Sketchnoting: Capturing Ideas and Concepts with Visual Narratives

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2016 - March 16, 2016

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead and Owner
NuggetHead Studioz

Sketchnoting is a visual language with a hierarchy and structure similar to written language. In order to communicate visually, or in this case communicate to yourself with your own notes, you start with the visual basics and look at the building blocks. Sketchnoting is about listening, processing, and transferring the key ideas into telling a story with your notes.

This session will focus on what a sketchnote is and look at various styles of sketchnoting. You will look at ideas of how to organize your sketchnotes in a logical flow of hierarchy, whether in a row, a grid, or a column. You will learn the fundamental building blocks of organizing dots, dashes, lines, and shapes to communicate a message. You will learn the five categories that make up a well-rounded sketchnote and the differences between live sketchnoting, or shorthand sketchnoting, and cleaning up later. You will leave this session with a new set of skills to practice and apply immediately!

In this session, you will learn:

  • To define sketchnotes and their various styles
  • How to organize your sketchnotes in a logical hierarchy
  • About the building blocks of visual communication
  • About new technologies in digital sketchnoting vs. paper and pen

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.


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