Mike Rohde’s SxSW Notes

by Joey deVilla on March 15, 2008

Mike Rohdes’ moleskine notebook from SxSW

At the recent South by Southwest Interactive conference, most of the note-takers, myself included, took notes at the sessions using their laptops. One notable exception was designer Mike Rohde, who took notes the old-fashioned way: with pen and paper, or more specifically, pen and Moleskine notebook.

Intro pages from Mike Rohdes’ SxSW notes
Image by Mike Rohde.
Click the photo to see it on its Flickr page.

These aren’t your garden-variety lecture notes, but what he calls “sketchnotes”. Rather than being mere points taken down during the presentation, they include elements of layout, graphic design and whimsical illustration. “While sketchnotes capture concentrated concepts for each session well,” Rohdes writes, “I think they’re even better at awakening ideas stored in the minds of session attendees.”

Between the Panels pages from Mike Rohdes’ SxSW notes
Image by Mike Rohde.
Click the photo to see it on its Flickr page.

Mike scanned the sketchnotes he took and put them up in this Flickr photoset. You can also read his blog entry about the sketchnotes here.

PostSecret pages from Mike Rohdes’ SxSW notes
Image by Mike Rohde.
Click the photo to see it on its Flickr page.

This isn’t his first set of sketchnotes — he also took some at the SEED conference in January and posted them in this Flickr set.

[Found via SxSW Baby!]

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1 Mike Rohde March 16, 2008 at 8:34 am

Yo Joey! Thanks for the kind words and for sharing the images on your blog!

I met you on the Geek Bowling outing — watched you play Nirvana and Metallica tunes on your accordion before the ride and chatted a while with you in line. I loved your work! :-)

Thanks again!

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