes can unleash your creativity and make paying attention. everyone has their own. X .I plan on hanging out there a lot.THE SKETCHNOTE COMMUNITY Of course. You can view more of my work and contact me through my personal website at rohdesign-com or on Twitter at twitter. even at the most boring meetings. and that's part of what makes sketchnoting so much fun! There's no right way Or wrong wcty to do it.comirohdesign./z) A W . everyone processes information d i ff e r e n t l y . something you look forward to doing. I encourage you to share your own sketchnotes At The Sketchnote Handbook Flickr group (www-flickr-comigroupst thesketchnotehandbook). and a tip or two to help you take better notes. I invited IS of these friends—leading sketchnoters from around the world—to each create a two-page spread for this book that shares a bit about who they are. unique style. and I've made a great many friends through sharing and discussing sketchnotes online and at conferences... I'm amazed and energized by the wide variety of people all over the world who create and actively share their sketchnotes.pter is that everyone sees the world differently.11 tAJ TAKE SOIL.••••• : D . What I hope you'll notice from looking at their work at the end of each cho.




text-only notes I was taking at conferences and in meetings. so I could erase any errors. L. pt • . LINED NOTEBOOK Because I tried to capture every detail..1 making mistakes. A LARGE.. W A S M U S T . I needed large pages t o store all o f that information. The stress escalated as I worked hard to capture IARG! every last detail in very large. I never looked at my notes after their completion. Worse. 6„. P A T E THIS! A PENCIL /was so worried about . T E D by the highly detaited. 3 . lined notebooks. I took hly notes in pencil..SKETCHNOTES WERE BO 44.

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1 ) . . rs0S SUM_ • .J T E a r e They're built from meaningful thoughts and ideas your mind collects and squirrels away during: TALKS 1 1PANELS 10 — I f Experiences 1 •-•( .- SKFTrt • . '.

THIS VISUAL and HOLISTIC APPROACH to note taking engages your mind so you can understand the ideas you're hearing wilile activating your hand to turn those ideas into concrete. BECAUSE YOUR MIND AND BODY ACT TOGETHER. YOU CAN RECALL MORE Of WHAT YOU HEAR AND DRAW. 11 . VISUAL NOTES.

5 1 .SKETCHNOTERS INFUSE THEIR OWN SKETCH TES ts JNALITY o o a c' 0 0 0° . 4 1 0 1 . 1/4# 111 PrusF -K i 1 A Fromdrawing and handwriting style tol the ideas included and how those l ideas are expressed on the page. \ Cooto10 1 " R ere. . 12 . —v— A C o d . EACH SKETCHNOTE IS UNIQUE EVEN THOUGH THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES 1 Of SKETCHNOTING REMAIN THE SAME..

the approach is the same. converting those ideas into visual notes t h a t include both words and pictures. The goal is to forgo the details and instead listen for big ideas that resonate. .How are sketchnotes CEATED? SKETCHNOTES are crectted in real time while listening to a presentation. or panel discussion. MIL-alger JU create sketchnoJs with pen and paper or digitally. and then create a visual map of them. To sketch note. you listen closely to meaningful ideas. consider what the9 mean. talk.

YOU can draw.e . MANY PEOPLE tell me they can't create sketchnotes becctuse they can't draw. \ A P 1 . you just need to awaken your grade schoot Ana They doodle ideas with ease and wilt draw what they imagine without a second thought. THE M I E S T I O N : • • Canyou create sketchnotes? 1 . ( KIDS draw • constantly! • • • You were a kid once: 1bei you -drew like crazy.

as long as their I D A E CONVEYED. They don't worry about how perfect ( their drawings are.1 KIDS1 VAIN TO EXP1SS IDEAS. 15 .

5 asic Elements • CIRCLE S Q U A R L T R I A N G L E L I N E D EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO DRAW CAN BE CREATED WITH THESE 5 ELEMENTS. 16 . Can gou identifg the 5 basic elements in these simple drawings? El' ONCEYOU REALIZE how the objects around you are made from these 5 elements. it becomes easier to draw all sorb of things.

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di0. . • m o w o m o goo. 0 O f t . 16 .0 • • • • • • • • • • dolma a m * l a m p o m m i t • • • • ••••• a n f t • • • • • • • • s 0 o . 0 * m e m o o o r b • • • • SKETCHI\OTES A E WAY TO \ kCsIN USINO AGES I WORDS I Pi / A T E ••••• o f t * ammo . o . owe I M O S .TI wat . • • • • • BAD DRAWING G O O D DRAWING Either wa9 it's still a dog. O • • • • • M O f t e . 1 0 Sketchnoies are aboui capturing and sharing ideas. not about art. .

INSTEAD Of WORRYING ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN'T DRAW. will help 9ou build * your d r a w i n g s k i l l s . The chapters that follow and lots of practice.•Even the roughest drawingscanexpress ideas effectively. START WITH SIMPLE ITEMS YOU CAN D 'PAW. 19 .

IT MAKES SENSE TO TAKE IT SLOW & BUILD ON SUCCESS.•% -• -• 3 . WHEN YOU'RE STARTING ANYTHING NEW.% r c4e."‘. 14 0:. you can add more toots to your visuat-thinking tootbox.%%1 0..0 • t 1.NE IISTEP 1 AT A TIME. add more richness to your notes. s. As you experiment and try out the simple techniques in this book. one step at a time. 0 1 4 Take the first step: Reserve a small area in your regular notes to try some sketchnote techniques — even if it's a drawing of the speaker. • 20 • . and as a result.

Sketchnotes are about ideas. 1 1 N E X . Sketchnotes are rkh. Build on success. circle. -410 Sketchnotes let you add your own personality. You can draw nearly anyhing using just a square. 0 4 Keeping an active mind and body helps you engage and recall more detail later on. creating richer notes. triangle. so used drawings to help express the big ideas. line. visual notes that act as a map of the ideas you see and hear. not art! One step at a time. and dot. —3 Setting limitations helped me become more deliberate with what captured.RECAP got+ Regular notes were frustrating.

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suggests that tile brain processes information using two primary (tunnels: verbal and visual.SKETCH NOT G EllgA(• es YouWHOLEMOND • • •10 THE DUAL COMO THEORY. * V I S U A L ' Concepts as words C o n c e p t s as inick9es 27 . VER5A11. proposed in the 1970s by Allan Paivio.

synthesizing. YOUR BRAIN CREATES AN ASSOCIATIVE LIBRARY of WORDS and IMAGES with MENTAL CROSS-REFERENCES BETWEEN THEM. • •• iLl 28 . YOUR WHOLE BRAIN is absorbed in hearing.WHEN BOTH MODES are ACTIVE. P G C AT < HOUSE •• • • . • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •••••••••••) CAR APPLE SKETCHNOTINe activates verbal and visual modes to capture concepts. and seizing ideas.

like improving your memory and remit. 4 ENO/WING your whole bro.munmeamAP• When your brain codes verbal and visual concepts together. and thinking.SKETCHNOTING C EATES A AMU . 29 . it's also building a visual map of what you are has other positive effects. seeing.

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R A T . there is Tlittle room left for distractions. E N When your mindandbodyare working in tandem.ring helps focus your mina on the present moment.SKETCHNOTING HELPS c r u r C O N CREATING SKETCHNOTES from the ideas you are Cheo.

