10 Tips to Get Started with Sketchnoting Workshop

I facilitated a workshop at Miami Device this past week. Most conference sessions feel rushed with only 45-60 minutes to share, but thanks to Felix Jacomino‘s  the genius mind behind the conference, scheduled my 10 Tips to Get Started with Sketchnoting workshop for 2 hours!  It gave us the opportunity to DO what we were talking about. Participants were able to practice sketching the content of the workshop as they were learning about sketchnoting! We walked, step by step, through building a sketch by remembering these 10 tips:

  1. Remembering that you don’t have to be an artist to use sketchnoting as note taking or to make your thinking visible
  2. Skethnoting is about ideas, connections, thinking, about the process , visualizing and organizing your thinking
  3. What can be sketchnoted? Books, TED Talks, Lectures, Articles, Brainstorming sessions, Presentations, Birthday Cards or blog posts
  4. Different types of structures: linear, columns, freehand, timelines
  5. Elements: connections, icons & bullets, containers, typography, people & objects
  6. Listening Tips
  7. Practice objects, increase your visual gallery
  8. Sketchnoting for: process ideation, note taking, mindmapping, reflection
  9. Tools
  10. Share: Although sketchnotes are supposed to make primarily sense to you alone, sharing them via social media allows others to learn from your perspective and your visible thinking
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Enjoy some of the participants’ sketchnotes of the workshops (for some the first attempt)sketchnote9sketchnote3sketchnote5sketchnote6sketchnote7miami-device-Jeannette-KostkaBy Jeannette Kostka

Along the way participants received the assignment to practice their skills by building their visual vocabulary.  What are some concepts that you are passionate about, that you would, most likely, be trying to make your thinking visible? How would you be able to represent these concepts?sketchnote2  sketchnote4   sketchnote8

Participants were encouraged to practice throughout the rest of the conference their sketchnoting, in order to be meta-cognitively aware of their own thinking process as they were taking visual notes?


Sketchnoting another session at Miami Device by Tammy Neill