Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

#7: amish quilts and goat rodeos

This week, Justin and Robin chat with Mike Rohde, sketchnoter extroidinaire and author of The Sketchnote Handbook. We talk about why visual note-taking is a superior tool for learning and remembering even for those who don't consider themselves visual learners. Mike lays out how sketchnotes can help you think, Robin mostly talks about graphic novels that she likes, and Justin considers the true meaning of goat rodeos.

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Show Notes

Mike Rohde @ Rohdesign


Mike's website, which contains his weblog (or blog), his sketchnotes, and protips about design and becmong a sketchnote master.

The Sketchnote Army

Sketchnotes from around the world! The growing group of sketchnoters put their work up on the site for others to see and learn from. It doesn't take long to appreciate that everyone has their own unique style of sketchnoting that works best for them.

Sketching: The Visual Thinking Power Tool @ A List Apart

A thorough how-to and why-to of sketchnoting. If you're looking for somewhere to begin your sketchnoting adventures, this is a good place for it.

The Sketchnote Handbook

Mike's 2012 book about the art and practice of sketchnoting. In the same way that physical note-taking does a better job of making facts stick in your head, reading physical books is better than reading on screens. It just is. Multiple scientific studies say that Robin really thinks so.


Justin's short-lived series of decontextualized things he hears on conference calls.

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick

A graphic novel about famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Surprise: he was an awesome dude.

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

Another graphic novel about a famous scholar guy: Bertrand Russell. Philosopher, mathematician, activist, and Robin's biggest historical crush ever. Seriously. This guy loves math so much.

Guy Delisle's travel graphic novels

Guy Delisle makes graphic novels of different places he's travelled to. He's like a very frank travel journalist who isn't trying to sell you anything.

Bullet Journals

Another brilliant note-taking system, focused on keeping you productive, not busy.

Window of Time

A short but thoughtful piece by Mike about our time on this earth, and why you shouldn't worry about how brief it is.