Sketchbook Power + Visual Storytelling

For a designer, the sketchbook is EVERYTHING. 

You should be carrying one around and sketching and writing down ideas all the time! Put down your phone and get out your sketchbook! Style is up to you – small/large, gridded/empty/lined, doesn’t matter.. just do it.

Our job as designers is to be observers of the world. Observe and improve. Make things better, more functional, more beautiful. Tell stories in a more interesting way.

Web design students: great for wireframing

Animation students: visualizing your character + movement

Illustrator students: all projects!

Intro to Mac students: our upcoming Book Cover Design project


Sketchnote Love

Sketchnote Army


Articles on “The Power of Visual Storytelling”:

Getty Images

Visual Storytelling

30 Compelling Examples



One of my favorite storytellers, Ira Glass:

<p><a href=”″>Ira Glass on Storytelling</a> from <a href=””>David Shiyang Liu</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.

Storytelling for Designers

Importance of Sketching

Importance of Sketching

Role of the sketch in the design process

If you are looking for a cool way to have your sketchbook travel with over 161,000 other people:

traveling sketchbooks. : The Sketchbook Project

(I have participated three times! Awesome project)


Challenge: Send me images of your favorite page in your sketchbook and I will post a slideshow of them!

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