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Sketchnoting UX Australia 2010: Day 1

By Matthew Magain

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 CoxStephen Cox: New Blood from Old Stones

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Stefan Willoughby, Ceredwyn Ealanta and Will DonovanStefan Willoughby, Ceredwyn Ealanta and Will Donovan: Guerilla User Testing in Government

Andrew HarderAndrew Harder: Critique, Don’t Complain

Deb CoxDeb Cox: Bringing Whimsy to the Design Process

Todd ZakiwarfelTodd Zakiwarfel: Behind The Kimono

Dana ChisnellDana Chisnell: Beyond Frustration — 3 Levels of Happy Design

Shane Morris and Matt MorphettShane Morris & Matt Morphett: 101 Things I (Should Have) Learned in Interaction Design School

Anthony ColfeltAnthony 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!

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