Let's Sketchnote — MidwestUX 2012

Presented by Binaebi Akah, Charlene McBride, and Veronica Erb at MidwestUX 2012 in Columbus, Ohio on May 31. Before we begin a design, we must listen—to stakeholders, clients, coworkers, and most of all, our users. Listening and successfully recording what we’ve heard directly effects whether we ultimately succeed with our design. Sketchnotes use a visual language that expands on traditional note taking. Because of the time it takes to enhance notes with arrows and stick figures and fancy lettering, we encourage ourselves to practice the art of listening. As an active sketchnoter, you will better understand, remember, and communicate the information you consume. The sketchnotes themselves are more than a happy byproduct—they can communicate ideas, record user experience research, and enhance our visual language. Participants in this studio workshop will learn sketchnoting techniques and take time to experiment with sketchnoting components. As we practice together, we will share what we’ve learned in both small and full group discussions and exercises. At the end of the session, we will practice with a sketchnoting dry run. What you’ll learn: - Basic elements and practices of sketchnoting (typography, lines, people, color) - How to hear important points of the discussion or event you are recording - How to shape your sketchnote to enhance its message - How sketchnoting can help your UX practice - How to practice and develop your innate ability to draw All beginners and active sketchnoters are welcome to attend. Whether you’re starting from scratch (“I can’t even draw a straight line”) or you’re comfortable with sketchnoting components (“I love drawing, but haven’t figured out how to put it in notes”), this studio workshop will provide you with dedicated practice time and a group of folks to exchange questions and ideas. We are here to help you adopt a method that will improve the way you understand concepts and solve problems. Come begin the journey to find your sketchnote style!

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