“Sketchnotes” Pecha Kucha

November 2, 2010

One of the blogs I subscribe to via Google Reader is Mike Rohde’s

I’ve just got round to catching up with one of his posts from back in May about a “Pecha  Kucha” talk he gave on his “Sketchnoting” technique. A Pecha Kucha is a presentation where the speaker has to use 20 slides each of which is displayed on screen for only 20 seconds, with the slides switching automatically. As the name suggests, this approach to presentations was invented in Japan, with the first talk being given in Tokyo in 2003.

Mike writes that he “was a little nervous at the start” – I think I would be too with the pressure the strict “rules” place upon you, but he soon gets into his stride and gives an interesting talk on how he developed his sketchnoting technique.

I like the slides that he uses – presented in his distinctive sketchnote style. They’re nice and simple and uncluttered and his use of hand drawn pictures and text are a refreshing change from the standard typefaces and slick glossy photos we’re used to seeing in Powerpoint presentations. I think he could claim to have invented a new approach to slide design – “sketchslides”, perhaps!

A copy of Mike’s presentation can also be viewed on slideshare.

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