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Advanced Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere [Paperback]

Mike Rohde
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Book Description

12 Aug 2014
The Sketchnote Workbook, the follow-up to Mike Rohde’s popular The Sketchnote Handbook, shows you how to take the basic sketchnoting skills you learned in the Handbook and use them in new and fun ways. You think you have fun taking sketchnotes in meetings? Try using them to record your travels. Or start a food journal. Or break out those visual notetaking skills in your next brainstorming session—whether you're at work or school, or just trying to figure out how to organize the paper that’s due next week.

The Sketchnote Workbook comes with a 2+ hour companion video that brings the ideas you read about in the book to life. Mike takes you on the road with him to various locations to show you first-hand how to use sketchnotes to generate ideas, document processes, map out projects, learn new languages, create visual to-do lists, and capture the everyday experiences that mean the most to you—whether it’s a trip, a meal, or an episode of your favorite TV show.

Don't worry. You don't need to know how to draw to use the book or the video. Mike gives you a quick recap of how to use five simple shapes and basic lettering techniques to create visual notes that you'll want to share with your friends. For those of you who have already mastered the basics in The Sketchnote Handbook, Mike includes advanced drawing and lettering techniques and offers pages within the book and downloadable worksheets that you can use to practice your new skills.

This video is 2 hours and 41 minutes long.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (12 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013383171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133831719
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MIKE ROHDE has a passion for simple and usable design solutions. That passion, along with his lifelong habit of recording concepts and observations through sketching and doodling, inspired him to develop sketchnotes--a practical art that translates simple and complex ideas into easily recalled bits of information.

Professionally, Mike focuses on user interface, user experience, visual design, and icon design for mobile and web applications at Gomoll Research + Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As a sketchnoter, Mike provides live, real-time sketchnotes of events, meetings, and experiences in venues across the United States.

In his illustration practice, Mike uses his unique drawing style to amplify and clarify ideas. His work has been featured in REWORK, the best-selling book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson; The $100 Startup, a best-selling book by Chris Guillebeau; and The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle.

Community and sharing are important cornerstones of Mike's philosophy, as evidenced by the creation of The Sketchnote Army, a website dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world.
Mike has also shared his thinking, design process, and samples of his design and illustration work at his personal website, rohdesign.com, since 2003.

Mike lives with his wife, Gail, and children, Nathan, Linnea, and Landon, just outside of Milwaukee. He's an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Learn more about Mike at rohdesign.com.

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The Sketchnote Workbook is a wonderful 'next step' follow-up to The Sketchnote Handbook. This time, Mike focuses on the finer details of the practice of sketchnoting and the myriad situations in which it can be employed. If you care at all about enhancing the quality, versatility, and fun of your notetaking, you need this in your personal library.”
– Patrick Rhone, author of Enough and Keeping It Straight
 
“Sketchnoting is versatile, lightweight, and easy to do, which makes it a perfect companion for any agile project. This unique technique fosters creativity and helps teams understand different viewpoints. Sketchnoting saves valuable project time while creating immense focus. In a simple yet powerful way, Mike sets a new standard for the agile industry.”
– Jochen Krebs, agile coach, incrementor, and author of Agile Portfolio Management
 
“In his latest book Mike Rohde shows you that a lack of artistic talent is no barrier to capturing and sharing ideas. Forget that you can't draw. Mike Rohde shows you how to create and share ideas visually. Dig out your pens and get cracking!”
– Ian Sanders, business storyteller, author, advisor
 
“I came to sketchnoting believing I had zero artistic talent. Mike taught me that my approach was wrong; we all have the ability to create visual ideas. Now I sketchnote all the time.”
– David Sparks, MacSparky.com
 
“Mike's Sketchnote Workbook is a phenomenal guide to how sketchnoting works in almost every conceivable situation. It features lots of practical teaching blended with sketchnote samples from school kids and masters students to teachers and other professionals. This book is an essential guide for anyone wanting to communicate information and ideas effectively.”
– Erik Petersen, Emprove 
 
“Mike’s great accomplishment is in making drawing ideas accessible. In his books, he provides a simple, logical, and fast way for you to incorporate sketches into your work. If you need to document ideas, or plan new projects, learn to sketchnote!”
– Eric Karjaluoto, creative director at smashLAB
 
“Mike shows just how versatile sketchnoting can be, applying this simple and stunning concept to everything from mind-mapping to recipes to documenting experiences. If that's not enough, he also packs out the book with tools, techniques, examples, and case studies for getting started yourself. My travel journals will never be the same again!”
– Tom Allen, adventure writer and filmmaker, and founder of TomsBikeTrip.com
 
“I admit it, I have a fear of drawing. But now with the exercises and guidance from Mike Rohde's Sketchnote Workbook, the visual half of my brain is ready to rumble!”
– Chuck Teller, vice president of Wise.io
  
“Fun and functional–The Sketchnote Workbook is a visually thrilling read that inspires you to create and explore. Mike's detailed (and easy to use) sketchnote method is an excellent device for organizing, brainstorming, and remembering.”
– Joey Cofone, co-founder & CEO of Baron Fig
 
“Mike Rohde is the foremost expert at this craft, and The Sketchnote Workbook offers clear, concise, practical approaches to the art and craft of sketchnoting. For those people who are new to the concept of sketchnotes, then this workbook is going to be a valuable asset. For those who are familiar with sketchnotes and simply want to get better at creating them–especially when it comes to ideation, planning, and documentation–then this book delivers.”– Mike Vardy, productivity specialist and founder of Productivityist
 
