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$100 Startup Sketchnotes

Sketchnotes ROUND TWO! This time I felt the process went more easily. I still need a LOT more practice, but am much happier with these than the ones I did on Saturday. Having a quality, LIVE talk to sketchnote is considerably more favorable. I'll post more about the event sometime this week, but wanted to get these and a few notes about, well, the notes, online before going to bed. So real quick:

  • I like the felt tip pen I used better than the last, but I know I have better.
  • I pay more attention while making sketchnotes, but I LOOK like I'm paying waaaay less attention.
  • There is no room for tweets and instagrams in the process of sketchnoting. This makes me feel like I get SO MUCH more out of a presentation, but lose touch with the group itself. Overall I consider that a big bonus.
  • Being social wears. me. out. Also, I generally feel awkward always. < I realize these aren't notes about the Sketchnotes, but it DOES explain why I'm going to bed. Now.

Ps. This was a phenomenal talk and I got SO MUCH out of it. I am going to need a minute to process it all, but will for sure be posting a real post about the actual content sometime soon.

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Sketchnotes Take One

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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