UX Australia – Getting sketchnoted myself

Usually, I am the one quietly sketching along to interesting speeches on stage. It's a rare treat when my own talks get sketchnoted by other people. I was lucky enough to have some really talented people sitting in the audience when I talked about 'Visual Literacy and Visual Fluency' at this year's 10th anniversary edition of UX Australia. Below are what they made of my talk.
Thank you, sketchnoters. It's so  interesting to see which details you captured!

 Sketchnotes by Alan Chen –  @fable_us

Sketchnotes by Alan Chen – @fable_us

 Sketchnotes by  Cindy WM Chong –   @bravescribbler

Sketchnotes by Cindy WM Chong – @bravescribbler

 Sketchnotes by Gerard Hogan –  @   g_hoges    ‏

Sketchnotes by Gerard Hogan – @g_hoges

 Sketchnotes by Inna Fourer –  @innshki

Sketchnotes by Inna Fourer – @innshki

 Sketchnotes by Krijstelle Liao –  @notjustapotato

Sketchnotes by Krijstelle Liao – @notjustapotato

While over here, we also did a little meet-up and mini-workshop for the design community in Sydney. My awesome designer friend Buzz Usborne took care of all the logistics and announcements and the lovely folks from ustwo were kind enough to host the event and make it a really welcoming and fun experience for me and the 70 attendees.
And again: I got lucky as Ben Crothers was in the audience, capturing what I said and what we did in his beautiful clear style:


Sketchnotes by Ben Crothers – @bencrothers

 Unfortunately I can’t find the name of the person who did this anymore. If it’s you, do let me know. I love your style :)

Unfortunately I can’t find the name of the person who did this anymore. If it’s you, do let me know. I love your style :)

Sketchnoting Nadine Roßa's Creative Morning talk

I finally managed to attend Creative Mornings Berlin for the first time this month (somehow I always seem to be travelling the day it’s on) and I couldn’t have wished for a better speaker for this debut than fellow sketchnoter and pen-lover Nadine Roßa.

Nadine talked about the power of drawing to remember things. She showed lots of examples from her own sketchbook as well as other people’s work (thank you, Nadine for including some of my travel-sketchnotes in your talk).

 Some of Nadine's pencil illustrations from the talk

Some of Nadine's pencil illustrations from the talk

Nadine is the (yet uncrowned) queen of illustrated pencil-puns and there are lots of lovely drawings of pencils-cum-all-kinds-of-objects in her talk. This alone is a good reason to watch the recorded video (embedded at the end of the post).

 Photo by Natalie Toczcek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/berlin_creativemornings/42035730794)

Photo by Natalie Toczcek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/berlin_creativemornings/42035730794)

I took some sketchnotes during Nadine’s presentation, trying to channel her style. I love trying to figure out which details make someone’s drawings feel like theirs and in her case two of the distinct features I associate with Nadine’s style are ...


... the cute faces with their noses oriented to the side in profile but both eyes placed on the front of the face.


.. her ‘happy’ lettering style with the horizontal cross bars (of the H and the A) ‘smiling’ at you from the page.

Thank you Nadine and Creative Mornings for a happy start into my Friday. :)

Here are the full sketchnotes from the talk:


And here's the video of Nadine's talk:

See more photos from the event (all taken by Natalie Toczcek).

How to visually document a Design & Innovation Workshop


Bringing together over 80 designers from different locations around the world for 3 days to meet face-2-face, exchange and work on a design challenge creating ideas for future innovation is an intense experience.

How can you document such an event, so that the ideas, conversations and results can live on beyond the event and be shared with the participants and spread within the wider organisation in an engaging way afterwards?

I recently got invited by HERE Technologies to help exactly with that, by creating digital sketchnotes during their 2018 Design Summit in Berlin. 

  Photo: HERE

Photo: HERE

HERE is a leading mobile location platform providing mapping and location data and services, enabling the development of innovative products in areas like navigation, transport & logistics, smart cities and infrastructure.

