How To Create A Sketchnoted Video On Your iPhone (Part 1: The Idea) - Verbal to visual video - Doug Neill - doodling, visual notes, whiteboard animation

How To Make A Sketchnoted Video On Your iPhone (Part 1: The Idea)

Note: This is the 1st in a four-part series on using your iPhone to create a sketchnoted video as a way to share your ideas with others. View Part 2 herePart 3 here, and Part 4 here.

As technologies improve and social networks evolve, the number of options for sharing ideas with others grow exponentially.

Sketchnoting is one way to go about that sharing of ideas. The combination of text and imagery engage the brain of the viewer in a unique way.

But there’s only so much you can do with a static image. This week we’re going to go a step further and add video to the mix so that you can capture and share your ideas in an even more effective way.

To keep it accessible we won’t be talking about fancy DSLRs or even simpler point-and-shoots. Neither will we be talking about desktops, laptops, or high-end video-editing software.

Instead we’ll be doing all shooting and editing on an iPhone.

Let’s get to it.

How To Make A Sketchnoted Video On Your iPhone (Part 1: The Idea) - Doug Neill - Verbal To Visual Video - doodling, visual notes, whiteboard animation

The Idea

Before we get too caught up in the dynamics and technology of video-making, let’s not forget that at the core of any form of communication is an idea. Make sure to you have a solid grasp on the idea that you want to share, and start thinking about the way to express that idea visually.

The Audience

That idea of yours isn’t going to be floating around in the aether. It’s going to hit real eyes and ears, and you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor if you define up front who the audience is that you want to reach with your video.

Once you decide who this video is for it becomes much easier to make decisions about the best way to share your idea – what visuals to use, what words to write and speak, what music (if any) to play in the background.

The Outcome

There’s probably a reason that you’re sharing this particular set of ideas with that specific audience. When you state that reason explicitly, you’re much more likely to achieve whatever outcome you’re shooting for.

So after defining you audience, be sure to also define the desired outcome that you hope results after a person watches your video.

With those three pieces in mind, start brainstorming and drafting what your sketchnoted video will look like.

Then check out Part 2: The Setup.


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’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

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