Sketch-noting is different to traditional note-taking (which relies almost exclusively on the note-taker’s command and use of language) in that the note-taker is encouraged to combine visual and graphical forms of communication (for example pictures, graphs, deliberate use of distinct font-types etc.) with traditional, long-form note-taking. Included among this is a focus upon typography itself as a way of conveying meaning.


In those instances where I had to create visual notes intended for myself, I found it convenient to sketch a quick image as a personal semantic short-cut. When required to create visual notes intended to convey meaning to someone else, I found it less useful, partially due to my lack of skill in sketching but also because of my background in verbal communication.


My main personal challenges in using sketch-noting is that I’m not a particularly visual person and am weak at sketching in general. The other personal concern is that in a lot of instances I would find it easier to simply write down my thoughts at the time of note-taking and have confidence in my ability to understand and extrapolate meaning from them at a later time. Apart from that, sketch-noting is a practice that I look forward to integrating for my personal use in the future.