Mike Rhode’s book, ‘The Sketchnote Handbook’, is a manual on taking notes through sketching instead of only in writing form. I really enjoyed this book and I found it quite beneficial to use sketchnotes instead of writing everything after practicing.
Rhode believes that by sketching you memorise what you were talking about and also encourages the user to think visually. He believes regular notes are more frustrating to read and that by drawing you can express ‘big ideas’ more effectively. Rhode calls these sketches ‘visual maps’. This is a great way of explaining how your eye follows the images across the page and ends at the last picture on the page. Sketchnotes are like visual brainstorms. You can further your ideas and spread out your thinking in a much clearer manner.
Even reading this book was much quicker than the others I have studied to try and answer the title question. All of the content is extremely illustrative. It was much more exciting to read. Rhode used the instructions in his book in the same way to write his book. Everything was separated by section and meant it was much easier for the reader to follow.
Rhode states that ‘Even the roughest drawings can express ideas effectively.’ He communicates the idea that even if your drawings are a little rough around the edges, as long as you get your idea on paper and people understand it, you’ve furthered your learning and ideas. He thinks that by note taking like this you become better at communicating. You can visualise what is being said and pick what you need to remember. This is good for a designer.
This can be linked back to designers and the way they sketch. Rhode thinks that it’s great to doodle and sketch. It shouldn’t matter if they are any good as long as you have something drawn down on paper.