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Sketchnotes 1: Minneapolis
Sketchnotes from a webinar highlighting the city of Minneapolis' early learning initiatives. These three pages represent 15 minutes of conversation, which included an introductory presentation, followed by an open-panel discussion. The real-time raw sketchnotes were subsequently traced and reworked into polished meeting notes, while still keeping the spontaneous look of the original capture. The final polished sketchnotes were subsequently distributed to the webinar participants.
Below are the original sketchnotes; these were done into an 8.5" x 11 sketchbook with fine-point retractable Sharpies. The subsequent polished versions were done onto the same-sized paper, with Faber-Castell PITT pens for the linework, and Prismacolor Design markers for color.
Side-by-side showing the real-time raw sketchnotes on the left, and the refined/polished versions on the right. None of the original content was edited; the visuals were merely rendered nicer, the text rewritted to be more readable, and the overall layout tweaked to evenly fill out the pages.
Why are sketchnotes so valueable? This section below captured only a few moments of a very serious matter being discussed. While this could have been recorded as ballpoint pen notes on lined paper, or Times New Roman in MS Word, capturing and embellishing this topic in a doodled visual manner adds a powerful level of real-time emotion, honesty, and sense of urgency to the matter. These sketchnotes serve as dynamic memory triggers for when it comes to formulating action plans based on the content, brainstorming, discussion, and growth of ideas covered in meetings, webinars, and strategic plannning sessions.
Inking the retraced notes. The original notes are retraced and refined on a lightbox, and after the client approves the pencil comps, the lines are inked in preparation for color.
Erasing the pencil lines and laying in some color to start.
The original sketchnotes are on top, and the retraced/reworked versions are on the bottom.
Sampling different marker swatches to get the right color balance. Since these hand-drawn sketchnotes and infographics mimic the look of graphic recording, the color palette is similar to the color range of Neuland graphic recording markers. For this work, dual-tipped Prismacolor Design markers were employed.
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- Jason
 
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