Capturing Live Sketchnotes

Sketchbook position during
my 1st capture.
Recently I captured two sketchnotes live at the Roseville GAFE Summit. Here's what I learned.

1) Page Orientation matters. Typically, I sketch landscape. During the first capture, my sketchbook was positioned portrait but I still sketched landscape. I have no reasonable explanation for this choice and it made for some awkward writing as I reach the "top" of the page. Note the slant and progressively less-readable text as you move up the page.

2) Comfort matters. The keynotes were in a theater setting and I needed a tabletop to set up my sketchbook, Mac, and IPEVO USB camera. The tech guys graciously shared the sound booth with me. However, the sound booth isn't really designed for tabletop use. The seats and chairs are elevated so technicians have a bird's eye view of the entire theater while also having access to their sound equipment. The elevation takes one further from the table top which meant I was alternatively kneeling or standing during my first attempt which wasn't ideal especially for almost an hour! The second attempt, there was a lower chair that made such a difference! Now I could sit and focus on sketching.

View from the Sound booth before the Closing Keynote.
Sketchnote Capture #2 Setup. Note the Landscape Orientation (Lesson Learned!) and the use of random bag items to
increase the height of the Document Camera.

3) Audio matters. The raw footage of both sketchnote captures have poor audio quality. I was hoping to use some snippets of the captures with audio during future trainings as an example of "I hear this and this is how it is translated on the page" but that is not possible yet. I could rely on captions of the footage for this purpose but don't think it would achieve the desired effect. Next time, rather than the internal microphone see what happens with a quality external microphone.

Here's the Final Products along with their one-minute time lapse videos.

Sketchnote #1 Capture. 

Sketchnote Capture #2

Sketchnoting. Take 2.

Today was a first. It marked the first time I had the opportunity to sketch the same keynote address again.

Teaching to the Human Core Solano GAFE Summit Sketchnote
Teaching to the Human Core, 11/15/15, Solano GAFE Summit
In November, at the Solano GAFE Summit, I had the opportunity to sketchnote Roni Habib's keynote on Teaching to the Human Core. Besides the sketchnote shown here, it was also captured via stop motion animation.  Fast forward to February with a similar keynote address and final product that looked quite different.

Teaching to the Human Core Roseville GAFE Summit
Teaching to the Human Core, 2/6/16, Roseville GAFE Summit
Why the difference? It's about learning and growth. The first sketchnote represented an attempt to capture ALL the information. The result was a very crowded page. Even though the recording heightened awareness of the individual choices I was making, the big picture was lost. That's reflected in the completed sketchnote.

Today, I prepped my page by giving myself a "container" of sorts that restricted the space available for my notes. This constraint ended up making the process more metacognitive as well but with the big picture in mind as opposed to individual choices. Now, armed with background knowledge about the topic as well as self-imposed space constraint, it forced more mindful choices of what to include that would enhance and support the theme and message.

 It's like re-reading a great book. Each time you experience the text, you learn something new not only about the content but about yourself. Any text that can accomplish this fulfills the criteria of a great book. I believe this criteria can be extended to keynotes such as this. If I have the opportunity to be present at this keynote again, I look forward to learning even more.