LISTENIN6 andD 'PAW/NO at thesametime will feel more 32 .Ci) Asyou practice andimprove your sketchnoting techniques.

and mapping those ideas on paper puts me 33 . I'm completely engaged with what i'm listening to and turning into Sketchnates The focused activity of listening. analyzing ideas.WHEN I SKETCHNOTE.

moreeffectively as drawings. . 1 typicat19 .SKETCHNOTING T PS _g a g -ADETAILED A SIMPLE DESCRIPTION DRAWING u ° V . S U LComplexideascan oftenbeexpressed MN)) S I n u l l i t u l l i l l u t l i r t H l t I V I M n i t 1 1 1 A TREEtis a Wood r i perenniat plant.having a 1 single stem or trunk I growing to a I [ I considerabte height F ( E and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.

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I was able to relax.SWITCHIN6:n. listen for key points.2 S ETCHN TES e 11 c 2 LF G E O ) THEMES C U . and capture those ideas • • • • I j 37 J .41Dk S 0 0 O N VISUALLY.

cSKETCHNOTING allows 9ou to relax. o t e s Irn d 4 F mc • 36 .C r e a ti n feeling I get from being The S completely connected while k using my full verbal eand visual thinking skills t keepsme sketchnoting. in the speaker's points. handengage have fun turning what's in your into visual notes you'll want to nhead share and refer to again and again.

you let go of details in favor of large ideas. forming a visuoil map of what you capture.ECAP W M process concepts in verbal and visual modes. montls. and even years later. e o 0 4 Simple drawings can be quicker to create and more effective t 'Ian detailed verbal descriptions. t h. c o Sketchnoting improves your concentration because when you're engaged there's little d room for distraction. i n —3 Practicing your sketchnoting technique again g and again helps it feel more natural. u g NEXT: LISTEN LIPI g e s t 39 . + D Using both modes creates cross-references. u a Your visual map can help you recall details l days. + Sketchnoting can help you get into a zone. r y s--+ Sketchnoting relaxes you.

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0 0 0 .- C \ t h e K E Y S t o LOSTENI o• / FOCUS o s ELIMINATE e MIME SE m e % • your attention on the speaker. 1 6 0 1 . \ % . 1 11 . 11 V 11 . . yourself in the presentation. the distractions around you.

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I research the event. ' i -•a 3 • • • • • • •• • • ••• • • • • • • • • • • o • • • 57 . k y ) e t i m e s I ' l l b wokod . . Before I arrive onsite. especial(9 when sketchnoting People or ideas that I'm new to. t o . and the topic.• •• r 14 •••• • • 6. . .E E A E THESTEPS FOLLOW WHEN SKETCHNOTING EVENTS: I. RESEARCH GIVES ME INSIGHT and confidence. the speakers. iPads are great tools for research before and at an event. S as as anbackup addition o to printed pages i illy electronic research tools.

58 500 1d ig h A f e w years ago.GAME MATE IALS GATHERING KEY MATERIALS before arriving at an event is critical. j u s t in case. and rel9 iPhone to access photos and research motterials. I like to bring two or three Moleskine sketchbooks. Bring spares along to be safe. . ALWAYS BRING BACKUPS You never know when a pen might run out of ink or a sketchbook might get damaged. multiple pens. and to act as a flashlight in a pinch. A book light is useful if the venue is dark. I was a t an event in Chicago when my sketchbook literally came apart at the SEAM& Now!always carry at least one spare sketchbook.

A OVE EA LY I arrive at a presentation eart9 and scout out the best seating. SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROW can reduce anno9ances or disruptions if others are coming in late or leaving eart9. 1 59 . Spots underneath lights and ctose to the front attow me to hear and see the speaker. Seek out a light source. Choose a middle seat.

verif9 spellings. ONCE I'VE SETTLED IINI. I check the topic and the speaker's name. 60 . I like to use my iPhone to find photos o f the speaker f o r reference on my title page. so I can focus on the talk rather than rushing to create a title at the start of the presentation. and sometimes find a photo on vn9 phone to crectte visual19 interesting title page for the speckker or the topic. ready to go.CEATE A TITLE A completed title page. • Mt complete my title iuldfore the speaker begins.

This is N PHInT a great way to immediately share what you've created via social medict.? : S KLA.9c 7 T E When the talk begins. and photos serve as a good backup of your sketchnotes• I like to shoot each page as a single image.E s A. DR4i s t a Z" " " • t V e . 77 ' 176 ei E w oR Gaf T s 2 V 1A " E E qs 4RS . oy ? . k 5rE r P 1al A • r A completed sketchnote.t " 'f t r ". ATIRM6 THATYOU D R u f r e s DO -->iftwd. and start drawing what I'm thinking about as sketchnotes in m9 sketchbook. B ft wqs41 1 • t ? f 1 r 6 a . _i novo "(f 1 . 3 ' T When I'm done sketchnoting.& 8( V 7_ / E 11 R 21 ! . J a n ' A / f U e l e the M E t t n U 7-RA1 ' Hfiti6 AT 15 '14r° R . synthesize the ideas I'm hearing. ". 1 + " ' s'rvA ' L t . I listen. Photos o f single pages provide more detail and are easy to view on mobile devices. 1 A • I shoot photos of m9 I I sketchnotes.N o . 7 VER .R . & . l 4 ) . f .Thrort you LAOHvwd.

and fix any typos or errors in Photoshop• Final scans are exported to PNG formatted files for sharing online. T • 10 • US6 powered scanner Sketchnotes scanned and 62 assembled as a P O F d o c p . T U use the same • PN6 files of my sketchnote scans E to create a P letter-sized.A When I 9et home. erit • • . I scan my sketchnotes at high resolution. ackius $ t he contrast.C. printable PDF S document.

" CA JAN27-30. swicHturrEs out INSPIRATION coirfovot scopkw V A L I .eck:t' s•e 6611z4ez N 8 4 o P f e 1 .CONFE ENCE ORGANIZE share sketchnotes to promote their upcoming events to potential attendees because they capture the event simply and visually. Organizers often like to give away copies of the sketchnotes as PDF documents or printed booklets to their attendees. This created printed as bookiet___"! was a g i f t for the attendees Of SUkritilit Basecamp by the organizers. These after-event documents work SUMMIT BASECAMP well as hand9 offline references. Booklets can also work grectt as a promotional item f o r the organizers.2 01 2 1 1 N G e t C 4i0 z i ° N3 1114.1 4 • /14::cligkeic Ti f f r r w y Shlefiti / I 13.

location. • w • • l • • • • • • • • m • • • • • • • • • • • • • l • • • • ilOU H•ovoto • ft TAKE TIME TO CREATE A TITLE BEFORE YOU M N YOUR SKETCHNOTES. LAI?) • 7 / 1 2." •_ . A mrri t s q 6 . Multiple talks at the same event can follow a consistent design for unity.r476 wRETH'IN1a s tfiemEDilum k e I5-1 t a IERB PIE t OPI -1 i / 1 „ 1.4 k11 4 7 ) .frITE ANATC"" i c I've created a map of sketchnote elements from an existing Jsketchnote so you can see and better understand each element.. 0 4 2 p t 1 2 : 1 -e . / D R u l m s . 1 Wieti-z6 \ 7m ( i n 84grk‘A -• itS )C " H 4 A N t e V W -RiVIVAN 1-e . speaker names./20 1 a • • • • • • • • * . t l e c 9 V 4 1 v • sove. or each speaker's title can be fun and unique.i t A t/ i t 45 t 56 1 ) c 1 k v .. and topic. uel l e ... or*••••••••••• . o . s • 4 / 4 r [ i 4 r iSv E eft' ot s H o w D 4R I Z. ••••• m u . i i t Il T e H 1I N G 1 Ay . date.Rt TRANS LAM lz. I f virfiloil 1 I cop 9 0 1 . *TITLES Titles are ideal for defining sketchnotes• They can include an event name.WeAre .

and even estctbtish a mood. create a hierarchy and structure. 65 .*TYPOS APHY Typography is usefut to emphasize ideas.

