Many a time, our notes are scribbles – scribbles of great ideas and notes hidden amidst a lot of clutter. We often end up discarding them later because of its low-value addition to our workflows. There is a simple solution to this, a visual and a very effective form of note-taking called ‘Sketchnotes’. Sketchnotes is a form of note-taking using text, images, graphs and other graphic elements. It is probably one of the oldest ways of passing on information – cave paintings, hieroglyphs anyone? In this article, let us explore some tips and tricks about sketchnoting or visual note- taking with Noteshelf 2.
Tip 1: Listen, Process and Sketch
The human brain processes information in verbal and visuals concepts. This is called ‘The Dual Coding Theory’ proposed by Allan Paivio in 1970. When you create a sketchnote, you are essentially engaging the whole mind. Listening and processing what you hear is the key to a good sketchnote. Live sketchnoting can be intimidating at first, especially if you are too focused on the perfection of your drawings and handwriting. But, who says that your first draft needs to be perfect? You can always go back and redo, or add to it later.
Tip 2: Keep your tools ready
Noteshelf 2 and an iPad with Apple Pencil is all you need for great sketchnotes. Noteshelf has a large variety of pens, color pencils, and highlighters. You can choose the thickness and color and save it as your favorite for easy access. The all-new Favorites toolbar of Noteshelf 2 gives you one-touch access to your favorite pens and pencils, a handy feature for sketchnoting.
Tip 3: Get your basics right
Good sketchnoting has a clear topic, the use of text and bullets, objects and people, connectors and action (what conclusion you draw from it). You do not need to be very good in drawing for doing sketchnotes. Practice a few basic illustrations of banners, people, and objects to begin with. You can also save some standalone illustrations in Noteshelf 2 and copy it in your note to save you time and the effort. Illustrations created on Noteshelf 2 can be edited any time.
Tip 4: Follow the steps
Spend some time to plan the sketchnote. Some simple steps to help you create impactful sketchnotes.
Step 1 – Decide the topic, give a heading and organize the space in a proper structure.
Step 2 – Articulate what you are hearing into content, but use bare minimum text. Noteshelf also gives you the option to type your text in different fonts.
Step 3 – Add icons of objects and people that are relevant to the topic.
Step 4 – Use bold letterings, framings, and connectors to bring attention to key areas of your note.
Step 5 – Color and highlight for maximum visual impact.
Sketch, sketch and sketch more! Add sketchnotes to your skill set and take effective notes!
Do you already take sketchnotes? Do share them with us.