Your Eval Pal · Jul 17, 2019

VSA 2019 SketchNotes

Page from notes taken during the Keynote presentation by Katrina Bledsoe

I took a dive into the sketchnoting pool at this year’s Visitor Studies Association conference. For those not familiar with VSA, this is a conference geared toward people interested in studying visitors at museums, zoos, aquariums, and parks…along with other informal learning venues.

I’ve been meaning to spend time developing sketchnoting skills and it seemed like a conference was a perfect opportunity. No work products were being sacrificed if it was an effort that tanked…and there were plenty of sessions to provide inspiration and content.

Click here to see all of my 2019 VSA Sketchnotes

Page from my note on a panel presentation about being a “Renaissance Evaluator”

I’m sure there are things that are misspelled…and there are surely details that are missing, but on the whole, I was pleased with the amount of information that I was able to capture and the strategies that I was able to quickly develop for highlighting and organizing content. I used an iOS app called Paper (which sadly seems to be an older app that is no longer being updated), and toggled back and forth between an Apple Pen and a more generic style version of the Apple pen that had both a powered mode and an unpowered mode. The greatest strength of the Apple pen is the “palm rejection” technology that allows you to rest your hand on the screen while writing/drawing. I was surprised, however, that the lack of that technology in my “backup pen” didn’t pose as much of a problem as I’d assumed it would.

The content of these notes is informed entirely by sessions that were part of this year’s Visitor Studies Association Conference and the design of my sketchnotes is inspired by the work of Mike Rohde, author of the “Sketchnote Handbook” (who presented at The Combine conference earlier this year in Bloomington, IN).

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