The Two-Color Approach To Taking Visual Notes - Verbal To Visual Video - Doug Neill - sketchnoting, doodling, visual notes

The Two-Color Approach To Taking Visual Notes

When I first began sketchnoting, I enjoyed using just one pen, black in color. The simplicity of the black marks on the page appealed to me, as did the simplicity of that note-taking system.

But lately I’ve enjoyed bringing some contrast into my notes by adding just one more color to the mix.

To do the same with your notes, keep it simple by using one color for writing words, and another color for sketching out visual elements.

Two-Color Visual Note-Taking - Verbal To Visual Video - Doug Neill - sketchnoting, doodling, visual notes

That will help you to keep track of the verbal and visual balance on the page while you’re taking your notes, and will also provide some useful contrast to the overall page when you’re done.

Give this two-color approach a try and see if it works well for you!

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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’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.