Sketchnote: Start Here

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)_

                

Blogs:

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.

Verbal to Visual

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.

 

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