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The Sketchnote Handbook

Updated: Apr 15, 2023

This year I've resolved myself to reading at least one book relating to my professional practice each month. I've also become intrigued by the concept of sketchnotes and wanted to give it a shot, so my first book for 2018 is The Sketchnote Handbook.

Let me start by saying that I consider myself to be creative, but saying that I lack artistic ability would be a drastic understatement; my students would not hesitate to confirm this. That said, I really wanted to learn how to do sketchnotes. This concern was alleviated early in the book when Mike Rohde had great drawings next to images that looked like they were drawn by someone like me. The point he made with this two different sketchnote examples was that even if the drawing is terrible, the message is still clear.

The rest of the book has guides for layouts, lettering, quick drawing tutorials and ideas. The first few times I tried sketchnoting, I was watching videos and would pause while flipping through the handbook to get some ideas on style and structure and I feel a great deal more confident in my ability to do this going forward. It was well worth the cost of the book to get the ideas and examples included in this book.

Side Note: Mike Rohde's website has a free downloadable chapter from the book and tutorial videos and it's a great place to get a good preview or introduction into the concept.

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