The Sketchnote style was one of my favorite discoveries in 2017. I think I have used elements of this visual approach for years in my own projects, but when I discovered the Sketchnote movement (and the Sketchnote Handbook), everything opened up, clicked, and started to fall into place.
I don’t think I will ever be a true “draw on the spot to the clock” Sketchnoter, but I love the visual look and aesthetic of the format. I love the combination of words and simple illustration. I love the variety of ways in which information can be organized using Sktechnote techniques, and I love the ultimate flexibility of the format. Every sketchnoter will have a different approach and style.
At the end of 2017, I challenged members of the Creativity Matters Podcast group at Facebook – and listeners of the Creativity Matters Podcast – to do a “year-end review” in Sketchnote style.
Mine is shown above.
For more information on the CMP about Sketchnotes, see:
Sketchnoting is key to at least one of my long-term, multi-faceted, creative goals for 2018. Like any other creative approach or skill, to get better at creating sketchnotes, you have to practice. The more you sketchnote, the more fluid the medium will feel.