Sketchnotes from the 2017 AIGA Design Conference
How it will forever change the way I take notes
A few weeks ago, I attended the AIGA Design Conference in Minneapolis, MN. This was the 4th #AIGAdesign Conference I’ve attended and leading up to it, I knew I wanted to create a different kind of experience.
Over the last two years, I’ve seen my twitter feed explode with incredible sketchnotes from conferences I’ve attended. I knew this was just the experience I was looking to try out on this trip.
Sketchnotes are purposeful doodling while listening to something interesting. Sketchnotes don’t require high drawing skills, but do require a skill to visually synthesize and summarize via shapes, connectors, and text. — Sketchnote Army
I spent several weeks leading up to the conference reading articles and watching any YouTube video I could find about sketchnoting. I was reluctant to find Mike Rohde graciously tweeted out his slides and audio from his talk he gave at HOW Design Live, and I became hooked. That day, I ordered a new set of pens and brushes to get started.
Below is my first real attempt at trying to capture talk, after talk, after talk, full of spelling errors, upside down quotes, and imagery that might not make sense. With each layout, I challenged myself to create a variety of typographic styles paired with icons and drawings. Give sketchnotes a shot, you might surprise yourself trying something new.