Sketchnotes from the UIE Roadshow

I recently had the pleasure of attending the User Interface Engineering Roadshow in Washington, DC. The day was chock-full of insight and wisdom from usability guru Jared Spool, founder of In taking notes during the workshop, I decided to take my first official shot at sketchnoting. The results are as follows:

Overall, I found this experience to be wholly satisfying. Putting key ideas into sketches required an interesting use of my attention span: in addition to listening intently to the ideas being communicated, I was simultaneously forced to employ creative sketching solutions that would properly embody the most important parts of the talks.

Upon returning home from the Roadshow, I was quite surprised to find these sketches spanning 5 full pages of my notebook. Upon scanning the notes and adding a bit of chronological organization, I’m left with a sort of visual map of the workshop (as I experienced it). I hope these notes might be of interest to others who attended.

As for adventures in sketchnoting? I look forward to continued exploration when the proper circumstances arise in the future.