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Sketchnotes 101: The Basics of Visual Note-taking

Sketchnotes 101: The Basics of Visual Note-taking
Welcome to the second article in the the new Core77 "Sketchnotes Channel" (www.core77.com/sketchnotes) where we'll be exploring the application of visual thinking tools in the worlds of design and creative thinking. So you say you're ready to start sketchnoting. Maybe you're not much of a sketcher but you take a lot of notes, and are interested in making them more meaningful and interesting, but you're afraid your drawings are too crude. For you, it's important to stress that sketchnotes—although they are inherently a visual medium—do not require drawing ability of any kind. Essentially they're about transforming ideas into visual communication; structuring thoughts and giving hierarchy to concepts can be completed with strictly text and a few lines. Maybe you're perpetually drawing and want to try and make your notes more useful and engaging but you are afraid of imposing structure to your normally freeform way of sketching. In the end, it's up to you. So let's get tactical.

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From Text to Sketchnotes: A How-To Guide for Novice Visual Note Takers My recent sketchnotes of Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine: How Creativity Works were the result of a new process of visual note-taking that I was testing out for the first time. I found that process very useful, so I decided to share it with you here. What follows is not the only way of going from verbal ideas to visual ideas, but it works for me. Maybe it will work for you as well. Step 1: Reading and Rough Sketching. As you read, take some rough notes and sketch out some initial attempts at visualizing the ideas within the text.

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