Flowchart Sketchnotes on Making Music - Debbie Millman, Design Matters, Erin McKeown, Doug Neill, Verbal To Visual

Flowchart Sketchnotes on Making Music


Today on Verbal To Visual we’ve got some flowchart sketchnotes of Debbie Millman’s wonderful podcast Design Matters, with guest Erin McKeown.

The Sketchnoting Process

For these sketchnotes I’ve decided to go with a flowchart approach – heavy on containers and connectors, light on visuals.

This is one of my favorite ways to approach real-time sketchnoting because I’m less likely to get caught up in drawings and can instead focus on the flow of ideas and the connections between them.

My intent isn’t to capture all of the ideas from the conversation, just those that resonate the most with me, and only up until I’ve filled a single page.

The Finished Sketchnotes

The overall impact of this conversation is that it refueled my desire to one day explore writing and playing music myself. It does scare me though – the thought of making music – specifically using my voice, so I definitely resonated with that being the most intimate and vulnerable act of a musician.

Flowchart Sketchnotes on Making Music - Debbie Millman, Design Matters, Erin McKeown, Doug Neill, Verbal To Visual

The connection to childhood, though, is a piece that hadn’t occurred to me. But it makes sense, especially considering how quiet of a kid I was, and how introverted I am as an adult.

For now I think these videos and posts are my version of “Hey, I’m here. Do you hear me?” And that might be enough.

Key Takeaways

Thankfully, even if I never jump into music making, there are plenty of lessons here that extend beyond the writing of songs. Replace songs with sketchnotes and these notes still ring true.

Particularly, I love that combination of songs not being precious and that creating them is like fishing. I think that having that dual approach to any creative act will be helpful.

Don’t put any individual thing you make up on a pedestal. Don’t be precious about it. That exact point made it into a Five Tips for New Sketchnoters video that I made three years ago.

Instead, approach the process like fishing. Show up with the right equipment to a place that has potential, and put in the time searching and working for the next catch, and don’t beat yourself up if on any given day you come up empty.

Finally, I just wanted to highlight the fact that art of any kid can expand what you think you can feel and be.

That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy podcasts so much, especially those with great hosts like Debbie Millman. First of all, they make you feels things, and a whole range of emotions, not just a single one. And they open the door to possibilities and ways of being in the world that you might have come to think are impractical or even impossible.

Process Reflections

From a process perspective, I very much enjoyed the flowchart format. This approach is the one that results in the smallest amount of anxiety on my part, and that’s why I enjoy it for real-time sketchnoting.

It’s worth pointing out that these notes show only pieces of just the first half of the conversation, so be sure to check out the second half to see where it goes from here.

Thanks for following along with my meandering interests here. I hope that no matter what topics I’m exploring and sharing, you’re at least seeing some examples of how you might apply a more visual form of note-taking to whatever it is that you’re working on.

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Thanks again for watching and reading, and I’ll see you next time.

Cheers,

-Doug