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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

Dr Makayla Lewis has a PhD in human-computer interaction from City University London. Her key interests are human-computer interaction, user experience, co-design, human factors in cyber security and smart money, and sketching in HCI. Currently, Makayla is a Research Fellow on ‘Smart Money: Precision Data Management for Distributed Ledger enabled Central Bank issued Digital Currencies’ project at Brunel University London.

By Night, Makayla (aka Maccy) is also an accomplished visual thinker, sketcher, and visual note taker and her works have been featured in three visual thinking books, including Mike Rohde’s “The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere”, and on the Adobe Blog ( Makayla is a sketchnote artist and daily doodler ( who also enjoys sharing her process of visual thinking by organising international Sketchnote Hangout (, SketchnoteLDN, and sketchnote workshops. She is often seen in meetings, seminars, conferences, and events sketchnoting and has provided visuals for a multitude of organisations, conferences, and events. To view sketchnotes examples from 2012 to present check out Makayla’s flickr (

Learn more about Makayla:

Follow Makayla on Twitter, Instagram and Flickr: @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 ( to visual note taking by Claudine Delphine

- An intro ( to Mike Rohde's sketchnoting approach (watch the Pecha Kucha video)

- An intro ( to graphic recording by Tanya Gadsby

-An example ( of sketchnoting a conference, on paper and with animation, by Matthew Magain

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