A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend two conferences “back East”—the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, in Montclair, NJ, and the Applied Improvisation Network, in Stony Brook, NY (with a Learning Journey in Manhattan).
As a visual practitioner, of course I took visual notes, also known as sketchnotes (a term invented by Mike Rohde, author of The Sketchnote Handbook (aff), so I thought it would be fun to share some of them here on the blog!
Sketchnotes are personal notes designed for the note-taker’s private use. They are not intended to be displayed—they’re notes… with visuals.
Research shows that incorporating visuals into your note-taking significantly enhances comprehension and memory, regardless of your drawing skill level.
Personally, I find that since I’ve started taking visual notes, notetaking is simply a heckuva lot more fun! Plus I actually like looking back at my notes — something I NEVER did before I started sketchnoting, because all my notes looked the same before, and I could never find anything!
I share some of my conference sketchnotes here in the hopes they will inspire you to pick a pen and try sketchnoting yourself.