I recently posted about one of my current obsessions (Bullet Journal: Start Here). Today I want to share a similar resources post to introduce you to Sketchnotes.
So … what is a Sketchnote? I guess a sketchnote could be a lot of things. It’s generally very visual but often uses handwritten text in different sizes and colors, connecting lines and hand-drawn containers to group and connect ideas. Sketchnotes are sort of a cross between doodles and mind maps. Here are a couple interesting examples I found on the web …
I’m really excited about visual note taking. I’ve been playing with this style of note taking for several years with limited success. This year I decided to make it a priority to make this more a part of my daily routine for a couple reasons.
- Visual note taking helps create and maintain focus
- Visual note taking increases memory retention
- Visual note taking engages every part of the mind and promotes creative thinking
Don’t believe me? Listen to Sunni Brown. She knows what she’s talking about.
Now that you know a little more about what Sketchnotes (or doodles as Sunni calls them) are, here are some links to get you started.
Books: (click the image to go to that book on Amazon)_
This is my FAVORITE sketchnote blog, but there are MANY out there. I’ll do a blog roundup of some of the others on my go to list sometime soon.
I love the Verbal to Visual site. There are a LOT of great free videos available on the blog and for $50 you can buy a comprehensive video series. I was on the fence for almost a year about buying the videos (I’m remarkably cheap), but now that I’ve done it I wish I hadn’t waited. Doug has a great conversational style. Books are great, but for me I had to see these videos to really make Sketchnotes click.
Here is a video where Doug lays it all out for you …
I hope something in this post inspires you to try sketchnoting. The more I use it, the more I love it.