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Beginner Sketchnotes: Using Metaphors to Explain Big Ideas

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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One of PARISOMA's most popular teachers, Alexis Finch, is visiting from New York to teach another round of her Sketchnotes class.


Sketchnotes are a form of visual thinking, where note-takers use drawings, lettering styles, and color to organize complex ideas into accessible stories. 


This class is meant for beginners, so no background in art, design, or anything else like that, is needed. Just bring your curiosity! Built on simple shapes and lettering techniques, sketchnotes aren't meant to be draughtsman's quality images. They're meant to help you think and remember, and every sketchnoter's style is different. 

The class starts off with a short lecture to get you inspired with some sketchnoter's styles, and some background on why sketchnotes work to boost memory and creative thinking. Next is a dive through a series of exercises to get your doodling skills limbered up! From there it's straight into full-on workshop mode so you walk out the door at the end of the class with a couple of sketchnotes under your belt. 


SF's very own 99% Invisible podcast will be our listening material for the evening.


What will you get? 

  • Create a repertoire of characters
  • Learn about Fonts + Words words words
  • Acquire tricks + tips for layout
  • Master timing + triaging material


What do you need to bring besides your awesome self?  

  • Sketchbook [preferably 8x11]
  • Pencils [mechanical suggested, but not required]
  • Eraser [white gum]


We'll also have you working with crayons!


Want to see more examples of how Sketchnotes can help you organize complex information in a visually stimulating way? Take a look at Alexis' Flickr or watch her sketchnoting in action on YouTube.


What former class participants say about Alexis' class: 

"Very welcoming, safe space to show silly drawings. Humorous!"
"The teacher [Alexis] was awesome"
"Very practice based, direct feedback, tips, resources & techniques"

"Very easygoing yet I learned a bunch!"


About Your Instructor 

Alexis Finch is the pencil behind GraphiteMind.com, specializing in sketchnoting the usually opaque and dry topics of technology and the sciences. She has been sketching, painting, blowing glass, sculpting and throwing pots for the past 16 years. When she's not sketching up a storm, Alexis is a freelance UX Researcher and Strategist working with startups in SF and NYC.

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169 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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At PARISOMA, we host hands-on workshops on vital new skills for the digital age.

Whether you are launching a new business or starting a new career, our classes are designed to prepare you for what’s next.

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