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The Art and Practice of Sketchnoting - Sketchnotes

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Last week I had a wonderful opportunity to speak at the Art Director's Club of Metro Washington DC and had a great time sharing the story of sketchnotes and answering questions from the crowd of about 50 people.

There are several great sketchnoters in the DC club who captured my talk in sketchnote form. Three of these sketchnotes were posted today.

I've included their sketchnotes below with a little commentary on each one.

Carolyn Sewell

Carolyn was the mastermind behind my visit DC. Her style is type focused, with lovely shapes drawn loosely at the event, which are filled in with ink after the event. Her initial state appears below with the completed state on top. I love her organic type:

Mike Rohde, Sketchnotes (Before+After)

Jessica Eldredge

Jessica's sketchnotes are more minimalist, with more whitespace around her lettering, shapes and text. In my talk I put focus on listening for big ideas and Jessica is doing just that with these notes. She was so fired up, she captured sketchnotes from Eva-Lotta Lamm's sketchnote talk at WebExpo 2010 as well:

ADCMW presents Mike Rohde

Erin McHardy

Erin's sketchnotes are a bit more sketchy. I love the texture she's achieved with her pen on these notes. I'm also digging the horizontal nature of the spread, use of graphical elements, separators and varied typography that make these notes so interesting:


Similar, Yet So Different

It's fascinating to see such different sketchnote styles emerge from the same talk, captured from three different perspectives. I love it!

Thanks ADCMW for the invitation to speak — I had a great time!

Photo: Samantha Warren

Reader Comments (5)

It is great to see the variety and talent shown here, and it is fascinating to see folks sketchnoting YOUR talk. Awesome.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJAbbott

I'll second what Jeremy said, its pretty cool to see sketchnotes of your talk ;)

I'm glad to hear that everyone seemed to enjoy your talk and get so inspired by it. Not only does your natural artistic talent shine, but you are a natural born speaker.. so; lets get our SXSW 2012 panel ideas flowing.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Artka

Hey Mike, love to be a voyeur here! Have loved your sketchnotes for a while. If you don't mind my asking, what size Moleskine is your goto favorite?

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Kieb

Jeremy and Brian, thanks for the kind words! I found e opportunity to speak and then see listeners creating sketchnotes lots of fun.

May 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterMike Rohde

Eric, for the sketchnote work I do, I prefer a pocket Moleskine. I think the limitations of a smaller book help me focus on capturing e bigger ideas and not every detail.

May 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterMike Rohde

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