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

  • Sketching activates verbal and visual modes to capture concepts. Our visual language, complex ideas can often be expressed by more effectively drawings. It’s to combine verbal and visual concepts together to build a visual map of our state of mind. In contract, traditional note taking is only about describe ideas from literal perspective. However, sketching is to construct our wordy notes with symbol and signature, capture and elaborate ideas as they comes to you. and to put it in an more simple way. in other words: to simplify our notes

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

  • When we sketching, our whole brain is absorbed in reminding, synthesizing, seizing ideas and summarize. So, we could follow a generative process of developing, honing, and choosing ideas. Moreover, We can recall thoughts, feelings, and other details through viewing our sketch notes. Thus facilitating us to communicate with other’s mind, and most importantly, helping us to summary and construct our ideas simply and effectively.

On the other hand, sketching could also prevent us from recording elaborate details. You might express your thoughts  by drawing sth subtly, but after few weeks later, you might not be able to interpret it accurately. What’s more, sometimes to make an animation accurately means we need to spend more time and concentrations on drawing a figure, thus we might have fewer time for thinking logically, and reflect ideas fluently.

3. Personal challenges as a sketchnoter.

  • When I’m sketching, I find it difficult to keep balance between reflect my ideas with drawing figure or with using words. I also have tendency to use too much literal expression. Moreover, I always pay too much attention to draw a nice picture instead of to express my ideas and logic. But actually we don’t need to make a sketch too pretty or accurate.