How is this sketchnoting technique different to the traditional note taking?

Compared to traditional note taking, sketch noting is more visual and easy to understand for later reflection. Sketching could help us thinking more openly and creatively which is essential for interaction designers. Sketch noting could record speakers’ points more comprehensive and relevant to their origin thoughts. Sketch noting could be the most efficient approach for note taking if we already have our own sketch style and symbols for objects. And sketch noting could record our ideas without much restraints and rules. In addition, Sketch noting have more fun than traditional note taking when we listening to a presentation or designing.

How does this visual approach facilitate communication of your ideas? Conversely, how does it prevent it?

When writing, we just write down what we heard without processing by our brain. The sketches we draw are combinations between things we hear and our imagination. Using sketching could draw everything related to the word and generate our own thoughts without too many restraints. However, if we go too far, it could cause misunderstanding when reflection. As a beginner of sketching noting, it consumes much time to decide what I will draw, which could lead to miss speaker’s idea.

Referring to challenges, I have got used to traditional notetaking with a strictly logical, organized layout. It still needs time to change to a totally new style of note taking. I would like to try letting it flow when I feel like it, whether it looks good or not. I found it is always difficult to transform word to image based on what I listened from the speaker. So It could slow down the speed of taking note and miss points from the speaker. Maybe more practice would be helpful such as sketching the presentation on TED.

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