What I’ve Learned about Community Design

A few weeks ago I completed an online course about community design, a course that helped me develop the structure of the community that I just launched for sketchnoters.

I’d like to share with you how I sketchnoted that online course, which was put on by Mighty Networks – the folks who run the new course and community platform that I recently transitioned to, which I’ve really been enjoying.

Note that the link above is an affiliate link, which means that if you follow it and decide to sign up for Mighty Networks I get a commission, but it doesn’t cost you any extra.

A Few Highlights

Here are a few pages of the sketchnotes that I took while working through that course:

Community Design Masterclass from Mighty Networks – the first page of my sketchnotes.

Recognize this notebook? It’s the Sketchnote Ideabook co-created by Mike Rohde!

I really appreciated the structure they provided for supporting a community over time.

I also found it helpful to use Evernote as a text-based note-taking tool, especially as a way to capture my written responses to the prompts that came up throughout the course.

Planning & Launching My Community

One of the things that I enjoyed about taking that Community Design Masterclass is that I had a very clear goal to work toward: launching my own community for sketchnoters.

That motivation gave me plenty of energy to create these sketchnotes as I worked through the details of what our sketchnoting community would be all about:

A sketchnote that captures what goes on within our community for sketchnoters, as well as some examples from the first few monthly themes.

I also sketched out this quick timeline to capture my launch plan:

Planning out the first few weeks of The Verbal to Visual Community!

And now we’re off and running!

Keeping the Momentum Going

It has been really fun to see the amount of energy and engagement within the new course and community platform after launching it a few weeks ago.

That’s to be expected whenever you launch something new.

The challenge is maintaining that momentum over time, and that’s precisely what the community design elements are for: they’re a lightweight but meaningful structure to provide community members with regular opportunities to share their work and learn from each other as we all work toward a common goal.

Here’s where you can learn more about the community I’m hosting: The Verbal to Visual Community.

And here’s where you can learn more about the platform that makes that community possible: Mighty Networks.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I sketchnoted that online course, and how it informed the new community that I just launched.

Good luck with your next sketchnoting project!