66 . A few pen strokes can illustrate complex ideas quickly.* D I M M S & D WINGS Diagrams and drawings make for more interesting elements.

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and so on can help sepctrate ideas from ectch other visually.*HANDW M I 6 Handwriting is helpful for adding a detailed description if a diagram or information is needed. 68 . dotted lines. *DIVIDERS Dividers like rules. creating order and structure.

or text. and the9 can provide a connection between multipte ideas.o a ' s Nei tsk) BoOSet4b6Yrit rtt — .. SANrarAactsA plovvk t bkcig)eyvv) Sitte .*AR OWS Arrows point out detaits and Can help focus attention on specific drawings.—Ape+ w t coupe' B.. t9pograph9.

* i-teA c) Li NE + e o i *ICONS Icons are handy to use throughout a sketchnote document to identify ideas visually as repeating elements. REsi sTEe.Flerad5170W1 I N * O N P E R S TA • N D C O N T 1 ( * L O O K A T 11 .1 A PFArc f. -hrikt/ flo-ra . 70 .c6144-4040( 5.*BULLETS Bullets are useful for identifying a series of ideas or highlighting a single idea among drawings or text.c01 •-* Pt411-1 4 4 P5.E N r f a T . Different types of bultet icons can further define ideas.

*CONTAINE 10) I Containers connect various elehients together in a single grouping to represent an overall idea or topic. *SIGNATURES Signatures are an optional wa9 to identify sketchnotes. 71 y . If you're creating sketchnotes for your own use. no signature is required.

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The title creation was done before the event. I captured "A THING THAT YOU DO. I added a "DO MY OWN THING" concept in the lower-right area. on m9 iPhone. For the f i r s t idea. Here I've f i t t e d "DRUMS WERE MY THING" into this snug space on the right side of the snare drum drawing. Jon Mueller. 73 . Here I emphasized the idea of snare drums being verboten. I've labeled each section with a number and provided a brief a e s c r i p t o n to show wh9 cknd in which order each area was drawn. so m9 f i r s t drawing was of a drum." Jon talked about a snare drum. An arrow points to another idea lower on the page.H1 To help 9ou see the progression of a sketchnote from s t a r t to finish. I'll talk about sketchnote patterns in Chapter 5. using Ck photo of t h e speaker. / W i t h t radial pattern to organize the talk information.SKETCHN sTE frr ret‘pyr rNir.

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so I gave it focus with large. creating a record. and touring the country. so I added it just below the separator. On the second page of my sketchnotes. I added the titte after drawing the image. 75 . Here's another sepctrator using dashed lines. Jon mentioned driving to Boston. This description of Jon's approach to sending sounds through snare drums was key to the presentation. I used a linear pattern for the information with heavier emphasis on drawings and typography. I used a separator to create a break between the top and bottom. ALL CAPS typography. To wrap up my sketchnotes. I used bold type to to emphasize the speaker's final thought.7 SKETCHN tIE from STIVT to FINISH Here Iadded a drawing of Jon's drum setup as I pictured it in M y mind's eye.

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. o g p o p o g i o i p o C M .i i k k •s z v r e* g Aga 0 BuslAess Model ( i5 1 .r PLUS 17 Sketchnotes are beautiful because of their vctriety and personality. o•00r9avtitekTciols) r eE ) I in) ipersovoi pyoctice. T H I N K S . TOP OW1-1Pir DOES y.t o wvoHisr reseore prgryiet if V'C(P r e s p c m d i . i 9 0 'o s Z 1 ' k !v . ntieolviloqfvl? 0 Cottect C C a p i . e oSeen IF v( Y . Each sketchnote is created in a distinct. sketchnotes reveal . t o A i g r e . . "A "d4' a t e s e g g k ro s k e i k• Getting Things Done Sunni Brown g n . 1001LOOKLIKE? person analyzes and processes information. o(' .x i r \ c 6 _ e . v . . . lig ORGANIZE ReMIND6RS REVC ' AN I N v e r s TH iE 1 PRODUCT m commirm ENT. R I Sorrow 0 D :o WEEKLY. 1 7 5 Y If LOOKIMJ AT C SKETCHNOTES — h THEIR i STYLE AND ST c R UNDERSTAND . t s o i r 1 4 c t . : d s • • . ACSI ON. reflecting the person who creates it. y e . and what is most relevant in that person's view.a1 iroRY e2 1\1E i o c v. •• Sketchnotes convey what the person is _ K I N G R hearing. BUT MO 11tki than Just style. D ia Cr J O o i r Ovi-come. J C 85 .P. f oi k *Desired e N s svkat 1 0 0 1 OF HEAD. 1 EXPERIENCE . l .Process ( 0 efi e) v \J D FOCUS. the thinking processes of their creator. a • v e . individual style. how that . doig9 E 2 l too9evVvowgnclows H w DECIDE OUTCOME in ge Ne book.. g of f'DcvE.BETTE HOW o 4 ATHEIR AUTHO m .

V OH LEARN ro PLAy THE CELLO: . .. 8 8 1 0 Pro e / . . . 1 5iTY V i r F O R M U L A O . 11) I " V . r 1 > on a0 . . a 4 THAN THE 1--J0H N S . 4 L Whatever your skill level. .. . .NALL .e . .HMENT . 1 4 . e r ti to a: Z • .: A " .--wAlvr To FRAME. W E . . . . . 1 . don't let these sketch notes 4 discourage you. A A . . + l SEE HIS f 1 .G. . . . beautifully illustrated. . R H E .. .1 2 . have created them. . a 2.'N t .. • „ . ._ .A s.J 11 ___________ < 9 o6 / AIO 1 . U 3 N + .N 1 4 P ? .. look to them f o r inspiration and idecks. ON 1v A N PL/IY.. .. .t t v. L E A R N To P LEAY p" p T rNSTP.-. A T HE N E l a o A r HAND. i 7 PAD.1 4 L D. and work to improve your skills. E T twmed 1 . . A 0 R JULY 10-12. ..) R ISA S011000A16 R N I N 9P Om6 NEwrs I • 0 .) / M S • C •h OF1#3_k. L 1 . be happy with where you are. keep in mind that you're Just starting as a sketchnoter.. S Gerren Lamson • 1 3 1 E 4 E b W o1r l d 1 V ... . A 0 O 0 0 . t . .effiammaLE" PICILIVELopERs. . NEWORLEANS.. R p / Arj F +..mmER.Ro ..164 &EARNING! 6 ------ . T . Professional illustrators and designers. a 1 edegzebt 4 . [t SR ? TR 4 INISFACE CHANGES AccoRDINO To ! A C1113EEWEATER . . . . . . . Create L K sketchnotes and have fun.P=•' Prl' You may notice that many of the sketchnotes in this book are . .„ ++A p9" ) 4„ 41 J 0A( Sellt. t i c r N R M M 2 u s i c r 1 ) PtE 1 0 . ) 2 0 . . 1 A . . ..." t . Instead.0 t0 l a QttWh ttr u .1-11EsouncEP7411NESS + NETWOLK = 6 1 6 3 L I o ' 1 hnow wRat3E1TER13. The c I1 ZAPSCHOOIS. . P I . w E A 7 . L r P. . . .. . . with years of visual experience. 4 : K L TTiE SZT FEEDBACKTS A LtA IlOa 1 / P . . L A . i l e r: r ALL CAN'T PLEADMUTIC. L . U RAARIK'S . c LovE . ." 2 I 0 "I 1 L b 2 y + f 86 j i g T im e6 v.D1yAN28 N.t a tv . m Low caw. . • • . . FRr An 71" cDak 0A-----.ILit7jAND Muss : . M 4 k Y ) ' . 4 " ' and .. g IF4YOU'RE NOT A N ARTIST. . L R . D ..WIHIOSEIN .

