Episode 90 of The Informed Life podcast features a conversation Mike Rohde. Mike is a designer, teacher, and illustrator — but you’re more likely familiar with his work in sketchnoting. Mike is the author of The Sketchnote Handbook1, which popularized the practice, and the founder of the Sketchnote Army, a showcase of sketchnoters and their work. He’s been described as “one of the leaders of the visual thinking revolution.”
Given sketchnotes’ popularity, I wanted to understand how Mike’s approach to visual note-taking has influenced his work. Besides explaining how he takes notes using a bullet journal and in group co-creation settings, he also shared how taking notes visually has made him a more mindful note-taker in general:
with this sketchnote thinking… even though I’m typing, I’m sort of doing the longhand writing — I just happen to be using my fingers to type.
I’ve long been a fan of Mike’s work; it was a real treat to talk with him on the show. I hope you get as much value from this conversation as I did.
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