Sketchnote Handbook, The: the illustrated guide to visual note taking 1st Edition
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“Entertaining and memorable (just like sketchnotes), this fast-reading, fact-packed book by the godfather of sketchnoting provides everything you and your team need to know about the creative, mnemonic, and business benefits of this brilliant new method of note taking.” –Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards
“The perfect introduction to visual note taking and the most useful how-to guide I’ve ever read, no contest.” –Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
“Mike Rohde has taken his original, fun, and smart approach to note taking and broken it down into simple, clear steps. Now anyone can use sketchnotes to capture ideas–even you and me.” –Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
“I hear a lot of people talk about sketchnoting, visual thinking, and how best to harness your ideas. Mike Rohde is the real deal. When Mike Rohde puts pencil and ink to paper, you should damn well be paying attention.” –Shawn O'Keefe, SXSW Interactive Festival Producer
“Anyone who utilizes the practical methodology Mike demonstrates in this book will not only improve their retention regarding the collating of notes, they'll fundamentally increase their overall creative potential as well. As Saul Bass so eloquently stated, ‘Design is thinking made visual,’ and sketchnotes are an ideal way to archive intellectual assets and flesh them out via simple drawing methods. This is a profoundly simple book, yet the results will be simply profound because it equips anyone to be able to do this.” -Von Glitschka, Glitschka Studios
“Sketchnotes are a great way to capture the highlights of an idea in a way that'll naturally work for your brain. Nobody will teach you how to do it better than Mike. –David Heinemeier Hansson, 37signals and co-author of REWORK
“I use sketchnoting as a way to calm my brain–and help me focus on the task at hand–while it is trying to run off without me. With The Sketchnote Handbook, Mike gives you the backstory and the method to creating truly beautiful notes. It’s a marvel to behold.” –Myke Hurley, founder of the 70Decibels network
“Mike Rohde practices what he preaches. This beautiful, simple book has everything you need to sketchnote like a pro! The Sketchnote Handbook is destined to be the definitive guide to a new, practical, and innovative discipline.” –Dave Gray, X-PLANE, author of The Connected Company and co-author of Gamestorming
“Something magical happens when you take notes with pictures and words together. In this friendly, encouraging book, sketchnote wizard Mike Rohde shares his secrets so that anybody can steal his tricks for capturing ideas with pen and paper.” –Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist
“The Sketchnote Handbook is an informative, hands-on book designed to quickly share the principles of sketchnoting, so you can get right to creating sketchnotes for yourself. Mike’s fun, illustrative style energizes you to pick up a pen and sketchnote!” –Nancy Duarte, CEO Duarte Inc, best-selling author of Resonate and Slide:ology
“This book is not really a book. It’s a tool kit for learning a new and better way of capturing and understanding information, and it’s perfectly aligned with the way our brains actually work. If you’re a student, or a teacher, or a businessperson, this book has the potential to change the way you learn, and the way you think.” –Daniel Coyle, The New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent
“Never fear note taking again. Rohde demystifies the practice and mak
- Publisher : Peachpit Press; 1st edition (December 3, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0321857895
- ISBN-13 : 978-0321857897
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.85 x 8.95 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why? It goes back to the fact that despite this book being called a "handbook", it really is chock full of drawings and examples from artists, which while nice, kind of defeat the point of it being a handbook - there's a lot of fluff here that honestly could've been marketed as a "free PDF of examples" on their website instead of full page spreads.
One of the most interesting parts mentioned is the section on dual coding... that lasts about a few pages and then you're onto the next topic. The last section on some techniques is also really helpful (hint: if you're deciding b/t this and the sketchnote workbook, there's some overlap here and probably more of what you might need than the workbook) - but it just doesn't really feel like it gives you a lot of info here.
I still enjoyed the book, but I learned a lot more from taking a Skillshare class on sketchnotes. If they ever make an updated edition, I just have one suggestion: add more theory, fewer pictures. It sounds a bit odd for a book on visuals, but more explanation on the process & theory would've made this book so much more interesting. At the moment, it's a summary of steps I can get online + a few more pretty pictures.
On the ride back I finished the practice sketches. I feel super comfortable sketching out my product concepts. NOW, I know I'm a visual processor and for years have yearned to have a sketch person on-hand on-demand. Now I have him. it's me. If you KNOW you process information this way and just couldn't get started, this quick read can be the change for you!
*First, it was rather repetitive. Information in the different chapters overlapped a lot.
*Second, I expected more help with creating my own sketchnotes. There is room for practicing different icons and whatnot in the back, but only a few pages. I expected more examples and places to practice typography.
*Third, the book was hard to follow in places. It makes good sense to write this book as a big sketch note. However some of the examples from other contributors were all over the place and hard to follow. To me this negates the point of taking notes in this fashion. If you can't make sense of them later, what's the point?
*I probably would have been better off buying the workbook first, but I just didn't know. And with the big price difference (the workbook is ~$35) I started here.
In general I'd say skip this and just get the workbook (though I haven't actually bought or worked through that). This is a nice compilation of examples from the author in the shape of a book though.
Throughout the entire book, Mike uses sketchnotes on every page to give the reader a pragmatic, well laid guide for how to take notes visually. He shares examples of other sketctnoters (giving them a platform to be seen and providing real-life examples of other sketchnoters), teaches you the basics of "formatting" your sketchnotes and the basics of drawing, which I've found incredibly helpful for making sure I'm capturing information as fully and clearly as I had hoped.
I've gone through this book multiple times, and because of his ability to break the ideas down into digestible chunks and provide a rich wealth of information, I've started taking sketchnotes in meetings, at church and at conferences.
The fonts in the book are from Mike's own hand (I'm pretty sure that you can purchase his font set) and Mike's done all the sketchwork. The sketches and lettering are large with a smart use of space, making this an engaging, easy, and fun read and a book that begs you to write in it.
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If you want a simple, helpful and supportive introduction into visual note-taking then buy this book. Highly recommended.
This is a lovely book. I enjoyed reading it through first and then going back to it again and again to try out the exercises.
Like a lot of people, I've always been a bit of a 'doodler'. Like a lot of people, I got in trouble at school for doodling when I should have been studying!
It's funny how those type of memories stay with you.
My continued interest in sketching and mind-mapping, meant that when I saw this book mentioned on a blog I was reading, I headed over to Amazon to pick it up. I'm glad I did.
The book is titled, 'The Sketchnote Handbook' because it's meant for people who take notes during conferences, seminars, webinars and so on. Whilst it's an awesome guide for those type of events, the book provides plenty of insights and inspiration for those of us who just like to doodle!
Saying that, if you are someone who needs to collect and collate information from events, or if you want to better engage with study materials, then visual notetaking (combining written notes with sketches, icons and diagrams) really helps. Indeed, the sketchnote process makes the whole note-taking thing more enjoyable and rewarding. Which means you'll take more notes and learn from them better too!
The book provides a step-by-step process of how to create your own sketchnotes. It gives you plenty of exercises to try out and simple ways to draw everyday things. I especially liked the part that helps you draw convincing faces! The book even tells you which types of pens and notebooks to use!
What's great about the advice in the book is that you can apply it straight away and see an immediate improvement in the sketches you make.
Since reading the book, I've been applying these techniques on the whiteboards and flipcharts I use when training people (in digital marketing). People now say things like, 'Wow! You're so good at drawing!'.
I just smile and nod appreciatively :)
Finally, I know some people don't feel that they can draw. Well, this book helps you overcome that anxiety. Although it won't turn you into a great artist, this book will certainly help you become a great 'sketchist'?!
Mind Mapping was too structured for me. I ended up focusing more on the Mind Maps than the content I was trying to record and quickly lost heart.
So I threw the MM ideas out, pretty much but liked the idea of quick summaries of relevant points, in a visual manner.
I'm also the first to admit I 'can't' draw.
The person who draws a horse and is told 'Nice pig'...
I developed what I called 'drunk spider' mind mapping - basically my excuse for note taking, of which I do a great deal.
I stumbled on the Sketchnote Handbook and read it in one sitting.
~ It's pricey,
~ it's annoying that you can't bookmark (the sketchnote Handbook is 100% conveyed by ... Sketch notes and is therefore images throughout - interestingly effective and inspiring! Talk about walking your talk)
~ .... and it's undeniably inspiring and helpful.
There's not just
~ helpful tips from other sketchnoters but also a
~ a good set of exercises (which will be my practice tonight)
I'm pleased I've purchased and read it and would recommend it to others... in fact, I will be doing just that as 'Book of the Week' on my own blog.
I am experimenting with Sketchnotes for now but I hope to incorporate them more and more. Mind maps are my current consolidation tool of choice. It's not a do immediately thing for me because I really can't draw! But, as emphasised many times over, you don't need to be an artist, and there's even plenty of tips to help you get at least some thing rudimentary on a page. Bonus tip: watch Ted talks and practice drawing live. The more you do this the better you will get.
If you're even still thinking about it, take this as the sign you're waiting for and buy the book. I'm off to go through the Sketchnote Workbook now.
A word about first impression and how it can be deceiving in this case: as you can see, this is a book "written" in sketchnotes. At first I thought that 224 pages of that can't really hold that much content and it might be one of those "too much money for too little information". NOT TRUE! I have found tons of interesting ideas, and lots of inspiration in this book. As a side note, I work as a designer and do have a bit of sketching skills already. But I can definitely see this book as a valuable, inspiring asset to anyone. Perhaps even more so to people who are scared to give their creative side a try. "Oh, but I can't draw!...." is something that I hear very often from people around who don't have a design degree in their resume. As if a piece of paper from a university would somehow give you "a license to doodle"! :) Oh, yes, you can draw. I dare you! Power to the people! :))