Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the start of a sketchnoting session?
Sometimes it can feel like there are just too many options out there, too many small decisions for you to make prior to jumping into some visual note-taking.
I think I came up with an analogy that might make it easier to make those decisions.
Imagine going to a fast-food Mexican restaurant where you get to see your food being made at the bar.
Often you’ll see a big menu above the bar that has a three-step process to it.
First you decide whether you want a bowl or burrito. Then you pick your protein source. Finally, you pick what veggies and other toppings you want.
I feel like there’s an opportunity to do something similar with sketchnoting.
In the first step you pick your materials. In the second step you pick a specific process that you want to use. And in the third step you pick some individual skills to focus on during that sketchnoting session.
That’s the menu that I decided to sketch out above, and here’s what the creation process looked like:
So there it is, a menu that outlines your options and helps you choose your next sketchnoting meal!
I hope it was useful both seeing the result and also seeing the process that led to it.
Are you a teacher interested in helping your students develop their own sketchnoting skills? I built a resource kit to help with that, called Sketchnoting in the Classroom:
*** If you work outside of the education setting but still want to build your visual thinking skills and apply those skills to your personal and professional life, you might enjoy An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking:
If you work outside of the education setting but still want to build your visual thinking skills and apply those skills to your personal and professional life, you might enjoy An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking: