Sketchnotes

Even though I consider myself a high-tech guy, I am still enamored with pen and paper to a certain extent. I have a growing collection of fountain pens and a small stockpile of Rhodia paper and Clairefontaine stationary from France, and I have even taken to writing a lot of handwritten notes to my students. So even though I love computers, I am on a constant search for how to better use pen and paper in my work. Over the last year or so from different sources I have heard about Mike Rohde and his process of note-taking called Sketchnotes. Essentially it's a method for note-taking that focuses on images and text together on a page which aims for better retention in the moment and better recall after the fact. I was interested in learning how it might be helpful to me, as I regularly attend lectures and meetings where I actually do want to retain the information for future use. To that end I just finished reading his book The Sketchnote Handbook, and for a guy like me who has no drawing ability it was very helpful in explaining what the method and goal are and for giving some practical tips on getting started. It is a very easy read, and contains a lot of encouragement and common sense. He has a companion website, Sketchnote Army, which features Sketchnotes from people around the world. I encourage you to take a look and give it a try if you are interested in improving your game when it comes to taking notes.

As a humble offering, here is my Sketchnote from chapel on Feb 4, which featured Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla speaking on "A Vision for Preaching" as part of our Griffith Thomas Lectures this week. (Watch his messages when you get the chance. Good stuff!)