Eva-Lotta Lamm: On Sketchnotes and Talk Bubbles
Eva-Lotta Lamm is funny. She kicked off her talk on sketchnotes by declaring her love for the Pixies. She also doesn’t cook but makes great salads, doesn’t drive a car, and loves fresh fruit with yogurt and muesli for breakfast.
On a professional note, Eva-Lotta is a user-experience designer known for creating gorgeous sketch notes, her way of capturing ideas by combining the power of sketching and writing. She started “sketchnoting” because she was bored by her own notes and after a few years of taking sketch notes, she’s never going back.
“Sketch notes are not about being good a artist, they are about being a good thinker” – Jason Santa Maria
So why is Eva-Lotta the queen sketchnote cheerleader? She breaks it down by saying:
- They’re non-linear: Sketching allows you to arrange thoughts on page in a way that shows connections between ideas. Our thoughts aren’t linear and your notes shouldn’t be either. Sketchnoting forces you to find clever ways to attack the notes.
- You can create visual hierarchy: Sketching gives you the ability to make notes more scannable. Use different sizes and weights. color, etc to make main points stand out.
- They provide visual mnemonics: Visual notes help you remember things to attach new concepts to things you already know and provide doorways into your brain.
- Sketchnotes force you to process your thoughts in real-time: While listening and drawing, you’re making decisions about what interests you.
- It makes you concentrate: Seriously! Someone should clue teachers in on this one. Science has proven that doodling helps you remember things – even the boring stuff. Studies have shown that people who doodle have a 29% higher retention rate.
- Because its fun: Subjective but true.
Before wrapping up her talk, Eva-Lotta challenged the audience to train their imagination muscle by doodling, creating characters and reinventing stories behind pictures.
Also, never draw the speech bubble first. The box will never big enough for the text you want to drawn inside.
— post by Brooke Francesi