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The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking

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This gorgeous, fully illustrated handbook tells the story of sketchnotes--why and how you can use them to capture your thinking visually, remember key information more clearly, and share what you've captured with others. Author Mike Rohde shows you how to incorporate sketchnoting techniques into your note-taking process--regardless of your artistic abilities--to help you b ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Peachpit Press
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Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick review for a quick read. I've recently discovered the process of taking sketchnotes after getting into the habit of bullet journaling. (Bullet journaling is a simple system as created by Ryder Carroll to keep track of tasks and organization, but many people have adapted the process to their own needs and creativity. I've done likewise. ) It was from a number of references that I came across this book.

I really liked how easy this book was to follow along and start getting into the process o
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: processer
Love the layout and style of the book
I really like the work book part where you get to practise
I like that the book is easy going, an easy and fun read

I feel that the material is rather thin, so there's a lot of repeating going on and many included parts feel very unnecessary - like a lot is included to fill it out so it can be classed as a book

Summed up: I liked it, it was a fun read but I really wanted some more depth and knowledge going in to it.
Dave Bolton
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I used mindmaps more than anything else to get me through my Masters degree, and so I have a natural predisposition to visually representing information. I also have a good friend who does animated mindmaps (see http://www.chalksmart.org), which I also love. So, sketchnoting was largely a known idea to me, but I did pick up some new techniques and ideas here. It is also completely illustrated, so it is very quick and easy to read (1 - 2 hours) and digest. ...more
Sara Bakhshi
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a way of writing notes which I've been doing since highschool but didn't know its rules (?) And different ways.
I did it mostly because I wanted to prevent myself from boredom and sleeping!:))

Now about the book:
It was written in this method all along and had some different style on that.
There were different writers and designers sharing their styles and experiences with us.

It emphasis on this not being about illustration and is a way of writing and not painting and doing very artistic th
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
- Not that much substance
- Some good guidelines and drawing tips
- Like the inclusion of exercises to start building a library of icons and practise drawing simple objects
- Understand that the objective is to encourage everyone that they have the ability to produce sketchnotes but the message felt too repetitive
- Maybe the workbook would be more useful for me
- Some of the sketchnote examples were too overwhelming to follow (granted, they show the variety of styles, etc.)
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-2016
Can't talk, gotta sketch. ...more
Elizabeth A
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015, art
Book Blurb: This gorgeous, fully illustrated handbook tells the story of sketchnotes--why and how you can use them to capture your thinking visually, remember key information more clearly, and share what you've captured with others.

There are things I liked about this book, and things I did not. I am a really good note taker (not bragging, this is just a fact), and I refer to my notes often. I am however not a visual note taker. I do not have sketches or diagrams in my notes. Arrows, and some ke
Karen Mardahl
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous book. I read it in just a few hours and all my notes were sketches. The key takeaway is practice, practice, practice, and you will be on your way to sketchnoting everything. Listening is also part of that takeaway. I recently took a course on drawing (for work and notetaking). This supplements that very nicely. Great fun. Mike Rohde practices what he preaches. The entire book is sketched!

BTW this is only available as PDF for those who like their books electronically. I assume the heavy
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Yes the book is too short and too expensive and too repetitive... but, it is perfect.

I love that he gives examples from more than 10 other sketchnoters for a variety of how people do what they do. I love that they show what they do with mistakes, and that the author shows the difference between a doodle and a high-quality sketch.

YOU can "just doodle." You CAN. What you draw is individual and unique to you. In a world drowning in words, a little more doodling and sketching is what we need.

Lê Quân
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noter (who note alot)
Instructions with clear examples to follow
Really help to take advantages of your creative right brain's resources
Stefan Kanev
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is A-WE-SOME.

It was a great complement to The Doodle Revolution. Not only it makes a great point about why to make sketchnotes, but it is full of practical things one can do in order to improve. It also has some great examples.

It's not a traditional book – instead of just text, it is organized as a sketchnote itself. Not only you get to use them as a medium, but you also see great example.

Seriously, greatly recommended to anybody into visual thinking.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m still looking for the book that will get me started ! This one is great for more established sketchnoters and has some beautiful examples from pros but I need more hand holding and examples of how to ...
Lots of great ideas on how to re-think your notetaking.
Hitessh Panchal
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Visually appealing, but slower approach to notes taking. Mindmaps are faster. But learned few tricks to enhance Mindmaps.

Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
After watching couple of workshop videos from Rohde, I was excited to get more info about sketchnoting and ended up reading this book. I loved this technique so much. Can’t wait to try sketchnoting myself soon. The book itself is a Sketchnote so it’s very easy to read and grasp concepts. The book format proves why sketchnoting works. I was able to read quickly but still get all the information, instead of reading boring passages for pages together like in other books. I am planning to convert so ...more
Dec 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
Loved this Book! A great way to take notes....inspires creativity!
Marzhana Kengessova
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading illustrated book, I am not sure if I am going to take my notes this way, but it was really useful to know the options of taking notes. I kind of mix the visual note taking with words, it depends on what kind of lecture or talk i am attending.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a curious thing to read about a technique that you've intuitively employed for years without realizing that someone has put a name to it. As an educator, I appreciate the way in which Rohde has synthesized the components of this note-taking technique and presented them as a platform, not a prescription. ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: one-shot
This books is 80% on importance and structure of sketchnoting, and only 20% deals with teaching actually how to sketch.
That being said, the way the book develops is organic and the works of "sketchbookers" are inspiring.

If you want to get into giving more time into sketchnoting, then this is a good go to book. I am still looking for a better book on note making though
Matthew Bogart
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog at MatthewBogart.net

I don't like to write. I'm a terrible speller, and I have terrible sentence structure, I use punctuation haphazardly because I don't truly understand it. I usually embarrass myself when something I've written gets published. (Like, perhaps, right now?) When people say, "I don't know how to draw, I'm not an artist." I understand. I don't know how to write, I'm not a writer. With all that being said, writing is simply too useful for
Barack Liu
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it

319-The sketchnote handbook-Mike Rohde-Tool-2012


" The sketchnote handbook ", first edition in 2012 in the United States. It mainly discusses the technology of sketch notes, we can use these technologies to record visual notes in real-time in the meeting.

Mike Rohde, an interface designer, worked on the graphic design before turning to experience design. Representative works: " The sketchnote handbook " and so on.

Table of Contents
1. What are sketchnotes?
2. Why sketchnote?
3. Lis
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am one of those "visual" people who happened to do sketchnoting before discovering that it IS a *thing*. Stumbling upon this book, the website, community and podcast etc. has been exhilarating, to say the least. I love that this book breaks things down for others, who perhaps are not as familiar with sketchnoting, to learn to do the magic.

I have to say my favourite parts of the book were the "guest spreads" done by various sketchnoters — love that they are dotted in between chapters, love how
Jaimella Shaikh
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This illustrated guide to visual note taking explains how sketchnoting is about breaking away from the compulsion to capture every detail of the meeting, instead tuning into the 'bigger picture, expressing CONCEPTS with drawings, type and text'.

Rohde's book is a series of sketchnotes explaining what they are, why they are a brilliant way of engaging your mind in meetings and how to listen for big ideas. It is also a handbook in the truest sense, outlining different types of sketchnotes and techn
Jason Zimdars
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy Mike Rohde's work, this is the best example yet. Not only does he share his techniques and process for creating beautiful visual notes, but he also designed the entire book. From the writing to design to the custom fonts based on his handwriting this book is the ultimate showcase of Mike's humor, personality and style. I love the rare book that is both written and designed by it's author.

It's a fun read and just gorgeous to browse. I'd definitely recommend picking up the physical bo
Nathanael Coyne
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work-related
The information and skills taught in this book could probably be compressed into a single blog post … but then you wouldn't have the beautiful illustrations and diagrams that are the whole point of sketchnoting. If you've been doing visual note-taking for a while like I have then you will find this book provide you not just the techniques and frameworks but the inspiration to step up your game.

If you like Mike Rohde's books then check out Eva-Lotta Lamm's annually published collection of sketchn
Linda Tapp
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Linda by: Bharat Philiph
A good quick read for anyone who thinks and learns visually. The concepts presented in this book fit right in with the principles of accelerated learning that I use in safety training so it was well worth my time and I will probably go back to it for ideas in the future. Thanks to my friend Bharat for recommending it!
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, 2014, deadtree, 2018
If you doodle incessantly when you take notes, you might already be a sketchnoter. I had no idea my visual note-taking style (all boxes, callouts, doodles, and arrows) had a name until I laid eyes on this book. It was sort of interesting to read a bit of the psychology behind why I'm drawn to visual note-taking, and this book even provided some ideas for how to get better at it. It's good. ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lots of (sometimes overwhelming) examples of great sketchnotes and useful tips and tricks to start doing some sketchnoting myself. I found it quite inspiring, it got me to actually start sketchnoting rather than admiring others' work. I hope the inspiration will last... ...more
Prabhu R.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sketchnote in pretty new concept to me. A new form of note-taking but with an element of fun and a lots of creativity that improves over time. The book was a quick read and informative too. Introduced the sketchnoting process in a fun and an intuitive way.
Sadia Mansoor
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, design
Wow... this book is now in my top most liked books!
Probably the first book I read, which was so visually pleasing <3

I would love to request all the readers here to suggest me more books on art/design/illustrations. Thanks :)
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