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Visual Note-Taking 101

2010 SXSWi Panel with Sunni Brown, Mike Rohde, Dave Gray, Austin Leon

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learning sketchnoting tips from the pros

  • Mar 15, 2010

a very entertaining and interactive panel. breaking the beautiful art of sketchnotes down to the line... literally.

sunni, mike, dave and austin showed off simple tips of how they create their sketchnoes. they ran out of the little "workbooks" because the panel was very full. 

some tips that were shared:
- don't be afraid of the blank page. (even the very experienced artist can feel this fear)

- get to the room/session/meeting early and draw out the title of the event on the page before
- draw things fast, go back and finish up some embellishments when someone is talking about fluff :) (i loved that quote)
- when drawing people, draw from big to little (don't start with the head.. start with the body.)
- just a simple line or curved line can make an expression on a face.
- shadows, simple lines and dots can make the piece very interesting
- you don't have to be artistic to create visual notes
- don't worry about mistakes. it doesn't have to look perfect. 

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March 16, 2010
Lovely review - thanks for it! BTW, I think that Austin's last name is Kleon.
March 15, 2010
Awesome! I never even thought about taking sketchnotes before, but now I'm feeling inspired ;P
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Quick Tip by . March 17, 2010
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great visual session.
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2010
posted in SXSW on Lunch
panelists were on topic, knew their stuff. the exercise to engage the audience with hands on was one of the best
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Event Description:Ever since Leonardo put pen to paper, visual note-taking has been a route to improve the quality of your thinking, make information more memorable, and make your ideas easier to share with others. Learn practical techniques and ''tricks of the trade'' from modern visual note-taking masters: how to write, sketch, and diagram ideas live, in real time, as you hear them.9ABCMonday, March 15 at 03:30 PM
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Events, Sxswi 2010, Panel, Monday March 15, Greater Good, Sunni Brown, Mike Rohde, Austin Leon, Dave Gray


Date(s): Monday March 15

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