I have always been a “doodler” during meetings.
Thankfully my patient bosses never tried to reign me in from this habit. I am not sure why I started doing it in the first place, but drawing out key points and ideas always seemed to resonate better with me than pure text or bullet points ever did.
I recently came across a wonderful little book that digs deeper into this very topic:
The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde.
Rohde’s simple, clear and charming drawings first caught my eye in Chris Guillebeau’s kick-ass book The $100 Startup. As I ripped through that book I came to realize he was also one of the featured stories within. Chris gave a nice overview of how Mike got started, validated his idea and grew up his niche business. I was very drawn to his style and wanted to find out more.
Enter the wormhole of “sketchnotes”…
I picked up the Sketchnote Handbook (super quick but fun read) and was pleased to see so many different contributors and styles. The whole premise of sketchnoting is not to draw perfect images and sequences, but rather to capture only the most important parts of a lecture, presentation or meeting. The simplified approach and reproducible steps make a lot of sense and are easy to execute on.
If you fancy yourself a visual leaner, and love to sketch, I recommend picking up a copy.
Here is my first attempt at true sketchnoting. It is a summary of a Saturday I spent in Vancouver a few weeks back. To keep it loose and imperfect I forced myself to draw in pen and set a time-limit to finish it.