87 .1 AFr STIRWIJR7 A helpful way to keep your current skills in perspective is to view sketchnotes the.t progress across a continuum: SIMPLE G O O D ARTWORK A l l T W O R K FANCY ARTWORK 1 1 GOOD G O O D GOOD STRUCTU E STRUCTURE STRUCTURE ALWAYS GOOD SIN( R E REGA'sDLESS of ART QUALITY.

Although the art mcky be more refined. these sketch notes use structure to capture ideas effectively on the page.AT ONE END OF THE SCALE you'll see ideas represented as rough drawings by regular people. the key to a sketchnote is a logical organization that makes sense and captures the ideas. Even using simple drawings. AT THE M I END you'll see beautiful illustrations created by experienced professionals. 88 .

1 THINK OF ST Lit asMEATand 6 TAT ES. 89 .7 .•n . AND TANCY it Ias the VY N T P.

SKETCHN P TTE S In the last five years I've reviewed many sketchnotes and have found that most fall into a few patterns: LINEAR RADIAL VERTICAL pr PATH MODULAR POPCORN 90 SKYSCRAPER .

O M 7C : m " _ e \ e 0 Cy np .-. \VACc?\I 4/Mtkl A r A m t N A\ CIA C-e. Gb:. .3wfo . GEOFTREI 0 . .3.ortd \A_Ga_VA e. 3 0 r amcVi a U c k S .n0 e5 n c 0 ko. z a„ 6 6 % P.5v4 5 c .e r 4 . /crt uDgiv tck . the linear sketchnote format shows information dimonall9 from the top left to the bottom right of a page or spread of two pages..A c C u A t i c14%—Q-A Vc _ kO.aie3 cor4 m2o \bL. r e ' r w t t l 05 1 2 3 S1 . e w *A I A v I4 cc e Crld V 1v . 6 e . O R A 90ri c w.C%-lvAi•ence_ c .' -t\ J\ 0 . . s . 0 -c.. INJaNA T3 o-v9e1-. .4 1 v. (\co/ +0 c0A-'1 a-hom. . Is/10.9J 6R A f'or .v v 1 1 NiE 6 e t : .Fottowing the pattern of a printed book.. c 91 .v c t 4 Y .-casQ.-)o.0.r .ck k V (kk 1 ) G o N \ vsave..ve_ O v e A a p DqUc.8 A . . 1 \ A 0 \ A / . e e 2 M a t t &tiara • OzIA200r1 0tAe5 Ct\ gE FO Lt '8 art—voro. g 4 8 o s PA\ c VA t gO Aol l \ iI s .S c A c a y v-\ceA PC \ aa el n 'lesA. 0_ A e r . a 2 0 c/ ' (1 8 e--V .

(7ttts p et e C a lt r U g te e Mike Rohde •l SXSW Interactive 2010 e i6 . linear two-page spreads I use in hardcover sketchbooks.ASk toirselff fa 90 sgoimkt.v5) W e A' h W (coivime MI . R o Z w K i l o o f ( i (CLoo.141 t htelw U k c -will E Suse ) b e d) q Ags i 7 a ff e d * / by type ? / q-/o 6 °What ds b e e k e t i k/7/ n •1 o e r Fonts as 51HiOES: n AKA e t Act 9 h .11 n 9 d / i V GebStoK 2r_ti WebTyp raph. fe4 a .-c P n OUreSee f o fmtm W E : 7 ciesbn SAM Flis — r Aeget9oLargi9phon 4 4 OTHER RES S e e l < iSm^ M A t t r i r HA efiatifrfreil •A 0 ESTIONS°.9 4Tigpography15 HOW cii:f weGAS 2WE5DES11611vER MAxe ryPe AGER 5 iPAIRTof ouR CRAM 92 1 1 b r K e b t s Ara e l - .THE M E M PATTERN is what I typically use for My sketchnotes for two reasons: I like the stor9-like.W7 (peNtvi ((4e.

d' i / 1 1 N " at p l e it z . t 01 1 o 11 n 1•s .A.SKETCHNOTING in a linear pattern frees you to use as many pages (As needed to capture ideas.IS z NI A 71 m r I N Y P E B R E 1-1.03Q.VE 'OONIC 5 I D E PROJECT5 Z 7 5 ITIA135 0 HAVE M E C Ii 3 Gerren Lamson • SXSW Interactive 2011 • 0 1 D O O N E r-rttala P 2 -+a i f 01\15 = m L e moTniATI r 4 d iAW > na s0 s . JUS DON'T U N OUT a PAOr sIDEFJ9. It's atso easy to read. 1•" 1 1 93 .1 1 i •. because it foltows standard book structure that's been used for hundreds of years.t e t Le o t nr r o.

HOWEVER. IY 'HIV10500TOr I N N O V d SCHOOLWA AT o S T E IG . . provides more ftexibility• N C 1* P R >. . . tM M I 44 a Carolyn Sewell • TypeCon 2011 aegin4onelai ab ? ea t 9 1 4 N ISNIMENS k i l i a c l " E D S T b B E . whereas the free-form radiat sketchnote pattern. discussed next. the rigid ftow of linear sketchnotes cctn limit la9out options. i H N I E N L N I• HEisyroWl 1 N T • . F l 11111 E BOOLESIGN WOODD/PeR - V e t % ° 6 1 . -O M tFt a Ia tL B L -1 I 3 & 1 1 1 d E NKrBUREAU i s TBSPORARSIM L•tR I t E M II N ØIC4. 1 CPICe S i t i i 1 (1" 1 n1 el 1 V I T HI I N r UNTION: dr i4 1 T e1f1 a at g r .

The center of IR radial sketchnote may feature t h e name and drooming of the speaker or speakers who are presenting idects. t HU.. 95 .ES 1 S H E S THE H OVE L L CONCEPT .L L H U B . The radlial pattern rought9 follows the structure o f a bicycle wheel with the hub at the center and spokes radiating outward. . or the central topic.rArmAtt. AND E IDEAS CleEATE A C E DIATIN6 PATTERN MOVING OUTWARD h FAO M THE CENT .

