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The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking DVD-ROM – 8 Nov 2012

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  • DVD-ROM
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; Dvdr edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321885139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321885135
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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“Entertaining and memorable (just like sketchnotes), this fast-reading, fact-packed book by the godfather of sketchnoting provides everything you and your team need to know about the creative, mnemonic, and business benefits of this brilliant new method of note taking.” –Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards

“The perfect introduction to visual note taking and the most useful how-to guide I’ve ever read, no contest.” –Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

“Mike Rohde has taken his original, fun, and smart approach to note taking and broken it down into simple, clear steps. Now anyone can use sketchnotes to capture ideas–even you and me.” –Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup

“I hear a lot of people talk about sketchnoting, visual thinking, and how best to harness your ideas. Mike Rohde is the real deal. When Mike Rohde puts pencil and ink to paper, you should damn well be paying attention.” –Shawn O'Keefe, SXSW Interactive Festival Producer

“Anyone who utilizes the practical methodology Mike demonstrates in this book will not only improve their retention regarding the collating of notes, they'll fundamentally increase their overall creative potential as well. As Saul Bass so eloquently stated, ‘Design is thinking made visual,’ and sketchnotes are an ideal way to archive intellectual assets and flesh them out via simple drawing methods. This is a profoundly simple book, yet the results will be simply profound because it equips anyone to be able to do this.” -Von Glitschka, Glitschka Studios

“Sketchnotes are a great way to capture the highlights of an idea in a way that'll naturally work for your brain. Nobody will teach you how to do it better than Mike. –David Heinemeier Hansson, 37signals and co-author of REWORK

“I use sketchnoting as a way to calm my brain–and help me focus on the task at hand–while it is trying to run off without me. With The Sketchnote Handbook, Mike gives you the backstory and the method to creating truly beautiful notes. It’s a marvel to behold.” –Myke Hurley, founder of the 70Decibels network

“Mike Rohde practices what he preaches. This beautiful, simple book has everything you need to sketchnote like a pro! The Sketchnote Handbook is destined to be the definitive guide to a new, practical, and innovative discipline.” –Dave Gray, X-PLANE, author of The Connected Company and co-author of Gamestorming
 
“Something magical happens when you take notes with pictures and words together. In this friendly, encouraging book, sketchnote wizard Mike Rohde shares his secrets so that anybody can steal his tricks for capturing ideas with pen and paper.” –Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist

“The Sketchnote Handbook is an informative, hands-on book designed to quickly share the principles of sketchnoting, so you can get right to creating sketchnotes for yourself. Mike’s fun, illustrative style energizes you to pick up a pen and sketchnote!” –Nancy Duarte, CEO Duarte Inc, best-selling author of Resonate and Slide:ology

“This book is not really a book. It’s a tool kit for learning a new and better way of capturing and understanding information, and it’s perfectly aligned with the way our brains actually work. If you’re a student, or a teacher, or a businessperson, this book has the potential to change the way you learn, and the way you think.” –Daniel Coyle, The New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent

“Never fear note taking again. Rohde demystifies the practice and makes it accessible to everyone. Your brain will thank him later.” –Sunni Brown, co-author of Gamestorming

“The Sketchnote Handbook is a call to fully engage and enhance the big concepts and key ideas we are exposed to at conferences, in meetings, and daily life. Doodles are no longer a dirty word! Mike Rohde’s easy examples and straightforward explanations make it accessible for anyone. This is a revolution that takes simple note taking to another plateau, turning it into actionable art.” –Patrick Rhone, author of Keeping It Straight and enough

“For The Sketchnoting Handbook, Mike uses his famous talent of distilling and illustrating other people’s ideas, and he shares some ideas of his own–how to create your own awesome sketchnotes. Not only is Mike a clever illustrator, he’s also an approachable and clear communicator. His book is equal parts fun and instruction.” –Shawn Blanc, shawnblanc.net

“There are great storytellers, and there are great artists. And then there is Mike Rohde: a magnificent blend of the two. What Mike has made into a professional art form we once did as children–rely on a blend of visuals and words to communicate. We’ve since been pulled too far in the direction of words, and Mike’s book is here to help us reawaken the full range of our abilities.” –Leslie Bradshaw, co-founder, president, and COO of JESS3

“The Sketchnote Handbook is neither about sketching nor is it about note taking. It’s about receiving and processing the world in a more complete and insightful way. It’s a software upgrade for your brain.

For those who’ve been shamed into thinking that drawing is either beyond them or beneath them, this book offers a whole new way of mastering the daily onslaught of information and turning it into raw material for discovery. (For those of us who’ve done this all our lives, the book provides a beautifully conceived and lovingly illustrated treat, and a great gift for our left-brained friends.)” –Stefan G. Bucher, creator of dailymonster.com, author of 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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 BioRad, We Energies, Epocrates, and Qvidian. Rohde turned to experience design after 10 years as a successful print graphic designer where he first developed his sketchnote approach and technique. Because of his sketchnote work, Rohde has been hired to illustrate REWORK, the 37signals business book, collaborate on the illustration of a TEDMED notebook, and he has been hired to create live sketchnotes for a variety of conferences and events, including Chick-fil-A Leadercast, SXSW Interactive, An Event Apart, and SEED.

