The Sketchnote Workbook featured Sketchnoter: Doug Neill

Today's guest is Doug Neill

Doug's bio on Twitter say:

Exploring the spectrum from verbal to visual.

1. Tell us when you first met Sketchnote/Visual art

I first came across the idea of visual note taking in late 2011 after seeing Sunni Brown's TED Talk. That talk is what really got me going in this field, but the exposure to concept maps while getting my teaching degree was an important precursor. Once the learner and teacher in me saw the benefits of purposeful doodling, I was hooked.

 2. How this impacted on your life/work/thinking?

I feel like I have an entirely new tool that I can break out when the situation calls for it - whether I'm starting to learn something new or working through a problem that I've been struggling with. Getting ideas onto a page in some sort of visual form is the best way that I've found to not only understand those ideas but also to do something with them - to use them to do better work or to live a better life .

3. Sketchnotes: digital or analogical? Why?

I'm a pen and paper guy. That's where it always starts for me. Sometimes I'll then scan and digitize my sketches to edit or share them, but I've got to start with pen and paper - that's what makes my brain the most comfortable and the most open to new connections.

 4. Share a Sketchnote secret tip with us!

You can go far with words and connectors alone. I've found that one of the biggest benefits of sketchnoting is getting away from lined paper and complete sentences. Instead try using a blank page to lay out the ideas in a way that shows their relationships to each other. You can always go back and add sketches later if you like, but don't be afraid to start with a simple concept map.

 5. What future do you foresee for Sketchnote/Visual Arts?

I think that as more and more people discover sketchnoting, its use will continue to expand into new contexts. As people see first-hand the benefits of capturing and sharing ideas in this visual way, it will gain a legitimacy and a status that it might still be lacking in some settings. Before too long the development of visual literacy will take its rightful place alongside the development of verbal literacy.

We thank you Doug for sharing with us.

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