. 0 00 0 0 ' . ' -- '1•4"b•fti•. and the hub doesn't need to be in the center of the page. This pattern can appear as an organic shape and still follow a hub-and-spoke structure. 96 .A R A D I A L SKETCHNOTE doesn't have to be a perfect circle. 41 zz le tz za tt e0 0 ._ --•••••••— SYMMET IC A S Y M M E T IC CIRCULAR and EQUALIZED ORGANIC and UNEQUAL RADIAL CHNOT{ • aN.

L c i A rj( 1 2 4 92 I . / [ tNI 1 CATS 5 we/A ai M t 9 .THIS f D I A L SKETCHNOTE FEATURES THE SPEAKER'S NAME AND TALK TITLE AT THE TOP-LEFT CORNER. 0 ( 1 0 ) i . ) r( 6 .oHouNit. V 1 0 1 cFgoii i e . N C 3 USA Dougt CLiCKED yooK i r f i L E AND1 14 PoESw'r SHoN4 VP EIIst l A t o N T vo? 3 o B $ (oReckTiAe. SrN E P \ I O 11 ) U . 0.1c \ C A s f I N A .Wog 1-1) NE I F . I D E cyl S t S u1 l .) v 97 .1(9000" 0 N 1 N A W E S M d Hische Eva-Lotta Lamm • Jessica 1 ) 4 . S . 1r5 V P v c D t f f ( c H 0t K .sE. S .

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99 . clockwise.because the information is structured in a complex. d o t e s can sometimesmakea reader work a bit harder to comprehend the pattern of ideas. counterctockwise. Ach. or random patterns can work well w i t h the radiat sketchnote format.THE A D VA N TA G E of a radioa format is the freedom to add i n f o r m a t i o n wherever it fits in an outer spoke. Because all of the spokes are connected to the central hub. nonlinear way.

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4 1 .7 1 X PPM 1 — C H. ribWORILD 2012 0 . o . pk t / z< K Eh a nd B Fo EEP LOACK IS A LEARNING C - p4 E. c_b:IVATION LEA ' f l „ . _ g t . N E S S + A L P T L e l l O A K W O 3 - . Aki 2 8 r . !. • A . „ DAPVHY PAR'S A Il C C A R I N E X A L L C A N ' T READ Alt(trC. . [APPLAUSE) f ! .1111••••.4 1. . . . . Each module holds separate bits of information or different speakers within a larger event. E T H A N TBE N4Out. . 2 (! ) elitgza .08.1 & ) f e t e r • C.1o ” tRinc/SAI is ASCHOOL/A/6)Nf i t P -I+ A 5 EE His E.E Lute-I >OoO c u A l 0 77ik• FoRmuLA K. V Gerren Lamson • E31)World 2012 t m o u / Q 106 a r lumuave H :10Dai“ (1404talLarilde. . A + 1 m to N o G.. P S . A N D . H A .) a-w-t m o . • W A t i r r 0 L E A A N TO P L A Y 0 1 TO p t 4 y ANA v i A .I pAARIK'-S s CHM AtE 7ATER .t E 'S p1 a cN c lA m O o l Do ? t t Ai o . ASL L Y . "ril l A AcoES \ c 2)- CII vEtz5US ['EARNING' . t1 NEWORLEANS. KNOW N • T • ._ M The modular pattern divides a single page or spread of pages into distinct regions or modules.. J A N T DIGITALOVELOPERSLLL w tAt n e ti ro .17tbE S I T i1_ z t 2 t l t . L A B 1 E 0 I.PaS o .I . .SpwasErm„ . .NALL F V O L V E S y ELFAIAN. ) V I A N E2N T y o u p O H T H A V E T n .MAN PLAy I n c E L L Q : M JI J 7 E . 4 0 . r t ? . SCI-11001. H A N S Z I M M E R . J2 R t 0 a . ' T r A u — O R 1. . FILMMAKER + VISUAL LEARNEg/TEAuklEA" " Itil LAYr To LEARN a E r s /N THE 14/P1 EtA0 . A LA .g.r s . oF [ p l U o 1 4 ) -TilE I N T L LOvE + R E S o U l l a r t .) W I T 0.1 A JULY 10-12.• h . N. • C 1 a I 0 2 .. T 8 E 8 R 1 E s .

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• C 108 m t t r " m S b •••• .\IGLE MODULAA SPLUCTURE. PARTICULARLY IF YOU'RE CAPTURING SEVEN' L TALKS WITHIN A 51.A3 i t v . IDEA 1 t 1 PEA IDE. 06 V P •“. I m [ 2 I i u 1 N 3 T oA L running out of room with a IM odular sketchnote Avoid I by estabtishing the module spaces before you begin.A MODULAR PATTERN can work well if your goat is to organize information in a grid-like pattern or if you have many presentations to capture in a limited area. ( You can base them on the number of spectkers or topics being 1 covered at the event. A f 0 We'." I I>FA r \ HOWEVEI USING MODULAR PATTE19 5 CAN LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION YOU CAN SKETCHNOTE.

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PrR The skyscraper pattern is similar to the modular approach but divides the page into a series of talt. 11 use a vertical column for each speaker and add the person's name or portrait. 1 E ItILII ItILII MANAGING A SKYSCO3. Remember to pace yourself with the limited space of a skyscraper sketchnote. simply add each person's comments into the appropriate column. TO CREATE A SKYSC 11 PER SKETCHNOTE. Work on boiling down the idea S K E T C H N O T you're hearing to its purest essence. When the panel discussion begins. Focus on the key phrases and PER words that are 'meaningful. which contain separate bits of information. vertical panels. Names & Faces comments 0 . DUD This pattern can work great for panel discussions where multiple people are speaking at different times. F. E 110 —r -O M ' . 0 0. Tow N t A v x 5 t / E Z O H N M A R : f v 2. ECapture \1 I. Fitt out the page To H N M A R X H ( .F71pzi7! r• 0 CP •!7( 3.

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there is more emphasis on capturing information and less emphctsis on ptckcing it in a specific location. io 'NEVER. THE RANDOM ARRANGEMENT OF THE FREE—FORM POPCORN PATTERN CAN MAKE YOUR SKETCHNOTE MORE DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW BECAUSE OF THE HAPHAZARD PLACEMENT OF INFORMATION. 115 .WITH THE P O P C O I N PATTERN. This approach can focus your mind on seizing ideas without worrying so much about their ptacement.

5. Theseseven are starting points to help kick-start your sketchnoting skills. ' T E S AND TO . 116 .-••••••••• ELI The patterns I've described are just some of the main ways you can structure your sketchnotes. P A R T I L A A R 5ITUA7IL.41. MATCH. AND DEVELOP YOU" OVIAI PATTERNS. EXPERIMEN M I X . ACH PAM" F I N ! ' YOUR tt.

expressing the creator's personality. -k. —+ I f you're not an artist.NEXT: SKETCHNOTINGAPPROACHES. e Try each one to learn how different i patterns work in different situations. a —+ y The seven common sketchnoting patterns s are Linear. and Popcorn. 111 4 regardless of your artistic skills. A —* Even if you're just starting to draw.ECAP o o 0 4 Sketchnotes blend style and ilinking. c . m HIERARCHY. Vertical. AND PERSONALIZATION o t e w 117 . Modular. you l can make great skeichnotes with simple w drawings and a good framework.) Each pattern has benefits and drawbacks. s Skyscraper. use professionally illustrated sketchnotes as a model to inspire your own sketchnotes. Path. Radial.

