Using A Title Font To Separate Sections Of Your Visual Notes - Verbal To Visual

Using A Title Font To Separate Sections Of Your Visual Notes

This post is the last in a series dedicated to getting you started with handwritten fonts – helping you to develop a few different styles of writing text in order to add hierarchy and personality to your visual notes.

We started with a discussion about your core font – your go-to style of writing.

Then we moved on to the development of a secondary font to highlight important ideas within a string of text.

In this post I’ll be showing you how to add a third font to your repertoire to use as a separator between the major sections of your notes.

Step 1: Select Your Title Font

Step 1 Select Your Title Font - Big and Bold

I’m using the term ‘Title Font’ because its purpose is to identify the big-picture chunks of information that you’re capturing during a sketchnoting session.

When you notice a speaker or author transitioning to a new topic, that’s when you would want to break out your title font to capture the new direction.

With those titles in place, when you revisit your notes it will be easier to find specific information because you will have those titles as a guide.

Since the purpose of your title font is to stand out, make sure that its style is big and bold. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the two fonts that I used in the sketch above, but I do recommend that it be bigger than your other fonts and have a unique style.

Here’s a recent post from Creative Bloq sharing handwritten fonts (intended for use on a computer) that might give you some inspiration as you search for and select a title font.

Try a few out, maybe by writing the full alphabet with each to get a feel for them, and then pick the one that you like best.

Step 2: Practice Your Title Font

Step 2 Practice Title Font

Now that you’ve got a title font selected, practice using it, first on its own, and then mixing in your other fonts as well.

A good long term goal is to develop consistency in the way you use each of your fonts. The first step toward that goal is to get used to switching between your multiple fonts.

To practice, think about your typical day. Break up your day into meaningful chunks, and use your title font to label each chunk of your day. Then below each title, use your core font and secondary font to describe what happens during that chunk of the day.

That practice will prepare you for the next step.

Step 3: Sketchnote With Your Title Font

Step 3 Sketchnote With Your Title Font

It’s now time to put your new font into action.

Find some information you’d like to sketch out, and then use your title font while taking visual notes on that info.

You might even try only using text (no visuals) in order to practice the three font styles I’ve mentioned so far: your core font, your secondary font, and your title font.

But if you’d like to build in some of your visual vocabulary as well, that’s cool too.

After you have sketched out the information, take a step back and see if the use of a title font met your needs. If it didn’t, switch something up. If it did, keep rockin’ it.

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If you’ve been following along throughout this series on handwritten fonts, you now have three different writing styles to incorporate into your notes in specific ways.

I’d love to see how you’re using those fonts, so be sure to let me know how it’s going with a comment below, an email, or a tweet.

Good luck!


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