By Hand: Grocery Lists

In a recent post, I talked about my love of sketchnotes and visual note taking. I am like, OB-sessed with practicing my handwriting every chance I get. I found handwritten grocery lists to be a great way of exercising these skills, and have collected some that I’ve done in the past few months for you below.

For each list, I tried to practice a different visual element each time: using images in place of words; writing text in all-caps or all lower-case; cursive/scroll print; block letters; bullets; and frames/containers (frames and containers are shapes that surround a word/words in your notes). You can learn more about sketchnote practice in Sunni Brown’s super-helpful-webinar-series-on-visual note taking or in this post by Craighton Berman.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote; text and icons practice.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery sketchnote; practicing all-caps, alignment, and bullet points.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote practice of various “typefaces”.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote study of various “typefaces”; this one’s a little lazy :-)

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery sketchnote; practicing handwritten fonts and some icon doodles.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote study of various “typefaces”.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote; text and icons practice.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote; practicing text styles and containers (i.e., enclosing words in shapes to emphasis them).

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote practice of various “typefaces”.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote using (mostly) images/icons to capture the needed grocery items.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote study of various “typefaces”, plus an icon drawn by my hubby.

Sketchnote of grocery list items

Grocery list sketchnote; practicing containers (i.e., enclosing words in shapes to emphasis them).

Now that I’ve discovered the AnyList app, I’m no longer handwriting my grocery lists (if you’re a list-maker, you seriously need to check out that app!) but I definitely plan on continuing to practice sketchnotes :-)!

How do you practice your sketchnote skills? Let me know in the comments below!

Sketch Block is Everywhere

I *heart* typefaces. I especially heart handwritten typefaces and one in particular has been popping up a bunch over the past few months – it’s called Sketch Block and it is EVERYwhere!

Lukas Bischoff designed the typeface in 2009. It’s no surprise that Sketch Block is a popular font – it’s fun, slightly whimsical, and yet, unlike some other handwritten styles, it’s super easy-to-read.

Today, I’ve gathered some Sketch Block sightings for your viewing pleasure – check them out below!

Sketch Block on Asher Roth album cover

Sketch Block on album cover

Example of Sketch Block in a concept design for a non-profit website

Sketch Block used in a website concept

Example of Sketch Block in a concept design for a non-profit website

Sketch Block used in a website concept

Final design for non-profit website header using Sketch font

Sketch Block used in website header

An example of Sketch Block from Pinterest

Sketch Block used in a DIY tutorial from Sarah Scoop

An example of Sketch Block font in an NPR website ad

Sketch Block in ad on NPR’s website

An example of Sketch Block font in an NPR website ad

Sketch Block in ad on NPR’s website

An example of Sketch Block on Nature Valley packaging

Sketch Block on packaging

An example of Sketch Block on Nature Valley packaging

Sketch Block on packaging

Sketch Block Typeface used on packaging

Sketch Block Typeface used on packaging

Sketch Block Typeface used on packaging

Sketch Block Typeface used on craft tool packaging

Typeface similar to Sketch Block Typeface; used on ketchup bottle packaging

Typeface similar to Sketch Block Typeface; used on ketchup bottle packaging.

Sketch Block font on a magazine cover

Sketch Block font on a magazine cover