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Using Visuals As An Anchor While Taking Notes

One of the powerful things about visual note-taking is the ability of a single drawn object to trigger an entire set of ideas.

I like to think of that meaningful visual element as an anchor. It’s a reference point that holds a number of other ideas in place:

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Here are some examples of anchors that I have used in the past:



Something as simple as a door or a shoe, when combined with just a few words that add some context, triggers in my mind the stories and ideas behind those objects.

So the next time you’re sketchnoting, listen for those objects that could serve as anchors to the set of ideas that your capturing on the page.

What powerful visual anchors have you used in the past?


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.