Visual Conversation

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Sketchnoting Resources

If you’re looking for ideas for building your visual vocab, try Pinterest. Just search under Visual Thinking or sketchnoting. There’s a bunch of us pinning in that space. And if you want to skip the search and just go to my board, click the link below.

Follow Kate’s board sketchnoting on Pinterest.

Want some good videos to practice sketchnoting? You’ll find four of them here.

How about seeing work by some sketchnote masters? (yes, you are one too!!!)

Join the Sketchnote Army.

Visual thinking resources

The International Forum of Visual Practitioners Annual Conference is . . .

coming to Austin, July 15-17!!!!!!

Will I see you there?

Want to know more? Go here:

What about some good books to read? Or better yet, look at?

The Sketchnote Handbook and the Sketchnote Workbook, both by Mike Rohde, the godfather of sketchnoting

Make a World, by Ed Emberley. Actually, anything by Ed Emberley. He’s a secret weapon. I have bought and shared a jillion copies.

Want to know more about ALL the applications for visuals? And why they work? And what to do about it? Try The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown.

How do our brains respond to images? Read Colin Ware’s book Visual Thinking for Design.

Dan Roam is a serious thinker in the visual conversation space. He has done the heavy lifting to break visual conversation tools into understandable application. Don’t make the mistake of thinking following his process is easy and light just because his books look that way. They are really fun to look at. But the depth is there. And the work isn’t quick or easy but it’s incredibly valuable. Read any and all of them: Blah, Blah, Blah, Show and Tell and, of course, The Back of the Napkin.

Anything by David Sibbet, one of the founders/grand masters of visual thinking. “We are not worthy!” Start with Visual Meetings, but you also might want to find his blog. He writes about provocative ideas, all with great warmth and great heart.

Dave Gray also shares his knowledge very generously. A true evangelist. Start here. He’s got exercises for others, for you with lots of starting points. And he shares loads of videos, so you can draw along.

Draw Squad with Mark Kistler. You might (or might not) know him from PBS, but this book will help you when you want to add a sense of a third dimension to your work. He explains it all very simply. You know that thing with shadows and knowing where they go? This guy can help you.

One other thing that I recommend highly. The app Draw Something. Check it out. I use it to draw really complicated pictures with a lot of detail of pretty simple things. It’s a game but I play it by different rules. You can also see how some very talented people construct, well, some really complicated people. I have learned a lot since you get to see the drawings develop bit by bit, as they are drawn. And it’s mobile so you can draw and learn anywhere you go. Oh yeah! It’s free. You have to sit through some repetitious and sometimes annoying commercials but I use that time to recall what I saw and how it was constructed.

I’m going to stop here for now, but there’s more. Just check back in to see this page develop. Dan Roam. Oh yes, Dan Roam.