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REAL-TVNit SKETCHNnirES WO-STA61 SKETCHN BOTHAPPROACHES emphasize the use of visual elements and stress the imporEance of baking personality into your sketchnotes.THEREARE TWO DIFFERENT APIPPPOACHESTO CAPTURING SKETCHNOTES. . 123 .

LIKE THESE: YOUR J I ' . When I into the speaker. listening for big ideas. and s9nthesizing n d / converting I'm hearing into visuat notes. and many other sketch noters. create sketchnotes live and in reat time. E X C E "I've ' V (SUM. tT u nI eO d 12 1 N A L L Y . NOTES.( 0 ' EA! TIME S ETCH T I N G I.WHOLE eTO n t .. • TYPOGRAPHY • DIAGRAMS • BULLETS m • DIVIDERS • ICONS f • DRAWINGS o c D• HANDWRITING • ARROWS • CONTAINERS u s e dI .. w o r k i what n g SKETCHNOTING LIVE IS LIKE TAKING NOTES i n t7 h e A m o m TOOLBOX OF VISUAL ELEMENTS .001-130X .

ACTICE THAT IMP 'THE MORE YOU DO IT. W I T H R E 125 . THE BETTER LISTENING SKILLS. O V YOUR E S PATTEIPAI RECOGNITION. 0* . It does mean you must be engaged N A N in the presentation to decide what key information is worth capturing and what isn't. TOSS LIVE SKETCHNOTING IS A Pit.Working in real time meansyou're listening for bigideasas you work. AND DRAWING SKILLS WILL GET. 8 1111111181111111111E O REAL-TIME SKETCHNOTING KEEP is not cks hard as it may sound.

0 THEBIGGEST BENEFIT Of LIVE SKETCHNOTING when event IS D NE. • YOU 4 A 11:11 OR r E 126 Erna .

NOT 1 IIN6 This0first variation of the two-stage approach to sketchnoting begins with real-time sketchnotes captured in pencil instead of ink. i E . 6 This is 6k good time to add color with markers. P r " 1 L T e l I N K A P P . the sketchnoter inks over the A pencil lines. fine-tuning them and adding original detail. pencil.4F71 Some sketchnoters use-the second approach and create their notes in two stages — capturing rough sketchnotes firstC andhthen I enhancing or re-creating them at a later time. S At aTlater time. or paint.

128 . You're still capturing notes in real time. you're working through your idects twice. but you have the additional task of inking every pencit line again to complete your sketchnotes• PENCILli41 2 ETCHNOTES MAY LET YOU COte/atECTE S BUT IT CANALSO TAKE g TWICEAS MUCH TIME AS CiglATIN6 INKED SKETCHNOTES. which means they are reinforced in your memory.WITH THE PENCiL TO INK APPROACH.

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However. Rou1ghmot T esO 2. c o . H o t n a . this tYta9 be a good 1 wa9 to ease into sketchnoting.t-time. For some. which ma9 R help 9our comprehension.of the two-stage sketchnoting A second variation approach uses rough notes of text and visuod elements. " which are redrawn as final sketchnotes at a later time. . like the pencit to ink O method. A C REAL-TIME SKETCHNOTING H TWO-STAGE SKETCHNOTING 0 130 IHOUR 2 . Redrawn Notes R E F I N E D A P P YOU ARE PROCESSIINIG NOTES TWICE. inked sketchnotes.r-r . this approach will likely take twice as much time as creating reo. 1 This approach puts 5 less evrtphasis on Making perfect sketchnotes on the spot.

° ?limx6i/01-1-00 t o P c i C 1 6 0 f e m AND 11..m(11 A R o c r FoRcit4 ' 00(1• viAsi 10-0 1 Pfaiem 1 tE • -G E T I 1 1 4 a . i j o g (.--#1-0 „ V•ki14 et 1 prsli• IT'S OK TO EXPERIMENT with two-stage sketchnoting if you're concerned\ about mistakes or you want to explore sketchnoting at aL slower pace.ipic)i CATES U-1. 51 . 4s4 2 tptjgf ' A • ..4 S 1 A P O f t N o LAOA Decao 01*. SINLCIY: RE .. sTF'tcH. „ . 0 0 : (nee 9p0 b 9 o . 41 5 11EA S : „5.Rough Note s Je.y • . 4C• 7.. l ' "E44 H i • .It 1 1 1) • 1 1 1 1 V C1 1 1 c PI 1 • 1 1 1 e ik•vh. / L.7c 0 • • . / 6a-141( i t ' .Mu v 1 3 i i'N'iVite RW 1 I 4 C t. # ' A 1 f i 4 f..It . ø c g F .„. 1 K PsEcCit 6 L j . 4 1 ' T H O a 1-1 OS . Q".. i t ... 141.t(l gi1. . But don't get stuck there. t E 5 . \. 1 q (t.. . 4 Lovt t • • ? A w l ..1„ . oN• I'm tNIERt.9er1a l ( E —N•1. if l i lo _ i _ T A R C U 1 OVIIII. ' 1 • A 0 h .. (•. „ . 4 % f 4 . 5 ' .400. : 1. 1 l • 1 i • • : . EGAi-vE vtivizO.0 .ISittkKt155DiSt. . 1 I* t 0 4 1 4 143a .fv... " A V O I r 131 .. 0 E I L . e Real-time sketchnoting with ink is easier than you may think.REA-1111. i : t ' s . k o 0A .. : k R % Redrawn Noites . . Ft 1 -o f 01-fD 0 1 if . E 0 t R e I l l .•4 . . ( f 514 2ok m 12 r . ..


Defining a hierarchy helps you. to understand the importance of the. HEADLINES describe the broad subtopics. DESCRIPTIVETEXT adds more detait • BULLETPOINTS separate and define detail.E TING A1111E1•••••••-• When you create sketch notes. otnd others reading . Is to construct a logical hierarchy of information. one of your key tasks . E The Subhead vtoti• level kierayttly istrt *Bulk+ roiviir ewe * Sub14t4to vticter *The 0 (eccr iptiR 4 e x i - . E AM. 01lf SPEAKER NAME and topic name set the overall context. SUBHEADS add detail to the headline's meaning.i 9our sketchnotes.information you've captured.

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) . The Second Concept c.I ----' . here are some hands etements you can use to emphasize hierarchs.. Bold tgpe helps draw the e e to important ideas. The First Concept 2. 1Fp. Second sub item Numbers work welt f o r providing a more structured hierarchy. F I A To help guide the reader's ese through the ftow of sour sketchnotes. First sub item b. n . 4 — U s i n g ALL CAPS is another wag to bring (Attention to i m p o r t a n t ideas. 4 . 135 .Icons are great for marking keg ideas on t h e i r own Or in buffeted lists.

iketchnotes don't have to beneuiral. because they reveal what the sketchnote and r wthinking a s during the creation process. h e a r i n g 136 t . personal opinions expressed and embeddedin sketchnoir are intriguing. In fact. your opinion naturally comes into ptaY• Your Personality determines the decisions you make about which ideas to capture and what those ideasmean to you. passing along exactlY is said by the spectker — nothing more and nothing less. IN SIGNLANGUAGEINTERPRETING. the interpreter is charged with staying neutral. Sketchnotes are personal. . When you're hearing and processing ideas.PEP"Au2Aerrk.

