Generating ideas, organizing thoughts, sharing and selling people on these thoughts… we all have great things going on in our heads, but it’s only good if you can get it out!
As a creative I love generating ideas, and am blessed with the ability to put ideas down on paper. It’s my favorite part of any project, hands down. Over the years of practice and experimenting I’ve picked up techniques in capturing my thoughts. One I’m particularly excited about is visual note taking, aka sketchnoting. As a visual person, visual note taking is something I’ve been doing all along, since sketching is a big part of how I solve problems. But through sketchnoting I’m starting to really embracing its value and the potential it brings.
The beautiful thing is, this is not just for right brain, visual folks. Sketchnoting is something anyone can do and use. Tapping into both the verbal and the visual is the key here. The overlap of these two touchpoints allows us to capture, remember, and clarify information and experiences on a whole new level. Sketchnoting is a combination of writing, lettering, drawing, and focus. It’s all about ideas, not art. Progress, not perfection. The main goal of sketchnoting is to capture your thinking.
I was introduced to sketchnoting through Mike Rohde and his book, The Sketchnote Workbook. I was so intrigued that this is actually something people are teaching, learning and selling. So much so that I traveled to Nashville last spring to attend his Sketchnote Workshop so I could learn from him in person and work towards refining this practice. I came back with the realization that the applications of this are endless and can bring great value to not only me, but also others.
To collect my thoughts for this post, I first sat down with my felt pens and sketchpad and thought it through with a sketchnote. See the photo below… this is really the only way to show you the power of visual note taking!
Want to hear more? Here is a short interview with Mike on the value and benefits of sketchnoting. Is this something you could see helping you? I encourage you to give it a try and experiment, and if it’s not your cup of tea, RDG would be glad to help with all of your sketchnoting needs!