“I can't recommend Mike Rohde's Sketchnote Workbook enough–from the very simple explanations to the examples that highlight the value of a craft that everyone should be exploiting and that no one should be afraid of! So many techniques that can be applied instantly. I've upgraded my rudimentary sketchnoting skills to the point where they're much more useful and practical to me, thanks to Mike and this book!”
– Russ Unger, co-author of A Project Guide to UX Design, Designing the Conversation, and Speaker Camp
 
“I used to think creating sketchnotes was embedded in a chromosome I didn't have. Mike not only showed me that I can create sketchnotes, but also introduced me to an entirely new creative language. I'm super inspired to keep sketching and learning from his awesome tips!”– Jason SurfrApp, founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale
 
“Given the amount of meetings I find myself in during any given week, keeping track of my notes can be a real challenge. Using sketchnotes has made the process significantly more fun and creative. The Sketchnote Workbook gives me completely new areas where I can use sketchnotes to make my everyday life exciting and rewarding!”– Mikkel Bondesen, founder of UFUSE, executive producer of Burn Notice and The Killing
 
“I told myself I was ‘not an artist’ and couldn't make beautiful sketchnotes, until Mike Rohde proved me a liar with his wonderfully instructiveSketchnote Workbook. There is no better way to bring ideas alive than with rich graphics, and now I can create them. Excuse me while I whip up some beautiful notes!”– Pamela Slim, bestselling author of Body of Work
“This is a fantastic guide to get your creativity and notes in a visual format that's easy to remember and digest. As someone who is very logical and a terrible sketcher, I found this to be an immensely helpful resource to learn how to take better notes and sketch important information in a format I can easily remember. I highly recommend it to everyone.”
– Thanh Pham, AsianEfficiency.com
 
“Mike Rohde's newest book, The Sketchnote Workbook, combines insights with exercises to take the guesswork out of sketchnoting.”– Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte, Inc., and bestselling author of Resonate and Slide:ology
 
The Sketchnote Workbook is packed with practical examples of how to apply sketchnoting to tasks beyond notetaking, including brainstorming ideas, planning presentations, and creating how-to documents like recipes. The book includes numerous samples from real-world sketchnoters. It's a worthy companion to The Sketchnote Handbook.”
– Michael Mace, CEO of Zekira.com, and author of Mapping the Future

 

About the Author

Mike Rohde is an experience and interface designer who has created usable and compelling applications for mobile, web, and dedicated devices. His clients include Northwestern Mutual, GE Health Care, Bio-Rad Laboratories, We Energies, Epocrates, and Qvidian. Rohde turned to experience design after 20 years as a successful print and web designer where he first developed his sketchnote approach and technique. Because of his sketchnote work, Rohde has been hired to illustrate REWORK and REMOTE, bestselling business books from 37signals; Chris Guillebeau’s The $100 Startup; Daniel Coyle’s The Little Book of Talent; and he has been hired to create live sketchnotes for a variety of conferences and events, including SXSW Interactive, An Event Apart, Summit Series, World Domination Summit, The Storyline Conference, Chick-fil-A Leadercast, and The SEED Conference. He has also taught sketchnoting workshops at conferences and for private companies. Rohde is the author of The Sketchnote Handbook: the illustrated guide to visual notetaking.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Missing text in book. 4 Aug 2014
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This 'book' was missing most of the text. Had it been a hardcopy book I'd looked at in a bookshop I'd have been able to make the buy decision before making a purchase. Waiting for Amazon to process refund request. This might just be an issue I have had rather than a more general issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Training with Practical Payoff 16 Aug 2014
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Mike is gifted. He breaks his craft down into understandable steps. I got the book for me, but shared it with my 7 year old daughter who loves art. After 20 minutes she was smiling ear to ear. She showed me her first few sketches. I was quite impressed. Mike's newest book includes instruction for all levels. Thanks for this amazing tool.
5.0 out of 5 stars Even developers can sketchnote 21 Aug 2014
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As a developer I am constantly taking notes while reading, planning features, and attending conferences. Conferences are the hardest for me because of how fast the talks go. If I'm writing then I have to be quick and my notes end up being illegible.

My notes look cool but impossible to read. That's what excited me when I heard Mike Rohde was writing a book about sketchnoting.

I'm not good at it, but I love drawing and being able to take notes with drawings and characters excites me. So I picked up his first book, the "Sketchnote Handbook", and started practicing. With five basic shapes, the alphabet, a little imagination, and practice, you can draw anything. The great thing is drawing simple shapes is faster than writing and much easier to visually look at to remember what the notes were about.

I've been able to use the same patterns and tips outside of just notes. For example I use it for feature planning, UI designs, and other areas of my work. If you enjoy drawing even a little get this book. Not only does it include great tips, but it's a beautiful high quality book. It's the coolest on my book shelf!

Mike has recently released a new update named the "Sketchnote Workbook" this time when you purchase you not only get the book but also a two hour video. This new update shows you how to take the basic sketchnoting skills taught in the Handbook and use them in new and fun ways like traveling, food journal, and others. What could be cooler?

If you are interested in trying new ways of taking notes buy his book. I highly recommend it.
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