Sketchnotes & Visual Notetaking Facebook Live Replay is below! In the video I walk you through the who, what, why, when, where, and how of sketchnotes and visual notetaking. I share for about 20 minutes with the goal of giving you a window into the world of sketchnoting, some tips for getting started, resources to learn more, and then answer questions at the end.
In this roundup post, I did my best to include everything we talked about and will continue adding as more questions come in. Please ask your follow up questions in the comments!
SET UP YOUR PAGE
- title: Visual Notetaking – top left corner or center
- location: Facebook Live
- speaker: Tasra Dawson @ tasra.me
- your name:
WHO IS SKETCHNOTING FOR?
- Anyone who wants more clarity and focus or who needs help sorting through information (who doesn’t?).
- Anyone who wants to invoke their creative side and tap into the therapeutic benefits of visual notetaking.
- Anyone who feels stuck with a problem or situation and needs a fresh perspective.
- Anyone who would like to clarify their life and business goals and visualize their success.
WHAT IS SKETCHNOTING?
You do not have to be an artist or designer. You do not have to be good at drawing or sketching.
- Behavioral neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind, says that visual notetaking uses both motor and cognitive skills which helps relieve your brain from the stress of focusing on one thing for too long.
- Writing things down helps you remember more than just typing.
- Sketchnoting encourages you to focus and visualize, to see the bigger picture, to listen for important points, to filter out distractions and synthesize the information into a cohesive whole. All those attributes can bring you into a state of flow, to expand your visual field and your imagination.
- You’ll see connections and patterns you might miss with just text.
- For those of you, like me, who like feeling productive, sketchnotes are a meditative practice that helps you slow down while also being a productive activity that gives you a tangible outcome.
WHEN & WHERE TO SKETCHNOTE
- Gratitude List
- Class Notes
- Travel journal
- Workshop/Speaker Notes
- Planning daily, weekly or monthly schedule in bullet journal style
- Daily routines
- Mind Map
HOW TO SKETCHNOTE
- FONTS: Big Idea and Main Points
- LINES & ARROWS: Connectors to Link Ideas
- CONTAINERS: Rings or Boxes to contain ideas
- ICONS: Illustrated ideas – doodles
- COLOR: Color to unify or highlight
- Write legibly.
- Avoid visual gaps.
- Write less, more focus on big ideas.
- Embrace mistakes. They show your humanity and the human touch in your work.
- Add color afterward.
- Leave space to add icons later using nounproject.com or google search.