How is this technique different to the traditional note taking?

Both as important ways to record and express thoughts,  traditional note taking and sketch noting have lots in common. However, the differences between them are conspicuous.

  • Sketch noting makes use of dots, lines, surfaces to make up images. It requires skill of drawing. Every element can be put anywhere on the paper rather than following lines. As a result, it is images that conveys information not a lot of letters . The traditional note taking relies on  the combination of words, grammars and punctuation marks to convey certain information. It requires skill of writing.
  • As a more “image reader” than “word reader”, I think sketch noting expresses meaning in group. The various elements are related in some way and different information comes into mind at first sight, then be divided into pieces.


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

POSITIVE: Some information can be presented by sketching easily, and the relation between different parts of sketch is clear. This visual approach can make my idea looks more visual and more vivid compared with just using words, and meanwhile  attract people to read them.

NEGETIVE: Sketch noting encounters with difficulties when recording abstract information, because this visual approach depends on images and symbols comes from the material world.

 Personal challenges as a sketchnoter.

As a green hand, I need to improve my “vocabulary” of Sketch. Information can be transformed into words, but when it comes to sketch noting same thing, it can makes me “speechless”.

As a new hand, I need to improve my skill of hand drawing to make information record precisely, neatly and fast.