PERSONALIZATION TIPS Here are a few ideas for injecting your personality into the sketchnotes you create: COMMENTARY If you agree. if you disagree With an idea. capture your thoughts. Opinionsembeddedin your sketchnotescanbecomeahandy reference for rememberingthose thoughts later on. or better yet. 137 .

OL002%0A y 0 ) 138 ursl .._. pla9 with graphical elements like swirls.---- - • '...._. You might use flourished script text and unusually shaped containers or icons. Have fun! WHIMSY Experiment with the style of type and elements you use as you sketchnote..-- . share your thoughts in context with the idea. or stars to emphasize ideas. Include humorous people. lines.. cartoon charctcters.HUMOR If you find something that you hear funny.. or objects along with your humorous comments...

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but adds more detail through type.) Two-stage sketchnoting combines notes that are captured in a rough form first. ----) Use hierarchy and personalization to make sketchnotes unique and interesting. and are either refined or re-created later on. relevant ideas you hear. --. drawings. and whimsy are great ways to personalize your sketchnotes. —+ Practice and repetition improve your real-time sketchnoting skills. and other visual elements. am* Sketchnoting is founded on traditional note taking. Tara* Skeichnotes don't have to be neutral. NEXT: SKETCHNOTIN6 SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES . humor.0 ECAP 0 e 0 4 Real-time sketchnoting focuses on capturing the big. Opinion.

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in this chapter, you'll learn:
i+ How to draw using the five bask shapes
How to draw people simply and quickly
How to draw faces and expressions
4 How to create four different typefaces
4 How to improve your penmanship
4. How to draw various visual elements
4 How to build your mind's visual library
4 Which tools to use for sketchnoting
Tips for sharing your sketchnotes



remember that sketchnotes are about capturing and sharing
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THAT'S RIGHT! You can draw pretty much anything you can imagine with just five basic drawing elements TheFIVE BkAC 1 L A 1 4 THIS SIMPLER WAY of creating images is often a relief for non-artists who want to add drawings to their sketchnotes but think they can't draw. 150 .

triangles.FOR THE IDEA-FOCUSED DRAWINGS you want add to to sketchnotes. lines. drawing complex ideas by building them with simple squctres. circles. Can you spot the five elements in each of the following figures? House 1 Pencil Earth Ca t Car iPhone B o o k Factorg Laptop Satetlite Radio TV Dog Lightsaber Robot 151 . and dots is a handy technique.

152 . te. •ILL UST" y • •focus INSTEAD on QUICKLY C SIMPLE D'eAWINGS P ofTthe IDEAS 'EA IN IN YOLP HEAD 6 usingthe 5 basicelements. museum q .u a l i/4 t\Ti NS. • C • • .•ATOE •IP)flATE:• • THAN . .1 .

speed and effectiveness are critical. Whert 9c:wire working live.M• P I ' T I V 7 5 FANCY ILLUSTRATIONS E 1 r I T E M S 5 SIMPLE DRAWINGS Woman 11 Laptop Lapt op Tree Pie Chart Pie C h ar t o Book Book Simple drawings by Mike Rohde Fancy illustrations by Greg Newman FANCYILLUSTRATIONS AND SIMPLE DRAWINGS conve9 the same ideas. 153 . but simpler drawings are quicker to create.

CAR CLOCK BOOK LAPTOP COFFEE M U G B O AT IGLOO C AT DOG TRUCK TRAIN TRACTOR LIGHTBULB EARTH S AT U R N M O U N TA I N TREE HAMMER WRENCH HOUSE 0 15 1 . If you get stuck.IFPIE BASIC ELEMENTS Err"iSr Now it's time for you to draw! In the grid below. triangle. use the five basic elements—square. skip to the next word. circle. and dot—to create drawings of each word in the grid. line.


etc.D W I N S PEOPLE Drawing people quickly is a great skill to learn. Follow these four easy steps: Draw the head Draw a star-shaped body 11 4 1 4 4 0 Complete the body 4 3 Add faces. There are Virta119 WayS to draw people — s h o w you the two quickest ways- THE STAR METHOD This method is used by professional graphic recorders f o r its speed and simplicity. clothes. 156 . hair.

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THE6111'(. and several lines. Draw a Head Draw a head as a circle or an oval at the top of the neck line. draw a neck as a line at the top of the rectangle. Fottow these six easy steps: Draw a Body Start by drawing the person's body as a rectangle. keep the neck short. 156 .8 If METHOD Dave Gray taught we another way of drawing people using a rectangle. 1 Draw a Neck Next. which can be straight up and down for a format pose or at any angle for an active pose. The position of this rectangle sets much of the body's attitude and direction. Make sure there is enough room inside the head f o r a face. an oval. I love this way of drawing people because it's quick and attows for embellishment if I have extra time.

159 . a nose. Use simple lines for the feet.Draw Legs Using lines. Bend the legs at the knees as needed. For the nose. and a mouth. add legs to the body because legs suggest the body's gesture more ctearty than arms. draw arms in relation to the rest of the body. bending at the elbows. 0 Draw Arms Next. a simple line works welt and can be pointed in the direction your person is looking. A simple line works welt for hands. Draw a face Finally. use simple lines and dots to draw eyes. Have fun adding more detckits to your person once the basic structure has been created.

I n cand i sother e details — have fun! S TA N D I N G RUNNING 'Ilk WALKING 160 JUMPING . I've w r i t t e n some suggestions in the open grids to challenge 9ou a bit. Tr9 adding clothes. . shoes. hats.use the Gra9 Method to draw people.PrOPLE E r In the grid below.


ft.0 1 \ •.\ . . 162 •. a triangular nose.p r i A l p r N r t a : \ fr47(12% My friend Austin Kleon has a way of drawing faces using a few straight and curved lines for eyebrows and mouths. . • ' N . .\* s• • •m•. ••••\ c N • .... .-I \. 0 / f t . Using these etements in a bingo grid. 1 f .J s• '.. . \ t' " N•__\• ..\ • ... you can quickly create nine different facial expressions: EYEBROWS • • m • • • • • • • ... " .. ... and dots for eyes.••\ f ..._... .•••••• \..

IRAININC FACES Er :IcV• Now it's your turn to create faces using Austin's approach: •••••••Moimmeigodomet 0. m . a 0 n ot o o m e r n el m a Next. . try thokt same technique on some blank faces: 163 .

•"'•'M E S Exercise Now it's time to create more faces. BIFF TEX BOB 164 4 7 . I've provided a few eye and mouth options. but feet free to make up your own. MOUTHS A y % 'Cr> BUFFY MOZZY FRED BIANCA FRANKIE M A I THE FACIAL EXPESSIONS CAN YOU CtsEATE? . EYES elt1/4 e g N .

