Another attempt at sketchnoting form a TED presentation. I chose Stefan Sagmeister because he uses to organize his presentation around his famous lists, which I though would be helpful. In addition, his presentations are pretty funny. His new “7 rules for making more happiness” is about 9 min long, so I thought it would be great for training purposes.
Unfortunately, although I admire Sagmeister, this has been his lousiest presentation. The fact that he probably was in emotional distress can explain why. I still believe that there is a good message and lot of things to internalize. That’s what I tried to capture in the notes.
The lesson learned is that its useful to leave some white space around the text/sketches “blocks” to improvise and overcome organizational issues in the message.
“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact, but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them are the truth.”—Richard Avedon - In The American West (1985)
Learn by failing. That’s fine by me. That’s how I have learned most of the things I know, how they turned up to be memorable, and how I discovered things that I did not expect. So I tried new things i my second attempt at sketchnoting. The result was horrible, but i learnt a big deal.
First: do not use Blick Studio color markers, even with the 104 pages Moleskine sketchbook. I thought that the paper thickness was going to be enough. It turns out it doesn’t. The ink trespasses and there is some capillarity effect.
Second: For filling purposes, a colored pencil works fine for me, and the double color red-blue pencil turns out to be awesome.
Third: When I am in a hurry, I relay too much in the same artifacts. I guess that practice will help with this particular problem.
Fourth: Sketchnoting really forces me to active listening to the presentation / lecture and helps me to distill the message to its bare basics. And that’s what really matters right now.
My third attempt has some flaws too, specially with the use of the space, but that fine at this point.
I have been thinking about starting a sketchbook for a while. I have plenty of sketches distributed among small notebooks and scratch pads. These notes and doodles are small concepts, weird ideas, or just sentences that I like. But when the clutter inundates my desktop, most of these notes end up in the trash.
During the last semester I used to draw the storyboards in a whiteboard. I found out that the system was great to communicate ideas, to externalize them, and to seed the ideation process. Team meetings were much, much funnier that without them, and we actually got more work done. Whiteboard’s content do not last long. Fortunately, my teammates used to take some pictures with their smartphones. The pictures allowed us to share the storyboard and work in the presentation in our own, but with an aligned vision of the script.
The idea of the storyboards got stuck in my mind. To keep practicing, I bought a drawing pad, a notepad, but nothing was really what I wanted. Last Tuesday, I walked into a good art store, and they sold me a Moleskine. The price kind of set me off, but the sketchbook looked perfect sized and of good quality. As soon as I arrived home, I draw the front page; I wanted it to be inspiring.
At first, I envisioned the sketchbook as a way to store my ideas — I still hope that some of them would be good enough to become a reality. If any of the ideas would or would not be a one million dollar idea, it is going to be due to the exchange rate.
Curious, I started a research about Moleskine. I wanted to know more about the company and who where their targeted customers. Then I stumbled on Craigton Berman's article, Sketchnotes 101 on Core77. I immediately felt in love with what I saw, and decided to give it a try. I thought that the piece of advice about practicing with TED presentations was brilliant.
I already had done something similar with a presentation by Tim Brown (IDEO) about Design Thinking, but I lost the piece of paper. Therefore, I decided that it would be great to have ALL the ideas worth to remember in the brand new sketchbook. So I gave it a shot with a very short presentation by Matt Cutts.
Now, I have to confess that I was so eager and insecure that I first sketched everything on pencil, and inked it latter. I guess that with practice and confidence I will switch to working with the marker right away, but it is going to be hard because I am used to take notes with a pencil. Anyways, here is the result of my first attempt.