Tinderbox Meetup Saturday September 30 Video: With Mike Rohde, Author of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook

Tinderbox Meetup Saturday 30 Sept. Video: With Mike Rohde, Author of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook

Level Intermediate
Published Date 9/30/23
Type Meetup
Tags 5Cs, 5Cs Learning and Knowledge Management, AI, Badges, CKM, Caputre Ideas, Design Thinking, Endless Experimentation, Graphic Listening, Ideas Not Art, Knowledge Management, Memory, Mindset, PKM, Personal Knowledge Management, Purpose, Tinderbox, Visual Thinking
Video Length 01:45:33
Video URL https://youtu.be/Sm4X0RRniqg
Example File TBX Meetup 30SEPT23 Mike Rohde.tbx (5.0 MB)
Chat chat.txt (3.9 KB)
TBX Version 9.6
Host Michael Becker

In this Tinderbox Meetup, Mike Rohde, author of the Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook, joined us to explain visual note-taking (his history as print, web, and user experience designer[how people actually use tools]).

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Sketchnotes with Mike Rohde

Mike’s Background

Mike shared

  • his origin story with us
  • the evolution of his visual note-taking process, and
  • the steps of Sketchnote taking

About Mike

Mike Rohde is a designer, teacher, and author of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook, co-creator of The Sketchnote Ideabook, founder of Sketchnote Army, and Illustrator of REWORK, REMOTE, and The $100 Startup. He lives in Milwaukee. Learn more at rohdesign.com

Live Sketchnote exercise

He walked us through an exercise to teach us how to Sketchnote; we reviewed

  • the five fundamental visual elements
  • how to develop your own visual library (strategies and tactics)
    • Pictures (things and animals)
    • Icons
    • Text (2 line vs. 3 line)
    • People

Becker’s Attempt at the exercise

Insights Snapshot

  • on note-taking, focuses on the purpose and context of the note-taking effort on hand; pick the tool that fits the purpose. Key is to be a neutral observer of the conversation.
  • on note-taking purpose, to be intentional on the documentation of what is important (to me, the note-taker), the knowledge I need to retain to do my job better or help the community
  • on preparation, preparation is key, if possible pre-take your notes by creating headlines, people involved, review of presentations, etc.
    • on practicality, think about what the thing I want to get out of it [the notes] is and work backward from there.
  • on simplicity, think about the simplest way to communicate an idea, something that will prompt memory
  • on action*, note-taking is a means to the end, not the end, notes should drive actions.
  • on which apps to use, play with numerous apps, future out what they do best, how well you know them, your timeline and project needs
  • on incremental formalization, the idea of embracing incremental formalization is key, you can go back and modify or update your notes


Sketchnotes and Tinderbox

We reviewed the three approaches you can use to integrate images into Tinderbox: 1) Image Adornment, 2) Embedded in $Text, 3) Source from the hard drive and the use of $Fill, and high-level methods of extracting meaning from the images (Sketchnotes), e.g., attributes, explode, dynamic note creation, export code, etc.


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  • What were your top 2~3 key takeaways from this lesson?
  • What do you want to learn next? Learn more about?
  • What exercises would help reinforce your learning?