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This is where we share our studio notes and thoughts from behind the scenes here at Creative Sandbox Solutions™ HQ. We’re all about process here, and we’re transparent about ours, so you can learn from both our wins and our mistakes.

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Visual Notes from Melissa’s Studio: May 20, 2018 03:21PM


I’m at Creative Sunday Lab, hosted by @jenniheffernanbrown, working on these Visual Shownotes™ of a TED talk by @isabelbehncke, Evolution’s gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans. 🖍
I’m not at a point where I can live capture a talk like this—the talk is under 20 minutes, and I’ve spent over two hours on this flipchart sketchnote! And it feels WAY too busy, and WAY too messy, and is filled with mistakes. But practice is practice. Every time I do ANYTHING related to sketchnoting or visual facilitation/visual communication/visual notetaking, I learn. 🖍
EVERY time I do something that makes me think, “Well, THAT didn’t work…” And you know what? THAT is when the learning happens!! Because only when I make those “mistakes” can I figure out what would work better! 🖍
So go out and try something, knowing that it’s not going work the way you want. That’s the way we grow! We need the crap to fertilize the good stuff! 😊
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#creativesandboxway #creativesundaylab #visualcommunication #visualpractice #visualnotes #visualshownotes #neulandmarkers #graphicfacilitation #isabelbehncke #dailycreative #doodlesofinstagram #originalart

Visual Notes from Melissa’s Studio: May 09, 2018 07:37AM


Did you know questions are the best way to find answers to tough problems? 🖍
Here’s the top part of a sketchnote of an article about the Question Burst, a 4-minute form of brainstorming in which you collectively capture only QUESTIONS, written up as “Better Brainstorming” by Hal Gregersen in the March-April 2018 issue of HBR and summarized on episode 160 of The Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast, just dropped this morning. (Swipe to see the bottom part.)
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(I’ve learned my lesson—no more vertical orientation layouts! Square from here on out! Social media has forever changed design….)
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#sketchnote #sketchnotes #visualnotes #visualcommunication #visualpractice #visualshownotes #creativesandboxway #pigmamicron #originalart #doodleart #stickfigure #stickfigures #brainstorm #brainstorming #questionburst

Visual Notes from Melissa’s Studio: May 08, 2018 12:45PM


Working on flip charts for upcoming team building workshops. We’re all about handmade graphics here at Creative Sandbox Solutions, as you can see. It’s that handmade touch that makes people sit up and take notice nowadays.
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#graphicfacilitation #visualcommunication #visualpractice #simpleguidingprinciples #neulandmarkers #originalart #visualshownotes #flipchart #markerlettering

Visual Notes from Melissa’s Studio: May 07, 2018 06:31PM


Working on more “analog PowerPoint” sheets… er… analog slides..? for upcoming LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® values and visioning workshops. Because that’s how we roll at Creative Sandbox Solutions — people zone out to digital slides these days, but we find they really engage with handmade, so we take the extra time and make handmade presentations. 🖍
It’s that extra little step, that actually takes a ton more work on our end, but it’s worth the effort.
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#visualnotes #visualthinking #visualcommunication #graphicfacilitation #legoseriousplay #bikablo #flipchart #visualpractice #visualshownotes #originalart #neulandmarkers

Visual Notes from Melissa’s Studio: May 02, 2018 07:07AM


I started my conversation with @heyamberrae off by confessing that the email pitching her to be on the podcast triggered ALL OF MY ENVY MONSTERS!
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So we talked about turning envy into inspiration… and so much more. 🖍
These Visual Shownotes™ are highlights from just the first few minutes! It was quite a conversation, filled with gems and insights. 💡
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Have a listen at http://bit.ly/CSW159
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#visualshownotes #visualnotes #visualcommunication #graphicfacilitation #graphiccommunication #sketchnotes #sketchnote #podcast #podcastersofinstagram #neuland #neulandmarkers #visualthinking #envy #inspiration #originalart

Visual Notes from Melissa’s Studio: Apr 30, 2018 11:24AM


Visual Shownotes™ from CSW157 with @ghirschbotjoy: Gary Hirsh Wants You to Steal His Idea, all about the concept of—and challenges in—letting go.
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As with all my Visual Shownotes™, this one was an experiment, and some parts succeeded more than others. The grey titles, not so much… Now I know for next time!
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Each time I do one of these, I learn what to do differently next time. 😊
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