I was recently (and awesomely) gifted the Sketchnotes Handbook and love it! I don't think I've wanted to go to conferences, watch videos, and TAKE NOTES as much as I do since finishing this book. The book itself, regardless of content, is a lovely experience. The paper quality and illustration style (even the copy-type is hand-drawn!) makes for such an enjoyable reading experience. Mike Rohde, the author, explained and motivated with ease. I ate up the book in about a week. While I still haven't watched the video, I plan to soon.

In finishing the book, I decided to try my hand at Sketchnoting yesterday. I started with a TED talk online: David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence. My verdict? Sketchnoting is HARD! Sketchnoting is NOT easy, but it is kind of fun. And I definitely paid more attention to the video. Some notes on the (my personal) process/take after the first round:

  • Find a better, less bleedy pen. Which is a shame because I love the feel of the felt tip.
  • Write down what is compelling TO ME. Not every single idea and story that is presented.
  • Start writing in lowercase and not all-caps.
  • Work on playing with type more.
  • Figure out how to illustrate AND listen simultaneously. It's a lot harder doing that when I'm illustrating something that pertains to the talk rather than my usual, unrelated doodles (strange how that is).

So. I'm not 100% satisfied with my first go round. I did cheat and rewound the video a couple times, but I think I'll get better the more I do it. Practice, practice, practice!

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