Book: Better Whiteboard Sketches


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Better Whiteboard Sketches

Matthew Skelton

A well-drawn diagram can help a diverse group of people to understand and remember concepts and details, saving time and effort in avoiding repetition and misunderstandings. People who draw clear diagrams gain a reputation for being more understandable and helpful and their ideas and approaches are therefore more likely to succeed.

This book provides a very practical approach to better whiteboard sketches. Although the techniques are based on sound research and practical usage, the theory is kept to a minimum and you can get started with techniques almost immediately.


"A picture is worth a thousand words" goes the English saying, but too often whiteboard sketches and notebook drawings quickly lose their meaning after they are drawn. If you have ever looked at a technical diagram and thought "these squiggles are meaningless!", then this book is for you.


  • By Matthew Skelton

  • Publication date: February 2019

  • Pages: TBC

  • Formats: Leanpub (PDF, Mobi, ePub), print

  • ISBN 978-1-912058-93-8 (Leanpub PDF)

  • Twitter: @BetterSketches

Articles about Better Whiteboard Sketches


None as of 2019-08-18


1) Wammes, Jeffrey D., Melissa E. Meade, and Myra A. Fernandes. “The Drawing Effect: Evidence for Reliable and Robust Memory Benefits in Free Recall.” The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 69, no. 9 (September 1, 2016): 1752–76.

2) Arnheim, Rudolf. “Sketching and the Psychology of Design.” Design Issues 9, no. 2 (1993): 15–19.

3) Deleniv, S. “The Mystery of Tetrachromacy: If 12% of Women Have Four Cone Types in Their Eyes, Why Do so Few of Them Actually See More Colours?” The Neurosphere (blog), December 17, 2015.

4) “Improving The Color Accessibility For Color-Blind Users.” Smashing Magazine.

5) Ren, Fei. “What My Color-Blindness Taught Me about Design.” UX Collective, January 23, 2018.

6) “Black and White Photography Tips: The 5 Cornerstones of All Great Monochrome Photos.” Accessed June 25, 2018.

7) Victoria and Albert Museum. “V&A · Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks.” Victoria and Albert Museum, July 26, 2016.

8) Pfister, Roland A., and Martin J. Eppler. “The Benefits of Sketching for Knowledge Management.” Journal of Knowledge Management 16, no. 2 (March 30, 2012): 372–82.

9) Balosin, Ionut. “The Art of Crafting Architectural Diagrams.” InfoQ (blog), August 4, 2017.

10) Malan, Ruth. “Design Visualization: Smoke and Mirrors (Slides).” Software, December 4, 2015.

11) Skulmowski, Alexander, and Günter Daniel Rey. “Embodied Learning: Introducing a Taxonomy Based on Bodily Engagement and Task Integration.” Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications 3 (March 7, 2018).

12) Johnson-Glenberg, Mina C., Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, David A. Birchfield, and Caroline Savio-Ramos. “Effects of Embodied Learning and Digital Platform on the Retention of Physics Content: Centripetal Force.” Frontiers in Psychology 7 (2016).

13) Tune, Nick. “‘Intentional Naivety First’ Bounded Context Modelling.” Medium (blog), February 8, 2018.

14) RNIB. ‘Colour Vision Deficiency’. RNIB - See differently, 14 November 2017.