Mike Rohde “The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking”

Every day we make some notes and write down something important into our notebooks. That’s a common thing to do. However, adding some drawings to your notes makes them incredibly beautiful. How to visualize your ideas and make your thinking more creative? About this you can read in The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking by Mike Rohde.

Mike Rohde – designer and illustrator. He makes visual design and icon design for mobile and web applications at Gomoll Research + Design. As illustrator Mike worked on the Rework, the best-selling book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hasson. And also make illustration for The 100$ Startup, a best-selling book by Chris Guillebeau, and The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle.

In 2013 he released his own book about sketch noting, which is in a list of the 100 best books of graphics and design on Amazon.

For whom is this book written?

This book is for people who like to take notes to keep important and interesting information. And regardless of whether you know to draw, or never tried to, you will discover how to make your records visually more informative and amazing.

What is this book about?

The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking is a book about the art of picturing your ideas and important information not only through words but also by drawings.

In The Sketchnote Handbook, which itself is a great sketch, Mike Rohde teaches you to use different fonts, to create images with a few of the simplest figures and shows the best scheme for sketchnotes.

The book focuses on the fact that the process of perception consists of three stages:

    • Listen – exercise your “mental cache”
    • Synthesize – funner the information to the essentials
    • Visualize – use iconic drawings to anchor ideas and metaphors

To learn to listen you should focus your attention on the speaker, eliminate the distractions around you and immerse yourself in the presentation. Active listening can help you synthesize and capture the ideas as sketchnotes. It helps your brain to better remember the information.

In the process of sketching it’s important and necessary to use not only the text but a variety of interesting things. There are: typography, diagrams, drawings, dividers, arrows, bullets and icons, frames, etc.

It does not matter whether you draw professionally, or the last time you’re holding a marker was in school. The main thing is to explore the outside world and bring your perception of information on paper. Even the usual note you can make more interesting with colorful markers and fonts. Or make your list of movies or books a little bit unusual with using arrows, dotted lines or simple drawings. It is already a sketchnote. Because the main rule of sketching is to relax and improvise!

Break out of convention once in awhile… and have a bit of fun!

Using the examples of how to make your records in a notebook more bright and easy for understanding, you will learn to easily perceive the information, activate your thinking and generate creative ideas.

For color illustrations, interesting information and stimulus to creative work, I put a total mark 5/5.

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