Getting ready to sketchnote Monday’s WWDC keynote

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iPad Pro with WWDC Time sketchnote displayed
Are you ready for Apple's annual developer conference?
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

All next week, illustrator and senior UX/UI designer Andy McNally will be sketchnoting Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for us, starting with the big keynote on Monday.

It is time to get ready for the 2017 WWDC. What should I pack? What pens should I bring? OK, maybe I’m the only one who has to think about what pens and colored markers I need to bring. However, it is critical to remember all of the chargers and cables for our Apple devices.

Practice

WWDC Time sketchnote with markers on paper
Sketching out the Adventure Time-themed concept for my pre-WWDC sketchnote.
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

In this sketchnote, I’m just capturing my own thoughts, rather than a live event. Having the luxury of more time means that I could create a concept for the sketchnote on my iPad Pro using the Tayasui Sketches iOS app (Tayasui also offers a Mac app now).

Using the iPad allowed me to practice what I wanted to sketch first, and also to rearrange the items if I did not like the position or spacing. Practice really helps prepare for sketchnoting an event in real time.

Vector sketchnotes

The final version of a pre-WWDC sketchnote, done in Adobe Illustrator Draw.
The final version of my pre-WWDC sketchnote, done in Adobe Illustrator Draw.
Image: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

I later went back and created a digital version on my iPad Pro using Adobe Illustrator Draw to see if I could give the sketchnote a little more of an Adventure Time feel and vibe, since the note is an homage to the cartoon’s opening theme song.