Hello, everyone! This is my first blog here. This course is so different from others and it is opening a new gate of thinking method for me. I hope after this course I could still continue to work on this page to explore and think more about this visual approach.

This technique is so different from the traditional note taking. First of all, it visualizes the ideas, which makes them live and interesting. Secondly, it’s full of fun, which encourages us to utilise this technique more.

By using this visual approach, we don’t need to translate the image of our thinking to language. Especially for me, as a Chinese native speaker, sometimes I need to translate my thinking to my native language then to English. However, by utilising this visual approach, I don’t need to bother the translation and make the troublesome process now. Moreover, it is able to cross the language barrier, which could be understood by people who speak different languages. It is probably the most universal language in the world.

However, if we are thinking by words, it may cost some time to translate our words to images. More importantly, language systems have been completely developed in the modern society, which makes it ambitious to present every word by sketching.

Furthermore, it is also limited by personal drawing skill. People may misunderstand the meanings of our drawing, that eventually prevent the communication of our ideas.

I would say the drawing skill is the biggest challenge for me as a sketchnoter. Anyway, here are my sketch-notes in the first lesson. I hope you will like it! 🙂

Taking a pencil for a walk
Developing sketching vocabulary
Sketch different people performing the tasks
Sketchnoting a conference talk
Sketchnoting a process