Technically, I guess it's called graphic recording
I'm not saying it's the only way to take notes. I'm not even saying it's the best way to take notes. All I'm saying is that it's another way to take notes. And, one that could help you internalize concepts better by the simple act of associating imagery with cognition.
In this video, Rachel Smith explains to a room full of Tedx conference attendees about the value of graphic recording. But, more than that, she facilitates a quick activity that you can also do in, like, 30 seconds, that will prove to you that you have the ability to draw.
(8:30) What's the most common objection from folks who think they can't learn how to graphically record?
(9:30) Three Simple Steps:
- Pick a tool (9:40)
- Learn a few basic icons in your drawing vocabulary (10:40)
- Listen for and capture key points (12:00)
(13:28) "You don't want to take too long..."
(15:00) Give it a try... (activity). Draw a person.
Trace Your Way to a New Graphic Vocabulary
That last point reminds me of another easy way to learn your graphic vocabulary. A few weeks back I posted an article about the "Dummies Guide to Drawing Custom Sketch Graphics On the iPad." By using the same technique I showed there for drawing a simple ball (and a not so simple F-18 jet fighter), I've been steadily learning how to build my own graphic vocabulary. You can do it, too; give it a try.
Take the image above (click to enlarge-courtesy: Rachel Smith) and, using the same technique I showed in the "Dummies Guide" post, import the image into your iPad Sketchpad app, then use a (fun) little activity we all used to love in grade school: Tracing.
Maybe once you and I become proficient with our basic "vocabulary," we too can put more imagery in our notes.
Give it a try. Then tell me. How long did it take you to draw a person?
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