Category Archives: sketchnoting

The appealing accessibility of simple scribbles

“Shit is bleak“ Humor is often used to poke fun at tragic or depressing events. Good-natured comedy can help us cope with a negative situation.  Take this Onion headline parodying the sober subject of climate change, for example, or this screenshot from comedian Marie Faustin’s pandemic-themed skit. What could be less funny than killer virus…

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Doggo Lingo: a visual ‘dog talk’ dictionary infographic

Inspired by my muse – my bulldog Violet – I created this Doggo Lingo infographic (and a few animated GIFs, just for fun). What is Doggo Lingo? It’s how dogs “talk” online, of course!   If you are interested in: 1. Live sketchnoting  OR 2. Illustrated infographics, like this one – – I’ll happily be there to make your next event,…

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2020 Gift Guide for Visual Thinkers

The 2020 Gift Guide for Visual Thinkers

Is there a visual learner in your life that you’d like to encourage or support? Or maybe you wish to engage a group you work with by using visuals?  Here is a curated list of ten fun, practical and unique art supplies, tools, books, and other gift ideas for a variety of age ranges, for…

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creative ways to use visual notes after the event has ended

8 creative ways to use visual notes after the event has ended

The event has ended and it was a success. Participants are fired up with new knowledge. A graphic recorder captured the event (either virtual or in-person) and people loved seeing their ideas and discussion points come to life, or they were inspired by the speaker’s innovative story-telling. They feel connected to the message and want…

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Get more impact from your online meetings and webinars!

Making online learning more engaging

  Virtual meeting fatigue is real – but remote digital visual note taking helps people tune in, not check out. Behind the scenes: A marketing course took their instruction online via a zoom webinar. From my home office I was able to draw a lecture on my iPad while the students (all adult professionals from…

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5 things I learned about team-building while scribing

I just had the best experience participating in – and simultaneously scribing* and sketchnoting** – a training on learning fun, powerful and practical ways for teams to work more effectively together. Specifically for educators, these protocols are a process developed by National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) to train coaches in their Critical Friends Group® methodology…

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Visual Thinking for UX Designers

World Usability Day I celebrated World Usability Day on November 15, 2019 with the Indiana chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) – a single day of celebration and educational events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, educational, and other groups for a common objective: to ensure that the services…

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“How to Plan Your Meeting or Workshop” Case Study: The Process of Creating a Process Map

Here’s an interesting – and challenging – project I recently completed: the How to Plan Your Meeting or Workshop process map. This step-by-step infographic provides a color-coded, single-page pathway to the significant components of an important meeting or workshop. Background This past spring I earned a certification as a Structured Professional Facilitator with the goal…

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My Top Ten Doodles for Visual Communication

  The more iconic something is, the more we project ourselves onto it; the more detailed and realistic, the more we see it as something other than ourselves.” – Scott McCloud Drawing out concepts and ideas instead of writing down words is an effective way to communicate. Simple drawings such as icons can help overcome…

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