Mindmapping and Sketchnoting
What is note taking all about?
It is recording the most important details about a topic, idea, or concept.
Unless text is your first, best mode of interacting with the world around you, it would be a shame for note taking to include only words. It needs to include codes and symbols, images and arrows, underlining and color that are meaningful to the individual note-taker.
Mind Maps are networks of lines that link key phrases or "bullets" of text. The lines branch off main points to subsidiary points, which branch out further to tertiary points, and so on. Ideas are distilled into as few words as possible, using paraphrase and summary, and whenever direct quotes are necessary they should be illustrated with images or diagrams. It’s a kind of outline, exploded radially across the page in a rainbow of colors, a web of associations that looks like a tree of knowledge, or a neuron’s branching dendrites. And because it is full of colorful images arranged in order across the page, it functions as a kind of memory palace scrawled on paper.
Memory, as discussed on other pages about Memory Journeys and Mnemonics, is primarily an imaginative process as you recreate a familiar place and populate it with vivid, lively images. Learning, memory, and creativity are the same fundamental process directed with a different focus:
The art and science of memory is about developing the capacity to quickly create images that link disparate ideas.
Creativity is the ability to form similar connections between disparate images and to create something new and hurl it into the future so it becomes a poem, or a building, or a dance, or a novel.
Creativity is, in a sense, future memory.
This is what the art of memory was ultimately most useful for. It was not merely a tool for recording but also a tool of invention and composition.
Mind Mapping by Tony Buzan
Sketchnoting with Sylvia Duckworth
Achieve Flow While Sketchnoting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMezmk9wWg0
The Back of the Napkin:
Presenting New Ideas Quickly and Easily
From The Back of the Napkin, by Dan Roam. http://www.danroam.com/tools/