Pawing TYPE TYPE TY rrnIVPA 165 .

single-line letters are great for establishing sections within a sketchnote. Uppercase cknd lowercase single-line lettering is especickltg effective when used for headlines. drawing single-line lettering is easy and quick. AND LET THE LETTERS FLOW ONTO THE PA6E.tu W I N G TYPE A great way to immediately improve your plain text notes is to emphasize words with hand-drawn typography. 166 . JUST RELAX. Plus. In fact. . WHEN DRAWIN6 TYPE. small. 1 • • • • • • • • • • • • • stsAAL. you can create bolder or larger letterforms by hand in four easy ways: SINGLE-LINE LETTERING Using a single line.L L E T T E R I N G L4r3e Isiffierirt9 • Alt caps. these clean headlines can draw attention to a section you'd like to emphctsize in your sketch notes.

you can create bolder type. black letters. adding a second line next to it Next. and then fill in the gap with ink for bold. C You can also draw the type as a single line. slow down and deliberately create each character: A B C D E P C . ) H I JLETTE K LV N TWO-LINE By drawing two lines in parallel.great thing about learning the single-line type method is The that many of these type crecttion methods are based on it. you can close the ends of each character with a small line. NEVER HURRY. . DRAW V J R Liz i TERS WITH CONFIDENCE.When crectting single-line lettering.

and then fill in the gap with ink for very bold.7 1 - TRIPLE-LINE LETTERING This bold lettering style begins with a single-lined letter._ _ _ _ _ _ START SIMPLE & BUILD UP i Using the single-line lettering method allows you to quickly convert your letters to two. dom.. . and then two lines are added on either side of the center line. even at a later time. - As with two-line lettering.- ( Alt three of these lettering methods start the same wag.or triple-line lettering. 3 1 6 0 0 1 0 1111 0 1 .. simply by adding more lines... you can close the ends of each character with a small line. black letters. . 168 .

Block lettering works well on title pages or when you want to emphasize a key point.. SPEEDY OAEADO. i Started but incomplete SPEEDY N O N E Cornpteted at a later time 169 —ea . This is fine — just remember to finish the words you've started drawing when the sketchnote is completed..BLOCK LETTERING The block lettering approach requires a little more practice. skill.. block lettering is a nice way to create a strong impression.0110111111• Regutar btock lettering Drop shadow added f B i l o l c l k e d lettering in WITH ALL of these hand-drawn lettering approaches... and time. When used properly. . you may need to start the first few letters and leave the rest for later.

triple-line. Use these pages to practice creating single-line. SINGLE-LINE LETTERING: ABC abc TWO-LINE LETTERING: A P 3 C a b L 170 .m\WIINI6 TYPE Exerre Practicing hand-lettering techniques will help you quickly create type for your sketchnotes in a meeting. and block lettering. two-line.


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It took me months of practicing lowercase letter writing to get comfortable with it again. 10 YEARS AGO i wrote only in ALL CAPS block letters after abo. you'll still need legible handwriting to capture detctited idects in your sketchnotes.0 + s of protc WAS T H e NoRNA k e t R o o t ottebreAtc• FOK tice ME YVARSAGO• -RAPt+ tutloif: My otd ALL CAPS handwriting My lowercase handwriting MIKE'S PENMANSHIP TIPS: Here are a few tips that help me when I need clear. one at a time.Although large typographic elements work great for highlighting sections and ideas.ndoning lowercase handwriting. legible writing: Practice Just a few minutes a day does the trick. . if your handwriting is rough and illegible. Don't rush! Relax Loosen your grip and relax your arm tension as you write. So. you Can change it! Just take it slow and keep working on it. ALL cips LETTERING I . Slow Down Focus on each letter.

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using the exercise sheets in this chapter. This visuat exercise challenges you to imagine things in your mind's eye and then draw them as simple objects. coffee maker. 176 . KEEPP . you learn and practice drawing all the visual elements As you've explored in this chapter. or stapler. Learning these techniques is a great way to acid selections to your visual library. computer. -• .1r7 • I V 1AP . Imagine your toaster. FOR EXAMPLE. obscure items and draw ectch one in the book using the five basic drawing etements. and draw it. a pocket notebook — even the back of junk mail envelopes. Another activity is to chatlenge yourself to draw items from memory when you have some downtime. C T you've I C filled the visuat library Once exercises I N G in this book. keep your mind in practice by creating new visuat librar9 objects using Wank sheets of paper. use your memory and draw objects from your kitchen and office. Push your mind to think of small. you're actucttly building a visuat library of items. sticky notes.

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I like to use humorous ideas for drawn metaphors because funny images are surprising and more likely to stick in your head. or wild drawings for your metaphors._ _ _ HOT HEAD . WORLD PEACE WORLD WIDE WEB BUCI<ET LISTS THE KEY TO CREATING METAPHORS Let your imagination have free rein when you're sketching metaphors. Don't be afraid to use crazy. apparent19 unrelated idea. METAPHORS SHOULD BE BOLD & FUNNY The most successful metctphors I've captured as sketch notes have been bold and a bit Over the top.p miNe !I\IF7A051-fr) S Metaphors are figures of speech that use the attributes of a known idea to describe another. • •••3 JOHN LOST HIS HEAD TIME FLIES 182 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 • 1 1 1 1 1 • 1 1 1 1 = . silty. . The vvlost absurd drawings I've created for sketch notes are often the most memorable. Good metaphors lean on vivid imagery.


fot An9 paper or notebook. I use pocket-sized Moteskine sketchbooks becctuse the9're smatl and can take a beating in m9 pocket or backpack. Moteskines nave a pocket in the back for storing business cards. . which resists bleeck-through even with beav9 inking. MOLESKINE SKETCHBOOK Moteskine sketchbooks nave heavy paper stock. etc. pencil or pen will work just fine for sketchnoting. However. HEA VY 1INKING 0 6 1 1 2 An elastic strap keeps rA9 sketchbook shut. there are pens and papers that work better for some than others. \. A h6km/9 bookmark lets nen a r k where I l e f t o f f sketching.

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129 3 4 five basic drawing elements. M . 5g Gray.6 7 skills f o r creating.16 facial f.I57-15q researching beforehand.1 6 dual coding theory.160-161 making sketchnotes at. drawing. .170-171 single-line lettering.5 3 . 54-55. 62. 1 6 . 7g.154-155 4 9 -finding 1 5 2 in drawings. 7g.166-167 tips for q u i c k l y. Jessica.1% focusing attention. 154-155 ideas conveyed through.162 eyes. Dave. IS.167 . f r u s t r a t i o n with note taking. 5 2 . Veronica. lOct George.I65-171 block lettering. 5 7 . 6 6 . expressions.161 exercise on. 27-2g. 153 five basic elements of. 61 Gray method of.6 2 graphic recording.174-175 drawings fancy vs. 63 experimenting with sketchnotes.114. e l t -3t i-p1p6e d markers. Pt gathering materials for. simple.exercise on.I6. 1 6 two-line lettering.164 F faces basic elements for.1g7 Erb. 1 6.I51 fixing/tuning sketchnotes. xv.16.157-15q grid-like patterns. See also typography cl drawing visual elements. 57. 60 drawing type.15 Gray drawing method. lOg 201 . drawing. 23 s t a r method of. exercise on using. g5 grade school doodles. 1 4 . g 0—gl Esch.I62 exercises on d r a w i n g . 1 Alexis. I6g g . 3g sharing sketchnotes from. 1g5. 34-35. 3 funneling information.151 including in sketchnotes. triple-line lettering. 62 Flickr site for book. 59. Michelle. N events. 20 eyebrows. 39 1 dynamic note taking. 47 frames in sketchnotes. 25 6 gel pens. xii.14 See also a r t w o r k drop shadows.1g7 2Finch.156 title page for. 79 scaling tip for.1 5 2 . NI arriving early to. 1 6 . 42-43.

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