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20NTC Session

Sketchnotes: Tools and Tips for Improving Visual Communications


Sketchnotes can keep your notebooks tidy, create new ways to organize your thoughts in real time, and create a compelling record of your experiences. For nonprofit professionals, sketchnotes are great for visualizing projects, documenting  processes, bringing what you’ve learned at conferences to your colleagues back at the office, and more. In this session, NTC sketchnote veterans will introduce basic concepts of visual note-taking, and share our colorful, narrative styles.

We’ll cover:

  • Why Sketchnotes?
  • How to get started
  • Tools!
  • Strategies for fast-paced environments

The entire session will be hands on, developing a visual language approach you can start using right away.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Get a theoretical and practical understanding of Sketchnotes and visual notetaking
  2. Experiment with tools and develop a visual note-taking style that works for you
  3. Leave with new ways to record and share the things you learn & ideas you have in real time

Target Audience

People who want to take better notes (no artistic experience required!)


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Adrienne Figus

Project Manager

Smith College

Project manager, digital fundraiser, artist, and proud holder of an NTEN Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate.

A MICA graduate excited to be back in Baltimore, Adrienne’s main interests right now are watercolor painting and digital collections collaboration across GLAMs institutions. Find her sketching notes at your lecture, getting cranky on Twitter, or swiftly hand-coloring and assembling a few hundred buttons in support of a local ballot initiative (possibly all at the same time!)

Genie Gratto

Communications Consultant


Genie Gratto, GWRITES’ principal, is a mission-driven communicator with a passion for storytelling, technology, and social change. She began her career as a reporter, but has spent more than two decades communicating on behalf of nonprofit organizations fulfilling a broad range of missions. She has also worked for companies in the event and experiential, healthcare, public utility, and communications industries.





March 24, 2020


1:00pm – 1:30pm



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