December 30, 2014
Sketchnoting is the art of visual recording in which the sketchnoter draws on a multimodal set of tools to communicate their ideas. Unlike traditional note taking, sketchnoting is a primarily visual medium in that it foregrounds the visual element and highlights connections and hierarchies. Sketchnoting involves the blending of words with drawings, shapes, diagrams, and graphic organizers ( e.g arrows, pointers, bullet points..etc). In short, sketchnoting, as I like to think of it, is an advanced form of doodling.
Here is a very good example of how a sketchnote looks like. This is done created by Rachel Smith
According to Mike Rohde, author of The Sketchnote Handbook, sketchnoting has several pluses:
- It engages your whole mind
- It creates a visual map
- Sketchnoting helps your concentration
- Sketchnoting taps our visual language
- Sketchnoting is relaxing
- Creating Sketchnotes is dynamic and fun.
But before you install of these apps, let us talk a little bit more on sketchnoting as a process. To sketchnote, you can either use your finger which is most definitely not handy or use a stylus. A stylus is a pen that enables you to scribble, draw, and write on the screen of your iPad. The top five styluses out there now are included in this list. I personally use Adonit Jot Pro which is by far the most versatile among them all.
Now that you have got your stylus , you will need a good app where you can sketchnote. If you are looking for a very simple and easy to use app, FlipInk or Adobe Ideas are what you need. For advanced sketchnoters I would recommend Paper 53.
2- Paper 53
Paper is the simplest way to express your ideas. You don’t need to know how to draw. From sketching out a new product design, to drafting a kitchen remodel or outlining a great business plan, Paper sets your ideas free. It works the way you think, with no fussy settings or distractions. Available with Paper are five beautiful tools to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline, and Color.
3- Adobe Ideas
Adobe® Ideas gives you the ability to draw freeform vector illustrations wherever you are. Replace your pen and paper with a huge virtual canvas, customizable brushes, and pressure sensitive stylus support. With a Creative Cloud membership, easily sync Adobe Ideas projects to Creative Cloud and open them for refinement in Illustrator.
4- Air Sketch