Django Sketchnoting Challenge
2021-06-02, 15:30–16:20 (Europe/Paris), Secondary Room

Sketchnoting is the process of taking visual notes by combining symbolic illustrations and text. In this workshop we will learn the basics of sketchnoting first. And then we will make visual notes about Django concepts! Grab a pencil and some paper, and let's sketch!

In this workshop we will learn some easy drawing skills we can use for illustrating tech concepts (or anything else). Sketchnoting, the combination of text and simple, symbolic drawings is a great way to express ideas. Requirements, user stories, notes of meetings, talks, articles or tutorials, all can become much more engaging with a few extra illustrations. Though developers (and people in general) often think they can't draw, there are some easy tricks everyone can learn. In addition, drawing things is a really fun way to spend your time!

After a short intro of what sketchnoting is (5 min), we go over 4 tips for sketching practice:

  • I can't draw this: composition and googling (5 min)
  • drawing people fast and easy (5 min)
  • putting text in boxes (5 min)
  • faces and emotions (5 min)

We will continue with a couple of drawing challenges (10 min), where I will show how to quickly sketch some easy and more difficult concepts.

The last 25 minutes will encourage the attendees to illustrate a Django concept on their own, with guidance and support from myself.
This can be the take aways of a Djangocon talk, a concept they recently learned, an illustration to a blogpost or podcast, tips on how to make the most out of an online conference...

This workshop intends to appeal to an audience of all backgrounds and skill levels. On top of that, the content will be appropriate for all ages, so you can draw along with your kids! By the end of this talk, attendees will have some inputs to be creative with pen and paper, and have learned some of the skills that go with it.

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Sara Peeters is a software developer who loves being creative. She likes to sew, cook or draw in her free time. Being autistic and not always able to speak, she is always on the lookout for alternative communication methods that fit different occasions. This is when she discovered sketchnoting at a company workshop. Sketchnoting quickly became a hobby she practices at various python and django conferences.