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I honestly can't speak highly enough of this book. It feels like I've been waiting forever for this to be available on Kindle, and now it is I can tell it will be a read many, many times over.

I am experimenting with Sketchnotes for now but I hope to incorporate them more and more. Mind maps are my current consolidation tool of choice. It's not a do immediately thing for me because I really can't draw! But, as emphasised many times over, you don't need to be an artist, and there's even plenty of tips to help you get at least some thing rudimentary on a page. Bonus tip: watch Ted talks and practice drawing live. The more you do this the better you will get.

If you're even still thinking about it, take this as the sign you're waiting for and buy the book. I'm off to go through the Sketchnote Workbook now.
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Disappointingly this book didn't really work for me. Not enough 'how to' and I felt no better off than before reading. Illustrations are good but you can find those via google. Sure this must work for some people but I'll be sticking to mind mapping and lists for my note taking.
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Brief Review:

If you want a simple, helpful and supportive introduction into visual note-taking then buy this book. Highly recommended.

Longer Review:

This is a lovely book. I enjoyed reading it through first and then going back to it again and again to try out the exercises.

Like a lot of people, I've always been a bit of a 'doodler'. Like a lot of people, I got in trouble at school for doodling when I should have been studying!

It's funny how those type of memories stay with you.

My continued interest in sketching and mind-mapping, meant that when I saw this book mentioned on a blog I was reading, I headed over to Amazon to pick it up. I'm glad I did.

The book is titled, 'The Sketchnote Handbook' because it's meant for people who take notes during conferences, seminars, webinars and so on. Whilst it's an awesome guide for those type of events, the book provides plenty of insights and inspiration for those of us who just like to doodle!

Saying that, if you are someone who needs to collect and collate information from events, or if you want to better engage with study materials, then visual notetaking (combining written notes with sketches, icons and diagrams) really helps. Indeed, the sketchnote process makes the whole note-taking thing more enjoyable and rewarding. Which means you'll take more notes and learn from them better too!

The book provides a step-by-step process of how to create your own sketchnotes. It gives you plenty of exercises to try out and simple ways to draw everyday things. I especially liked the part that helps you draw convincing faces! The book even tells you which types of pens and notebooks to use!
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This book is absolutely brilliant in detailing the art of effective SketchNoting. Takes you through a comprehensive guide to techniques, how-to's and includes tips, exercises, ways to improve and even a CD with video guide as well.

I have zero artistic skills when it comes to drawing, yet this book is teaching me how to draw, represent and communicate effectively through the art of SketchNoting ... with some really impressive outputs.

If you're considering getting this book, I'd recommend it and say go for it.

It's a really useful tool to enhance your skills and provide you with the tools to create some awesome outputs.
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Every time I make a big order on amazon, I buy one book that is a "wildcard". Meaning that it's a book that I'm not very sure about, but I'll give it a chance. This was my latest wildcard, and I am so happy I bought it. It has proven extremely inspiring.

A word about first impression and how it can be deceiving in this case: as you can see, this is a book "written" in sketchnotes. At first I thought that 224 pages of that can't really hold that much content and it might be one of those "too much money for too little information". NOT TRUE! I have found tons of interesting ideas, and lots of inspiration in this book. As a side note, I work as a designer and do have a bit of sketching skills already. But I can definitely see this book as a valuable, inspiring asset to anyone. Perhaps even more so to people who are scared to give their creative side a try. "Oh, but I can't draw!...." is something that I hear very often from people around who don't have a design degree in their resume. As if a piece of paper from a university would somehow give you "a license to doodle"! :) Oh, yes, you can draw. I dare you! Power to the people! :))
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If you struggle with taking notes in seminars and talks and you usually don't go back to your notes because they are deadly boring i recommend you get this book !
really helped me !
Also its a book to read in a day since its all visualized/illustrated ! (I'm a slow reader as well)
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This is a fairly quick book to read cover to cover. It contains a lot of useful tips for anyone looking to try sketchnotes as a way to capture meeting or event notes effectively and methodically, so it's a good how-to book on visual notetaking, and less of a "drawing" book. The book does best here to present sketchnotes as a very accessible tool that anyone can apply, whether they great at drawing/sketching/illustration or not. So, anyone looking to get into it straightaway should find this book effective.

As a sketchnoter myself, I find myself going back to Mike's lessons on sketchnoting. They're battle-tested and built on years of practice, despite the fun and accessible nature of the book. Sketchnoting is a personal endeavour and it takes effort to build mastery around it. The book covers enough ground that even regular practitioners like me continually use the book as a reference to build on. It's a keeper for years to come.
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