Sketchnoting—Capturing Ideas and Concepts with Visual Narratives

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2014 - March 20, 2014

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead and Owner
NuggetHead Studioz

Have you ever had an important meeting with your boss and diligently took notes as if you’re transcribing the entire conversation? Chances are that you took good notes, but most people rarely go back to the notes they take. Why do we take notes if we don’t intend to do anything with them? Our intentions and our motivation are there, but most often we end up looking hazily at our own handwriting trying to decipher a note or why we even wrote it.

Sketchnoting is about telling a story with your notes, not drawing skill. Sketchnoting is largely about learning how to visually transcribe what you hear into a logical set of text, symbols, shapes, and even colors in an organized manner. The simple act of taking notes in this style enhances your own retention while creating them and causes you to concentrate with more focused attention, and your notes are ultimately easier to understand when you recall them at a later date.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The building blocks of visual communication
  • What sketchnotes are and their various styles
  • How to organize you notes in logical flow of rows, grids, or columns
  • The five categories that make up a well-rounded sketchnote
  • How to tell a story with your notes
  • Subtle tips and techniques to add emotion and meaning to gestures and expressions

Novice-to-advanced instructional designers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Digital sketching applications.

Student technology needs:
Participants will need a pen or pencil, and paper or a sketchbook. Attendees may use an iPad or digital tablet; however, this session is designed to be completely analog.


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