The Best Marker Ever?


Is the Neuland No. One the best marker for sketchnoters and graphic recorders?

Let’s find out.

The Two Grips

First up, let’s talk about the indented grips that not only tell you what color the marker is, but also what type of mark you’re about to make.

Since the Neuland No. One has a wedge nib (a.k.a chisel tip), then depending how you hold the marker you’re going to make different types of marks on the page.

Hold it one way, you get thick marks. Another way, medium-sized strokes. And one more, thin lines.

To move from one type of mark to the other, all you have to do is rotate the marker in your hand one third of the way around.

The fact that there are just two indentations instead of three means that with a bit of practice you’ll be able to tell which line you’re about to make simply by the feel of the marker in your hand, without even having to look at it.

That’s pretty darn cool.

Additional Benefits

There are a handful of other things that the Neuland No. One has going for it:

  • No annoying oder
  • The markers are refillable
  • There are a wide range of colors available

To learn more about this tool (and many others), check out Neuland’s website.

The Perfect Marker?

So, is the Neuland No. One the perfect marker?

Of course not. There’s no such thing.

But it might be the perfect marker for you for certain situations.

That’s what I want you to be on the lookout for: materials that work well for you in the situations in which you’ll be sketchnoting. Look for those tools that align well with your process for taking visual notes.

It’s never going to be about finding the single best marker or single best pen or single best notebook. It’s about finding the right combination of tools that works well for you, your style, and the context in which you’re taking visual notes.

But no matter tools you currently have available to you, get out there and keep engaging with the things that you’re learning and making in a visual way.

Best of luck,

– Doug

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Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.

If you’d like to use your sketchnoting skills to make engaging videos, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you want to create new personal and professional opportunities by sharing the authentic journey of your skill development online, check out Learn In Public.