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Jim Sherraden Sketchnotes

Have I mentioned before how great it is being a member of my local AIGA Chapter? Oh I have? Let me just say it again, Nashville's chapter is fantastic. Less than a week out from Dana Tanamachi's talk and I get to enjoy (dare I say revel in) another talk by Design Hero, Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print. He spoke to the history of Hatch, and how he resurrected the dying business and has kept it going all these years. The presentation was full of stories, amazing visuals (duh, Hatch Posters), much thanks, and excitement for the future. It's so refreshing to hear someone with so much love and passion, for not just his occupation in the design industry, but also for the history of letterpress itself.

Last night's presentation was the kickoff in a new AIGA series (co-hosted/sponsored by Emma) and should be the first in many inspirational, informational and downright exciting talks by local designers in Nashville. If this first round was any indication, the Nashville creative community is in for treat.. after treat!

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Dana Tanamachi Sketchnotes

One of my favorite parts of being a board member of Nashville's AIGA chapter is getting to be a part of, and better, attending our events. Especially our speaker events! Every year AIGA Nashville hosts DISH, a weekend-long student conference featuring portfolio reviews and guest speakers. Tonight's kickoff featured Dana Tanamachi! Her work is incredible. Combine that with a humble and cheerful personality, down to Earth, conversational speaking presence along with stories and honest advice and you've got yourself an exceptional event. She even signed my sketchbook! Of course I was all sorts of awkward (nothing new there) but she was nothing but genuine and nice. 

Of course, I took some sketchnotes! As I'm in ever need of practice. Hope you enjoy! There's some great jewels in there. I'm sure I forgot a tidbit or two, but I think I got most of the highlights.

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$100 Startup Sketchnotes

Sketchnotes ROUND TWO! This time I felt the process went more easily. I still need a LOT more practice, but am much happier with these than the ones I did on Saturday. Having a quality, LIVE talk to sketchnote is considerably more favorable. I'll post more about the event sometime this week, but wanted to get these and a few notes about, well, the notes, online before going to bed. So real quick:

  • I like the felt tip pen I used better than the last, but I know I have better.
  • I pay more attention while making sketchnotes, but I LOOK like I'm paying waaaay less attention.
  • There is no room for tweets and instagrams in the process of sketchnoting. This makes me feel like I get SO MUCH more out of a presentation, but lose touch with the group itself. Overall I consider that a big bonus.
  • Being social wears. me. out. Also, I generally feel awkward always. < I realize these aren't notes about the Sketchnotes, but it DOES explain why I'm going to bed. Now.

Ps. This was a phenomenal talk and I got SO MUCH out of it. I am going to need a minute to process it all, but will for sure be posting a real post about the actual content sometime soon.

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Sketchnotes Take One

I was recently (and awesomely) gifted the Sketchnotes Handbook and love it! I don't think I've wanted to go to conferences, watch videos, and TAKE NOTES as much as I do since finishing this book. The book itself, regardless of content, is a lovely experience. The paper quality and illustration style (even the copy-type is hand-drawn!) makes for such an enjoyable reading experience. Mike Rohde, the author, explained and motivated with ease. I ate up the book in about a week. While I still haven't watched the video, I plan to soon.

In finishing the book, I decided to try my hand at Sketchnoting yesterday. I started with a TED talk online: David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence. My verdict? Sketchnoting is HARD! Sketchnoting is NOT easy, but it is kind of fun. And I definitely paid more attention to the video. Some notes on the (my personal) process/take after the first round:

  • Find a better, less bleedy pen. Which is a shame because I love the feel of the felt tip.
  • Write down what is compelling TO ME. Not every single idea and story that is presented.
  • Start writing in lowercase and not all-caps.
  • Work on playing with type more.
  • Figure out how to illustrate AND listen simultaneously. It's a lot harder doing that when I'm illustrating something that pertains to the talk rather than my usual, unrelated doodles (strange how that is).

So. I'm not 100% satisfied with my first go round. I did cheat and rewound the video a couple times, but I think I'll get better the more I do it. Practice, practice, practice!

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