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10 Brilliant Examples Of Sketch Notes: Notetaking For The 21st Century. Sketch notes–or graphic notes, or whatever other term you like–are one of the single most important developments in note-taking history. Hold on, give me a second to explain. Exactly why they matter has something to do with the way our brains work, and the explosion of technology, and a little bit of viral success.

The point of notes, it seems, is to capture important ideas for future reference. While it’s nothing new to take notes that combine images with words and phrases, sketch notes are actually an evolution of this idea. Then Ken Robinson’s Changing Educational Paradigms exploded across the internet, and the sound of the little marker squeaking across the whiteboard became synonymous with digital storytelling. Why? The water cycle has a story to tell that is exceptionally hard to document in an outline form–and impossible to do so engagingly or enthusiastically. And in the era of tablet PCs, smartphones, and instagram, this means everything. The MOO Blog | The power of a picture. 13th January 2015 by Karen Do you ever fall asleep with great ideas and thoughts floating around in your head only to have forgotten it all in the morning?

Instead of wishing for dreamtime post-it notes (awesome idea, huh?) Your next great idea could be captured by creating a vision board. A picture really is worth a thousand words as the brain processes images much faster than a cluster of words. We’ll stop there with the science but that’s why vision boards are used by businesses of all shapes and sizes to capture objectives, create plans and devise strategies.

Claire Holgate is a graphic recorder and illustrator who specialises in creating visual drawings from meetings, conferences and business brainstorms. We spoke to Claire to find out how we can create a vision board to put all your 2015 plans into action. Hello Claire! Hi! What do I need to start creating a vision board? All you really need is a pen and paper! What’s the first step? • What do you hope to achieve this year?