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Visual Notetaking / Sketchnotes

Visual notetaking is a process of representing ideas non-linguistically. (That’s a fancy of way of saying, “drawing pictures.”) Visual notetaking can include concept mapping, but also more artistic ways of visually capturing and representing ideas. On the simpler side of the visual notetaking continuum, visual notes can be used to create narrated art. On the complex end of the spectrum, some visual notetaking applications support the creation of whiteboard animation videos which include audio narration synchronized to screencasts of drawings. Visual or graphic facilitation can be used at meetings to summarize presentations and guide discussions. Whether simple or complex, visual notes can be used to more deeply process information as well as communicate it to others with images.


  1. Brushes 3 (F)
  2. Skitch (F)
  3. Procreate (C - $6)


  1. Sketchnotes by Carol Anne McGuire (@rockourworld)
  2. Visual Practice – iPad by Rachel Smith (@ninmah)
  3. Visual Notes by Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)

More on visual notes / sketchnoting in this Jan 2015 post: "Narrated SketchNotes on Romans 14 & Luke 14."