The secret power of sketchnoting #015

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The secret power of sketchnoting #015

Ahoj Scatchers!

Oopsies, I'm here with a later exercise. Did have a nice bike ride on an MTB track yesterday. Came home quite late and whole muddy. You would need to see that picture. But totally worth it.

Today we will be exploring the power of sketchnoting. You are asking what it is? Sketchnoting is a visual thinking method in which you take visual notes (rather than just typing letters) in real-time, during a lecture or a meeting, etc.

picture from SKETCHNOTEArmy

Sketchnotes don't require high drawing skills but do require a skill to visually synthesize and summarize via shapes, pictures, icons, text etc. Sketchnotes are as much a method of note-taking as they are a form of creative expression.

Let’s say you’re sitting in a long, important school lecture or a workshop and a bunch of information is being thrown at you, and yeah, everyone will be expecting that you know all later🤨.

sneak peek into the working sheet

So obviously, your brain can't pick up everything. The majority of us is used to write keywords or short sentences down. But if we would add colours, lettering, sketches etc., the visual connection will develop by itself and your memory and studying will become much easier.

This creative thinking exercise thus allows you to hone your skills in observation, listening, structuring information, and thinking creatively.

Suggested article to read:

Lisa Frey’s Full circle: filling the blank page — Sketchnote Army
Here’s a story of Lisa Frey’s entry into sketchnoting. Thanks Lisa!

We have a very simple working sheet today:

  • Download or print it out
  • Take some art course or listen to TED talk, podcast (whatever is crucial for you to learn or take notes)
  • Use the working sheet to sketch the most important information on the go
Shared with Dropbox
Once you are done, don't be shy and share it with us below in the comments that we can see all the different ideas and approaches.

Have fun and stay Scatchy!💜

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