Today we have a special Guest Post from Antoine RJ Wright, an avid fan of mobile technology and and iPad user. Antoine has recently been practicing the art of creating sketchnotes during workshops and conferences. Sketcnotes seem like a natural fit for the iPad. Over to you Antoine...
At some point last year, I decided that I would start drawing again. My canvas would be the iPad. It only happened on airplanes, and then I attended a meeting about creating story environments prompted me towards the idea of sketchnotes. I'd seen for years the work by Mike Rhode and figured that it would be a good idea. The response was positive enough that I'd try it for another conference. Then another. And then a few workshops.
I guess after three or four of them its a habit. And so now I'm getting more adventurous with sketchnotes. Whereas many are done in Moleskin notebooks and with (sweet) ink pens, mine are done using the Adobe Ideas app on the iPad and my finger. My goals are to capture the color, emotion, and flow of the discussion, and occasionally tell the story from my perspective. For example, in the sketchnote for the 3-day GCIA Conference, I eye-balled the colors of every group that presented and aimed to make them all their own social media-like icons. That sketchnote is a compilation of three days of notes, telling the overall story of the conversations, presentations, and conference itself.
I'm looking to do more of these, and probably break into doing them semi-officially for conferences and workshops. For people who think visually, they can be powerful reminders of points and experiences, using a tool that's quickly become a willing participant into our digital times.
View my gallery of completed sketchontes: http://share.ovi.com/media/ARJWright.Sketchnotes