Sketchnoting the Share Economy

Over the weekend, I read an article on Wired titled How AirBnB and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other. It was a fascinating look into the Share Economy and the critical role of trust in driving its success. The article highlighted personal narratives within the movement and provided context for the many peer-to-peer services that are taking hold across the country. 

As a big proponent of the share economy and user of peer-to-peer services like Lyft, AirBnB, CouchSurfing, and yerdle, I was excited about the article and began to take notes with paper and pen. Starting first in bullet points and pros, I found myself progressively moving towards sketches, visually communicating the ideas in the story. Sketching gave new life to my notes and provided a dynamic way to express what I was reading. 

Inspired by Mike Rhode’s Sketchnote Handbook, I decided to scrap my my written notes and instead, sketchnote the article. 

Here’s the final piece:

Notes

We are:

A Brief history of Trust:

The share economy as a function of trust over the last 200+ years.

Beginning pre-1800s, the share economy was able to succeed based on a sense of intimate trust. With advances of technology during the 1900s and mass migration to urban areas, trust was lost and proxies for trust emerged. Now with the help of the internet, modern devices, and peer-to-peer businesses, intimate trust is being restored and is helping to bring people together again. 

Additional notes

  • In the Sharing Economy, we’re not anonymous. 
  • Psychology tells us we don’t mess with people we know. 
  • “[The Share Economy] is not just building a business but fundamentally re-wiring our relationship with one another.
  • Money feels secondary; an afterthought to the human connection that upholds the whole experience.
  • My inspiration: Wired

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100 Sketches in 2 days

As a UX designer, it's important to be able to communicate your ideas visually. Developing this skill takes time, effort, and an acute awareness of interactions among people, objects, and the environment.

I like to learn fast and slow, immersing myself in an experience for an intense period of time then  stepping back and to reflect on my what I learned. Last week I challenged myself to take a deep-dive into visual communication -- 100 sketches in 2 days. I was curious to see what patterns might emerge and how I might have developed as a visual communicator. 

Using 3x5 inch cards, Sharpies, and a grey marker, I sketched what was around me. My walk home from work, people on the street, and ordinary objects. I captured people, things, contexts, spaces, and flows. 

Below are 10 of my 100 sketches.

From my dining room table

From my dining room table

Across the table from this.

Across the table from this.

Walking on Valencia Street

Walking on Valencia Street

Tossing out old ideas

Tossing out old ideas

Homemade vegetable smoothy

Homemade vegetable smoothy

Waiting at the bus stop

Waiting at the bus stop

Pigeons in the park

Pigeons in the park

Trash near the Embarcadero

Trash near the Embarcadero

My backyard

My backyard

Cat in Noe Valley

Cat in Noe Valley