So you’ve made your way over to my blog and taken an interest in sketchnoting, visual notes, graphic recording – whatever you want to call it. Or you’ve read my other blog post on how I started my sketchnoting journey, how I continued to practise or how I used sketchnotes to cover the Brussels Tech Summit. In any case, I would like to share with you some of the resources that have been very useful to me in the learning process.
A good starting point is taking part in an actual training. I participated in one that was organised in the framework of the Eurodesk meeting in Essen, Germany. It lasted about 2 hours and during the training trainer Tanja Föhr explained us the basics about fonts, frames and how everyone can draw. More recently I took part in a session run by Sven Retoré from Visuality at the Catch Up event organised by Jint vzw. Have a look around to see what trainings and sessions are organised near you as it’s a great opportunity to learn from an experienced trainer face-to-face.
Don’t have the time or the money to attend a training, or you cannot find one near you? Google to the rescue! A great online resource I found is this post on Creative Market: 50+ Awesome Resources to Create Visual Notes, Graphic Recordings & Sketchnotes. I found the intro quite useful as it describes the differences between the various types of sketchnotes. Then it goes on to point you in all sorts of interesting directions to hone in your sketchnoting skills.
One of these resources I would definitely recommend for you to check out is Verbal to Visual, by Doug Neill. He has a great blog with useful tips & tricks. Besides this he also runs online sketchnoting courses you can subscribe to.
If you prefer more paper-based resources then a must-read is the Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde, full of great examples. You can also get the Workbook which has more exercises, as I’ve been told.
A final one I would like to add to this list is the Bikablo Visual Dictionary, which I received as a present for Christmas this year. Offering a wide rang of examples, but particularly useful for visualising tricky concepts and ideas. I only just started exploring this baby, but already found it so useful!
What resources would you recommend for a sketchnote beginner? Or for a more advanced sketchnoter?
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