[This post is one of many sparked by Agile 2015.]
Note taking helps me to stay focused on a presentation or meeting. I used to produce loads of densely scribbled sheets that I never looked at again, because I couldn’t find the pertinent points anyway. For Agile 2015 I decided to go the extra mile and sketchnote: to add icons and arrange all information visually. This way I can tell one note from the other, I’m likely to remember more and to actually look at my notes. And they’re likely to be pretty:
Before Agile 2015, with just 1 sketchnote under my belt, I would not have considered myself a sketchnoter. I mean, heck, I can’t draw to save my life (just look at the hand below). But I did train Bikablo for flipcharts and arranged loads of information for Wall-Skills. It seems to have carried over.
BTW, I wasn’t the only sketchnoter:
- Claudia Sandoval has a whole book full of jaw-droppingly cute sketchnotes
- Check out Renee Troughton’s work
- And Tim Meyers very first sketchnote 🙂
If you’d like to know more about Sketchnotes, check out Mike Rohde’s book. Don’t get analysis paralysis, though. Just start to sketchnote. It takes practise
but and It’s fun!
PS: If you’d like to know my tricks, here they are: