Sketchnotes

“The little bit of drawing” or “How sketchnotes are changing our working lives”.

Sketchnotes: Who doesn’t know those small manikins from Bikablo, which are found on every flipchart in every workshop? Those who might have tried to design and sketch a flipchart probably had to realize, that it’s not as easy as it seems, even more if trying spontaneously in an ongoing workshop.

Sketchnoting is a way of visualization by combining words and pictures. And it’s worth it, to spend time on practicing. Appealing posters, storyboards and slides add some value to every training or presentation.

Ziele mit Sketchnotes

Every beginning is hard

At first the sketchnoting course seemed like a creative trip, but at the first meeting we already came up with the conclusion, that there’s still much to learn. Back to the start: At our Open Camp on “OneTeamDay” a colleague suggested this course about sketchnotes. It didn’t take long time until a group of people, all from different branches, decided to go along with that course for three months.

Right from the start it was obvious, that we will benefit from sketchnoting. This is how our journey, wrapped up together for 12 sprints, directing us to the perfect sketchnote, began. We had weekly drawing challenges and a Miro board to gather the results. By reflecting each other’s sketchnotes, we found a way to support everybody in their learning processes.

Basic requirements: none. You neither have to be able to draw perfectly, nor is there a need for any previous knowledge about sketchnoting. Everyone can learn how to use sketchnotes, if you are just motivated and patiently.

Step by step on our way to become sketchnote-pros

Every self-directed learning process needs goals. That’s what we started off with in the first week. In every following week there was a topic to focus on, as well as a small homework, everyone needed to prepare for our weekly meetings.

We learned new aspects for our writing, the small differences, that can be made by the right use of color and the importance of a well designed layout.

We still had to figure out our own individual styles to create great workshops and presentations. Also, there was a need to build up a sufficient sketching vocabulary. We supported that progress step by step in our weekly meetings with spontaneous and intuitional sketching exercises. You would be surprised, how many things you can draw without searching online for the best icon previously.

Sketchnotes Basics
Das beste Team Sketchnotes

Continuous learning process

Thanks to the mutual and continuous feedback to our sketches and the different interpretations, we all learned from each other and improved our skills. Furthermore, the constant check of the combination of drawing and writing was one of our main topics in nearly every meeting. How much text does a sketchnote really need? When does text support the pictures, when does it seem out of place? Naturally, we had to discuss the best tool for our sketchnotes. Who prefers the classic version on paper and who likes drawing on a tablet instead?

In addition to that, sketching videos and meetings helped us to concentrate on the most important messages and to remember all the key facts. We already used our newly trained skills in ongoing workshops, trainings and even presentations successfully.

And finally

Fazit Sketchnotes

Using sketchnotes means more than „a little bit of drawing”. It’s a technique to visualize, a form of expression, a supporting tool. It’s flexible, adjustable and, most important, for individual use. Hopefully, we can upgrade our working routine as scrum master or trainer a little bit by using colorful sketchnotes.

How about you? Have you already tried?

Lena Schittler

Author

Lena Schittler
Human Resources Practitioner