The topic of their design summit was the future of autonomous technology and it was divided into 3 days, each with a different format and focus.

Day 1 – Inspiration day

Day 1 was all about inspiration and exchange. 

Throughout the day, talks and demos were presented by different teams, showing the latest trends from their field and recent work and prototypes. The topics ranged from data collection, visualisation and mapping technology to current research, design and development practices.

  Photo: HERE

Photo: HERE

I captured the content of the talks live in digital sketchnotes. 

Digital sketchnotes are great, because they make it easy to edit and re-structure the content after the talk. Like that, the live captured material can be shaped into a well-rounded visual summary with just a small amount of extra work at the end.

I shared the summaries of all the talks with the organiser at the end of the day and they were ready to be used the next morning in the re-cap presentation of Day 1.

Another advantage of the digital format is that the different parts and individual thoughts can easily be extracted visual snippets and used separately in different formats, like internal communication or presentations on a particular topic.

The sketchnotes are vector based and can be exported as high-resolution files, so they can be used in any size, from small illustrations in a powerpoint deck to billboard-sized posters.


If you are interested in my actual set-up and the technical details of sketchnoting digitally during the event, please check back for part 2 of this article “Digital sketchnoting at the HERE Design Summit – behind the scenes”, which I'll publish here next week.

Day 2 – Workshop day

On day 2, everybody got to work.

The attendees got divided into groups, each with a different focus area, to work on ideas for the Smart City project in Dubai. Each group worked through a mini design-process, from brief and research input to ideation and development of a pitch for presentation the next day.

  Photo: HERE

Photo: HERE

My role during the day was to capture the process and document how people work together. 

I spent some time with each of the groups observing their process and eavesdropping on their conversations. I also did some short interviews with various attendees to get their thoughts on how they approach the design process. For that, the organisers and I had agreed beforehand on three questions to explore: 

  • How can we use our outside perspective to help the problem solving?
  • How do we empathise with users to solve the problem?
  • How do we get to the big picture from all the details?

To keep the interviews light and fun for people in-between the intense working phases, I sketched out each question on card, and treated the interview like a little game, turning over the cards one by one, asking people to give me their first thoughts on the topic.

I had a lot of really lovely little conversations and based on my notes, I summarised and visualised all the different perspectives by the end of the day. In addition to the actual results that were to be presented the next day, the interview sketchnotes were a nice way to also highlight design as a process and the difficulties and considerations that it contains.

Day 3 – Results day

On day 3 it was back to presentations and classic live sketchnoting of the concepts each group had developed and presented on stage. 

In addition to the slide decks and the videos that were filmed of each presentation, the  sketchnotes give a nice one page overview for each concept that can be consumed at a glance.

 The different groups that presented on day 3

The different groups that presented on day 3

Post-event wrap-up and feedback

After the event, I delivered a series of high-resolution sketchnotes to the client, one for each topic. It is always impressive to look back at the wealth of knowledge, ideas that can be produced in such a short amount of time. And being able to share and access this valuable content in a friendly and engaging format of visual notes helps to amplify the impact of an event like this – way beyond its duration and the group that was attending.

Or to say it with the words of J F Grossen, HERE's Global VP of Design:  “Our content and discussions covered a wide spectrum and tangled mesh of both consumer and expert systems technologies, processes and tools. Eva-Lotta was able to bring clarity and focus and a human interpretation. An amazing body of work that we will be referring to for some time to come.”

What about your event?

If you are interested in having your event documented with sketchnotes, you should get in touch so we can talk about your requirements.

 The complete set of sketchnotes produced during the 3 days

The complete set of sketchnotes produced during the 3 days




Three Secrets to Running Better Design Sprints

The lovely people at AJ&Smart ran a little webclass where they shared 3 secrets for running better Design Sprints. I listened and sketchnoted the summary below.
If you are interested in Design Sprints, you should check out their YouTube channel. It has lots of very useful videos that explain different parts and aspects of Design Sprints.