Today I attended the first day of the UX Australia conference here in Melbourne, of which SitePoint is a media partner. Rather than summarise the day or paraphrase one of the stand-out presentations, I decided to do something different — I tried my hand at sketchnoting some of the talks, using the black Sharpie pen and notepad provided in the conference bag.
Sketchnoting is a form of note-taking that I first saw demonstrated by Matt Balara at the same conference last year. The technique combines key points from a presentation, presented in a visually interesting and embellished fashion. As my first attempt, I felt fortunate that the structure and content of so many of the presentations was of such a high quality (and that so many presenters had interesting faces for me to capture!). Click on each image to view a larger version.
Stephen Cox: New Blood from Old Stones
Stefan Willoughby, Ceredwyn Ealanta and Will Donovan: Guerilla User Testing in Government
Andrew Harder: Critique, Don’t Complain
Deb Cox: Bringing Whimsy to the Design Process
Todd Zakiwarfel: Behind The Kimono
Dana Chisnell: Beyond Frustration — 3 Levels of Happy Design
Shane Morris & Matt Morphett: 101 Things I (Should Have) Learned in Interaction Design School
Anthony Colfelt: Defining Experience Strategy with UX Designer as a Protagonist
I found the experience of sketchnoting extremely enjoyable — not only did I feel like I’d absorbed more of the speaker’s content than I would have otherwise, but I also found it helpful as a technique for remaining engaged in the later parts of the day when normally I might find myself zoning out (or, dare I admit it, nodding off!) Of course, the fact that I stayed interested is more likely due to the high quality of the speakers. At any rate, I look forward to Day 2, and to sharing my sketchnotes with you!
How did I do? Have you tried sketchnoting at a conference? If so, share your notes in the comments!
Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.