Why draw at work?

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If you just heard for the first time in your life that anybody in an office job is drawing on the job, you might be inclined to think that person is just doodlin away instead of doing their actual job. But what if I told you, that by drawing, they can actually do their job more productively?

There’s four situations where you can be more effective if you use drawing techniques in your work:

  1. Presentations without powerpoint
  2. Making visual notes
  3. Tell stories in a better way
  4. Document meetings

Let’s dive into these in detail:

Presentations without powerpoint

The dread of everybody working in an office: Endless meetings with endless Powerpoint slides, killing even the most durable attention spans. In a world of endless slides, it’s refreshing to see a handmade presentation just on a flipchart, with explanatory drawings instead of piles of text. The person presenting can present the big picture at once as well as going into the details on a flipchart, all while providing a visual anchor for your thoughts to hang on.

Making visual notes

There’s a ton to be said for making visual notes or sketchnotes. We process information faster and can remember it better, if the information is presented in a visual way instead of only a written one. Also it’s faster to draw the picture of something in seconds instead of describing it in verbal detail in a multitude of the time needed. And if you made sketchnotes to a talk or meeting, just looking at the individual drawings provide you with a visual anchor to what was said at the time you noted that down. At least that’s how it works with my sketchnotes for me.

Tell stories in a better way

You’re working on a new product for your company. After doing customer interviews, you want to tell your team about potential improvements in your customers “customer journey”, the part in the life of a person where they discover a problem and try to solve it using your product. You could write an essay about your customers day, what problem she encounters and what happens once she finally solves it. But if you just draw it, even with simple stick figures, you can’t only explain the process more easily, but also you have something to point to in discussions with your team.

Document meetings

This one is similar to making visual notes, with the difference that the notes you’re making here are to be legible for others than just yourself. Also mostly you’ll do these on a flipchart, whiteboard or some digital medium. Drawing what has been said doesn’t only help document the process, it also proves whether or not you understood people correctly. And like in the storytelling example, you can use the drawings as a base for discussions.


I’m sure there’s a lot more occasions where your work can benefit from drawing skills. I find that drawing is not only great fun itself, but also a valuable tool to think differently about our world. Like with every tool, it’s important to recognize where you can use it, and where you’re better off using a different one («If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.»)

And if you think «That all sounds great, but unfortunately I can’t draw?», then here’s the part where I shamelessly plug my drawing course for all of you living in the area of Thun or Bern: Find out more on the course page.

Help me redesign this website

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This site annoys me. There are a couple of things that bother me and that could be improved. As probably any Designer in any point in time, I want to tear down my website and redesign it from the ground up. I did this a couple of times already and would have a couple of places to start from.

But this time it isn’t about me, it’s about you. Designers tend to be narcisstic by nature, but this website doesn’t exist only for me to look at my own stuff on the web. It’s purpose is to reach people out there and resonate. The most carefully crafted message is wasted if it doesn’t reach it’s recipient.

I need to know what currently works and what doesn’t, and instead of guessing that for myself, I need to hear that from you. To gather your feedback, I created a little typeform. It takes only 5 minutes to answer.

“What do I get out of this?”, you might ask yourself. Well, first of all, you get the warm, fuzzy feeling of helping out a really cool dude. And if that alone wasn’t enough, you also get the chance of winning one of 5 prints of mine. The survey is available in german or english.

Take the survey in german

Take the survey in english

The machine

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Here’s a glimpse into a secret project.

Boardtest 2016

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I love drawing characters, and I love drawing animals. So it’s not surprising that this Illustration was a lot of fun to do! It’s for a snowboardtest in March in Adelboden, where you get to test snowboards from all the big (and small) brands for free.


The process: Pencil sketch, Inks, Color sketch and finished work


Tiny Exhibition in Grindelwald this Saturday

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This saturday, the 16th of January, I will be having a small exhibition of my art at the Bus Stop Bar in Grindelwald. The Bar is inside an actual Bus from the 1960’s, placed at the bottom of the valley run that leads from the ski resort to the village of Grindelwald.

There will be music and visuals by my friend Matt and his Buddy Ernst, and you’ll get epic apres-ski drinks like a «hot mojito» or «café motor oil» at the bar.


Grindelwald. One of the most beautiful places in switzerland. (Photo © Bus Stop)


Probably one of the dopest venues to have an exhibition. Photo © Bus Stop

Here you’ll find the facebook event.


Happy new year!

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Happy new year everybody! Time to mix up things a little in the new year: I found a process for expressive lines that I really like. Here’s how it works: Try drawing with a really soft pencil (3B – 6B) on tracing paper. And if you want to loosen it up some more, hold the pencil with your index finger and thumb, while letting it come out between your ring finger and pinky. It feels a bit weird at first, but the pencil is at a very flat angle, thus producing very wide lines. You also can’t control it as much as you could with a normal grip, but that’s the fun part of it.

More story development

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This is Eddie. He is the main protagonist of my story project I’m working on. I’m super motivated to have a project like this, and it’s fun to develop the story and all the characters in it.

ek_eddie_head_scribbleI’ve been scribbling scenes and characters in my sketchbook on my commute to work this week, so here are some more rough sketches for you:


More Character Heads

Writing and scribbling

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I’m currently taking a course on personal and story projects called Oatley Academy Live by the Oatley Academy of Concept Art & Illustration. It’s the best course ever if you’re an artist want to do a childrens book, comic or whatever on your own or with a collaborator. It teaches you the basics of storytelling, how to create your own story with a theme, what to look for when designing characters and environments for the story. It’s awesome and you should check it out. Seriously.

The course helps me develop my own story project, which will either be a Children’s Book or a Comic. It’s about grumpy wizards, a kitchen and monsters. It’s really fun to write, and when designing a character it helps a ton if you have a backstory figured out for the character.

An environment sketch with some shading studies to learn the tools of Mischief

An environment sketch with some shading studies to explore the tools of Mischief

Pictures from the Magnoliart Exhibition

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A couple of weeks ago, I got to do my first exhibition ever, as a part of the Magnoli-Art Series in the bar El Camino in my hometown Thun. It was a unusually hot night for a swiss summer and a lot of people showed up. Thanks to the El Camino there were was free beer and white whine along with some delicious snacks for those who appeared early.

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Since I work mostly digital, I mostly had prints exhibited. But there were also some watercolor originals, some of which I even got to sell. Next to the originals there were also a couple of prints and postcards sold.

There was a water leak of the building next to it the week before, so the back part of the bar was turned into a construction site in the days where the exhibition was. This meant that the space for the exhibition was one third smaller than expected. But we managed to improvise something and in the end it turned out pretty well.

Since I also have a ton of sketches, we wanted to find a way to showcase them as well. So we turned the part on op of the stairs into a smaller version of my sketching desk at home. We pasted some copied sketchbook pages on the wall and put a couple of open sketchbooks along with pens and other utensils on the desk. With the wooden panels on the wall from the construction and the half disassembled lamp in the corner it worked out really well.


The man who made it all possible: Fabian Scheidegger who organises the Magnoli-Art events. Thank you so much bro.

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All in all it was a great experience for myself, and working on my art for the exhibition was super fun. The most important thing I learned:

It’s so much easier for me to practice and work on something if I have a goal to work towards than when I just work on stuff at random.

Thanks  to Fabian Scheidegger, to the El Camino Team to everyone who showed up and of course to everyone who bought something, I’m really grateful for the support.