Visual notetaking may bring to mind adding doodles in the margins, but it is much more than that. Visual notes help people to clearly understand what has been written down. People worldwide understand pictures, so visual notetaking clarifies what may be a big block of text that people don’t want to sit there and read all the way through.
The Art of Visual Notetaking is thorough and informative. Emily Mills starts with the basics of what visual notetaking is and why it’s something to utilize, and takes you through the whole process from preparing for the notes to sharing the finished result. She includes different techniques and the tools that she likes, as well as why she prefers them.
I admit, I first thought that the book was going to be about adding pictures throughout the text, but I can see how wrong I was and why I need to start practicing. Though I intend to use visual notetaking for private notes first, I think that I can use what I’ve read in my graphic design. I believe that it will help me do better with both keeping notes on what clients want and making sure we’re on the same page with projects. With enough practice, I might branch out further.
Whether I start making my visual notes public or not, this is definitely something I want to start using.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.