The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual note taking is for doodlers, mind wanderers, lecture loathers, and big picture seekers. It’s for those who love to draw and those certain they can’t. It’s for the left-brain verbal folks and right-brain visual peeps.
And it’s my new favorite book.
Sketchnotes are a holistic (and FUN!) approach to note taking developed by Mike Rohde that engages your whole mind by reinforcing big pictures ideas through words, type, AND images, thus improving memory and recall later. The entire book is one big Sketchnote that only proves how engaging and entertaining it can be for learning and recall purposes.
If I were still teaching high school, I’d be sharing this book with my co-workers and teaching Sketchnotes to my students next week. Not only is it a creative, entertaining way to keep students focused during class, it also gives them an opportunity to practice higher level synthesizing skills rather than just the crappy rote transcribing we were all taught.
The Sketchnote Handbook and Memory Keeping
Sketchnotes help you create a visual map of meetings, talks, or experiences. I love it as a tool to stimulate and grow your creativity, and I also see myself incorporating it into my Me-Mo Booking projects.
Recording happenings through images and words with a minimum of fuss is a key component of Me-Mo Booking, just as it is with Sketchnotes. But rather than apply it to life’s little moments, you could use Sketchnotes to create a visual record of your weekend, special day or big event.
And no, you don’t have to be an artist.
Mike demonstrates how whether your drawings are good or bad, your message is still conveyed, as well as shows you the basic drawing shapes to sketch most anything. If you graduated from Kindergarten, you have all the skills you need to create basic drawings. But just in case, he gives examples and offers up practice pages of items to practice drawing. Want to take your sketchnote skills out for a dry run before a live event? He and others suggest practicing with online TED talks, which was my first thought, but you could practice while watching TV, I imagine. Something nerdy and smart might be easier, but I wonder how interesting it would be to Sketchnote something dramatic, like Downton Abbey? Or ridiculous, like any of the Real Housewives shows?
Sound interesting? To learn more and to download a free chapter of Mike’s book, visit his website, rohdesign. Then come back and tell me where you see yourself using Sketchnotes.
(Disclaimer: The book link in this post is tied to an Amazon Associate account, which means if you purchase the book through that link, Amazon throws a few cents my way. Not exactly the big money maker, but someday it might help fund my book habit.)