What are sketchnotes?
Sketchnotes (also knows as visual note-taking, scribing, graphic recording, or live-drawing), are a visual means of capturing a conference, meeting, or report by illustrating soundbites, ideas and themes in an illustrated format. My version is entirely digital, I draw directly in to a graphics tablet, and the final peice is ready to distribute by the end of the event.
What’s the process?
Live in person: Working live at your event on the day. I will sit within sight and earshot of the main stage speakers, or meeting delegates, and take sketchnotes of all key themes and ideas.
Live via video conferencing: As above, but for capturing video conferences and meetings through platforms such as Zoom and Hangouts. I dial in, stay muted, and capture the goings-on.
Remote: Sketchnotes can also be produced remotely from reports, or post-event from recordings. The process is largely the same, but the scale of the piece can be dictated, as there will potentially be more than the duration of the event to produce it.
What’s the benefit of having sketchnotes taken at an event?
Your sketchnotes will be a versatile piece that can be broken up, rearranged, repurposed, and easily shared to give utility and longevity post-event. Having a visual representation of the ideas of the day will help with retention and engagement in your delegates. The illustrations are accessible, highly shareable and fun to engage with – i.e. they’re very brain-friendly! They can be used to promote your next event, and when sharing with those who didn’t attend, this highly visual piece allows them to quickly get a feel for the day’s goings-on.
During the event, a work-in-progress of the piece can be projected onto a wall or viewed on a screen for delegates to browse throughout the day – this is ideal for conferences with breakout spaces and networking breaks. In addition, collaborating with social media teams to tweet/blog the work in progress and providing individual illustrations to complement their coverage is a great use of the work on the day.
Some event organisers have been really creative with the finished pieces, including creating wall artwork for offices and spot illustrating reports and websites!
Interested in visual sketchnotes for your event, workshop or meeting?
Sketchnotes are a fun and accessible way to capture and record your event, encapsulating the key ideas, themes and takeaways. When taken digitally they have a myriad of uses post-event, and can integrate with other forms of event coverage. I have covered all manner of event formats and subject matters in my decade of sketchnoting, so get in touch if you’d like to talk about how I can help at your event.