Book Review: The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

“David, don’t doodle”

This is one of my earliest memories in school. I had already written down the homework information and the teacher walked over as I was doodling a bit in my book. She explained that I needed to take my schoolwork more seriously (in this, she was right) and that my doodles were an example of me not doing so.

That’s what “notes” were in my academic years. They were words. They were neatly hand-written. They were, in a word, serious.

But that’s starting to change. Sketchnotes – a form of visual note-taking consisting of a mix of handwriting, drawings, and other visual elements – is growing in popularity. I see it often in conferences I speak at, and I see it being used in training and educational settings. I wanted to learn more about this practice, and learn how I could improve my own notes through the practice.

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