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  • Sketch notes and graphic facilitators

    Last week I attended a conference of communicators -- writers, designers, videographers, editors, marketers, etc. Anyway, on one of the days I had lunch with a game designer who took notes from meetings in the form of quick sketches and drawings. They were really quite cool-looking, so I asked him about it.

    He said that making "sketchnotes" kept him from getting bored in meetings, helped him pay attention, remember the important things that were said, and let him spend meetings practicing his drawing skills.

    I've seen plenty of people doodle in meetings, but hadn't seen anyone do it as a means of actually taking notes. I was intrigued, so a few days later he sent me the following links to sites devoted to sketchnoting. I think I'm going to give it a try. and

    It turns out there is even an emerging field called "graphic recorders" or "graphic facilitators" who are employed to take these sorts of sketchnotes on blackboards and whiteboards in presentations and classes to provide a visual learning alternative for those who remember things better when presented visually instead of just verbally. A Google search turns up a bunch of information on it, like

    Maybe this is old stuff, but it's the first I'd heard of it.

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    It helps me. I don't go to a lot of meetings these day though. It's like doodle meets infographics. Even my brainstorms are kind of graphic.
    It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh


    • #3
      Bingo! This is the best way for me to retrain information if not the only way. They say reading and listening only has a 30% retention rate. Image what could happen if this type of note taking was brought on at an early age.






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