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Top 10 Visual Metaphors For Sketchnoters

In this episode of Verbal To Visual Video I share the ten visuals that I most frequently use while taking notes. If you’re new to visual note-taking, then these ten visual metaphors are useful ones to learn and then build on!

#10: Pencil

Multipurpose: writing, drawing, making, and creativity.

#9: Book

Multipurpose: knowledge, learning, reading, and writing.

#8: Coffee Mug

Multipurpose: energy, breakfast, café, and drink.

#7: Light Bulb

Multipurpose: idea, creativity, insight, and innovation.

#6: Star

Multipurpose: achievement, goal, prize, and motivation.

VTV Video Episode 3 - Top 10 Visual Metaphors; pencil book coffee mug light bulb star envelope cell phone laptop stick figure thought speech bubbles

#5: Envelope

Multipurpose: email, letter, contact, and communicate.

#4: Cell Phone

Multipurpose: technology, communication, information, and connection.

#3: Laptop

Multipurpose: technology, entertainment, connection, and work.

#2: Stick Figure

Multipurpose: you, me, anybody, and everybody!

#1: Thought & Speech Bubbles

Multipurpose: reflect, dream, communicate,  and share.

Start with these simply drawn icons, and then keep building your visual vocabulary with new ones!

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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.