What we're about

Love the power of a hand-drawn image?

Are you a visual thinker but consider yourself rubbish at drawing? Are you doodling in meetings and want to improve your range of images? Are you an experienced graphic recorder who wants some focused time to try out some new techniques? Anyone who loves the power of hand-drawn images and text is welcome, regardless of ability.

Want to practice your skills in a friendly, focused group?

We’re a community of practice. We learn by doing. We iterate to improve. There are no rules about what’s good or bad. If you come, you can practice in a friendly, fun and focused place. There’s a structured agenda: we warm up, we practice the basics and then we sketchnote an interesting talk from YouTube. We talk about what we learned and if we want to, we can share our work and get input from others like us.

What to expect

Expect to be challenged and inspired, supported and motivated. Expect to have fun and be surprised by how much you can improve with a couple of regular hours of practice.

Who are we?

Dr. Makayla Lewis

By day, Dr Makayla Lewis has a passion for inductive HCI and participatory visual methods and has a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction. She uses HCI, UX and participatory visual methods to draw out an understanding of how people influence the management of their data and how they use social networks to extend and maintain this influence. Makayla is Senior Research Associate: Research into Cyber Security Body of Knowledge at Security Lancaster Research Centre and School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University.

By Night, Makayla is an accomplished visual thinker, sketcher and visual note taker and her work has been featured with three visual thinking books: Mike Rohde’s “The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere”, and Scott Torrence’s “143 Visuals To Inspire You To Take Action”. Makayla is a daily doodler and sketchnoter who also enjoys sharing her process of visual thinking by organising http://SketchnoteHangout.com , SketchnoteLDN and workshops. She is often seen in meetings, seminars, and conferences sketchnoting and has provided visuals for a multitude of organisations and conferences.

Check out Makayla’s Sketchnotes and illustrations: http://www.makaylalewis.co.uk

Follow Makayla on Twitter, Instagram and Flickr: @maccymacx (http://www.twitter.com/maccymacx)

Nidhi Narula works as a graphic designer working with professional speakers helping create brand identity and visuals. My background is in management consultancy within the knowledge management industry. I am looking forward to expanding my skills and add sketchnoting skills and getting confidence with free hand drawing.

Some useful links to introduce Sketchnoting

- An intro (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY9KdRfNN9w) to visual note taking by Claudine Delphine

- An intro (http://rohdesign.com/sketchnotes/) to Mike Rohde's sketchnoting approach (watch the Pecha Kucha video)

- An intro (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIgcoc7Wqg) to graphic recording by Tanya Gadsby

-An example (http://uxmastery.com/sketchnotes-from-web-directions-south-the-5-minute-summary/) of sketchnoting a conference, on paper and with animation, by Matthew Magain

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