March 18, 2015

Sketchnoting & Making it Visual

Visual Note Taking – What is Sketchnoting?

Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes, and lines.

A great video that introduces the idea of Sketchnoting:

Why use Sketchnoting?

Sketchnoting can help you process information. Sketchnoting engages the whole mind and is based off the Dual Coding Theory by Allan Paivio, which suggests that the brain processes information using two primary channels, the verbal and the visual. When both modes are active, such as with sketchnoting, then the brain creates an associative library of words and images. This allows your brain to create a mental reference system.

Complex ideas can often be expressed in a simple drawing and the focus is on larger themes and ideas, not the little unimportant details.

Your sketchnote is your unique expression, you do not have to be a good drawer to make a sketchnote. The most important part of a sketchnote is that the ideas are conveyed. It is all about the IDEAS!

Three Things to Remember:

  • Text
    • Highlight important terms to distinguish from details, descriptions, etc.
    • You can also treat words as images
  • Images
    • Turn words into pictures
  • Structure
    • Organizes the flow and relationship between information

When Working Think About:

  • How are you creating your letters? What type of lettering are you using?
    • Titles
    • Upper Case
    • Lower Case
  • How are you creating lists?
    • What are the main ideas?
    • Can you identify sub-points?
    • How are you visually discerning and placing emphasis in the list?
  • How are you organizing you information?
    • How are you adding connectors for key points?
    • Are there patterns?
  • How are you adding visual interest?
    • How do you make your notes yours?
    • How can you develop your style
    • Are you adding shadows?
    • Are you adding frames?
    • How are you using color to place emphasis and contrast? (pick only a few)

Creating Virtual Notes on the iPad using Adobe Ideas

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March 18, 2015