TED talks are a great way to practice Sketchnoting and building up (if you want to) a personal visual glossary of reusable images, icons, connectors and typography.
I’ll be sharing a variety of talk lengths, some 5mins and some 40mins plus.
Personally I find the shorter talks good for speed but can feel a bit panicky if you try and capture everything first time through; as the nature of some of the 5/10 minute talks are to be a quick or concise version of a slightly longer talk.
But in my experience with the workshops some people love this high-speed practice because it stops them worrying about “what do I draw?” Or “I’m not an artist” because they just have to get on with it. It’s a great way of just getting pen to paper.
TED TALK #1 (9:18)
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do : Gever Tulley
TED TALK #2 (12:41)
3 ways good design makes you happy : Don Norman
Using talks with a set number of things helps you gage a framework such as “there are 8 key things I’m listening for” and you can anticipate a good use of space – some people find it useful to divvy up their page before they start watching, if they know this upfront.
TED TALK #3 (3:30)
8 secrets of success : Richard St.John
(a very speedy one – but nice and clear)
TED TALK #4 (5:50)
Doodlers, unite! : Sunni Brown
I’ve been an avid reader and scribbler for years but only recently started thinking about publishing my work.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and have, since 2008, been producing scripts for theatre as my main focus of writing, but always scribbling poems, songs and short stories for fun, and/or catharsis. I’m also a keen sketcher and sketchnoter.