A while ago I saw Eva Lotta Lamm doodling some funny illustrations that reminded me of the Kaleidoskop that I loved so much back when I was a child. You can find them in her Flickr Stream. Then I got myself an iPad Pro for digitale Sketchnotes and finally I tried it! And what can I say – what a lovely time killer it is!
It is the perfect app if you just want to doodle and calm down a little. It’s surprisingly relaxing to just see where your lines go. I didn’t find anything useful to do with it yet but it is so much fun to just start and see where it leads to. I’m not a very good three dimensional thinker so I’m having a hard time to get where Eva Lotta gets with her illustrations but it is so very much relaxing to just doodle!
This week I stumbled upon two posts about pencils and oh … they are so wonderful to look at! On is this one from the New York Times: Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories and oh, it’s so wonderful!
Did I mentioned that I love pencils?
January 11 is World Sketchnote Day. Yes, there is a Sketchnote Day. Mike Rohde (Author of the Sketchnote Handbook) and Mauro Toselli created that day a few years ago. It’s about empowering people to sketchnote and united the community for a day. What you do is up to you, sometimes there is a topic to deal with or just some meetups. Read More
As I can’t stress enough to mention, you can use sketchnotes to visualize basically everything. I always wanted to use it for a song, so this year I decided to sketchnote a christmas song. I wanted to sketch one of the not so boring ones like Silent Night (Sorry!) and so I ended up sketching Jingle Bells. That was actually quite an interesting thing to do because I really learned a lot about it. Like: It was not intendend to be a christmas song in first place but more of a sleigh race song. And if you listen to the lyrics you see, there is not much mention of christmas or holidays in it. It is more about sleigh crashs and picking up girls. Funny thing though: People barely ever sing the other three verses.
The fabulous Mike Rohde, creator of the word Sketchnotes and author of the Sketchnote Handbook(Affiliate) just published a wonderful Mini-Sketchnote Workshop that covers all the basics you need to know to start sketchnoting.
Last Saturday I attended the International Sketchnote Camp. You read right – there is a Sketchnote camp. I was actually the first gathering of that kind and oh how nerdy it was! In a good way!
The camp was organized in the Barcamp format which is sort of a self-organized conference. That means everyone can suggest a topic and give a session, just step up in the morning, present your topic and find a time-slot.
I arrived a little late because I took an early train from Berlin to Hamburg so I missed that part. But I wasn’t planning on giving a session anyways (I would have loved to but there was simply no time to prepare one. Maybe next time.)
I did it. With big thanks to my mate Felix and a fine minimalistic theme by Elmastudio, sketchnote-love.com is all shiny and new. When I started this project it was meant to be a tiny side-project to showcase some of the sketchnotes I made over the years. It worked and surprisingly people visited the site a lot even though I barely ever updated it.
I started feeling the need to have a more agile page to post new work immediately and write a few posts about visual thinking and drawing from time to time. So a simple WordPress theme was all I needed—just to make this happen and not becoming one of those things I always want to do but never do (like my real website … well well). Of course it is work in progress and there are probably a few typos here and there. If you find one, let me know. I’m gonna add more content in the future.