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5.0 out of 5 stars The medium is the message---and it's a powerful medium, December 14, 2012
This review is from: The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual note taking (Paperback)
Length:: 2:54 Mins

The Sketchnote handbook is a lovely and useful book. Buy it if you want to take poweful notes and have fun doing so. Rohde shows us how to create powerful, personal notes, infused with feeling, and exploding with ideas visualized. I am a professional visual notetaker and design educator, and I am always looking for fresh approaches to this powerful medium. Mike delivers a fun and useful book in that both professionals and novices will appreciate. Mike shows why Sketchnotes work and he shows a variety of approaches to creating them, showcasing sketchnoters from from around the world to underline his points. The book is an easy read, designed to skim or dive deep. Rohde emphasizes that sketchnoting is about capturing ideas, not about showing off virtuoso art chops, and gives useful tips on structure, quick and easy drawing, and penmanship and lettering. Rohde's tone is encouraging as he urges you to start slowly and build on success. Even adding one little drawing to your notes will help you connect to the ideas in a presentation long after its over. If I were to make one suggestion for a modification in a future edition, I'd like Mike to find some clearer examples of one of the structures he describes, the radial structure. The examples he shows, which are nice works in and of themselves, do not show that radial structure it as clearly as I would like (check out Brandy Agerbeck's "Graphic Facilitator's Guide" for some nice examples of radial structure). This in no way takes away from the overall awesomeness of the Sketchnote handbook. A stellar resource worthy of 5 big, glistening stars! Go add it to your library and change the way you take notes.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2014 10:34:55 AM PST
Great video review Jonathan - Thanks so much!!

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 7:19:44 AM PDT
John Roodt says:
Good review. Your statement "I had to be there to understand these sketch notes fully" sums up my feelings about visual note-taking for anyone else but myself, and/or those involved in creating the notes (like creating the Graphic Wall during Graphic Facilitation). But it's difficult to imagine extending the reach (being able to communicate to people who were not participants) without ending up with something resembling a Hieroglyphic alphabet?
I think that most people make the mistake of simply adding pretty pictures, like drawing a pencil, when the word pencil already exists on the page. Or adding colour, just to make it pretty, without conveying any extra information. It's redundant and distracting. Words are the already an abstract image of the item you're describing, but they can be ambiguous. At times like that, I think an image can be useful to eliminate the ambiguity. I'm ranting...cheers :-)
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