Visual Note-Taking

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Graphic recording is large scale visual note-taking to capture information and discussions during meetings and events with words and images. Graphic recording uses active listening and synthesizing content to create an illustrative record.  Graphic recording is a knowledge management tool to capture content so that it can live on and be used for future experiences and the benefit of others. 

A graphic recorder will...

  • Quicken decision-making time 

  • Increase participant knowledge retention

  • Bring the meeting to life in a visually innovative way 

  • Engage multiple adult learning styles 

  • Capture key points and content for archival purposes and quick report summaries

  • Offer participants a high-level artifact of the conversation

  • Create continuity when used over multiple gatherings 

  • Help close an experience with a visually reflective group activity 

  • Help you see and link ideas from across several hours or days


Not all graphic recorders draw on walls. Some use their iPad! Having a digital scribe at your in person or online meeting is like having a whiteboard animation video drawn live during the experience. 

A digital scribe will...

  • Enable higher visibility of the recording, especially with a room of more than 100 people 

  • Engage online audiences effectively through dynamic rather than static imagery


For events where a speaker needs to have the full spotlight, we recommend that the visual note-taker operate behind the scenes to create the visual notes either digitally or in a notebook and send them out post-event. This is a great option for groups who would like visual summaries of an experience. Revisions to the notes are not included in price quotes. 


Knowledge walls bring participants into the experience. They are asynchronous, meaning that they can happen at any time during an event, not just when someone is speaking. For example, let's say you'd like to ask participants a question or collect stories around a specific topic. We put up a separate sheet of paper and invite participants to add their ideas either using markers or post-its. A knowledge wall can be created solely by participants, or a graphic recorder can transcribe the post-its and use visuals to create a visually pleasing final product.

Resources for Visual Note-takers

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Doodle Day Camp: Graphic Recording Intro

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Don't just take notes, visualize them. Join us for this four day doodle day camp, an introductory graphic recording and sketch-noting experience for adults and teens. Visual notes help us capture and remember key points in a visually pleasing way. It's tons of fun and a wonderful life skill.

The Art of Visual

by Emily Mills

In The Art of Visual Notetaking, aspiring sketchnoters and journalers will find helpful "Getting Started" pages of icons and badges for common note-taking purposes, with tips and encouragement for creating you own unique icons. 

Digital Graphic Recording Quick Start

by illumistories, Malgosia Kosteka

Your one-stop-shop for getting started as a digital graphic recorder!

This is a guide for visual practitioners looking to shift their practice from analog to digital.

The Doodle Revolution

by Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown's mission is to bring the power of the Doodle to the rest of us. She leads the Revolution defying all those parents, teachers, and bosses who say Stop doodling! Get serious! Grow up! 

NOVA Scribes
Meet-up Group

NOVA Scribes is a free and open forum for visual practitioners to share their knowledge. We are anyone who uses visuals to move others.


We have organized classes, graphic jams, and open space to share skills and learn from each other.

The Grove's Graphic Recording Intensive

San Francisco, CA

This workshop will increase your confidence as a visual practitioner, whether it has been a while since you have been in front of the room with a marker or you are already working visually and can benefit from focused practice time and support to grow your skills. 

More Resources...

Lauren's Origin Story

Lauren is grateful for the knowledge that each of her mentors continues to share and the partners she now has. 

The goal of this video is to help others find their path to visual note-taking. If you're watching this, please take a moment to share this with someone who may be looking for support.

Produced by Caitlin Murray


Dancing with Markers® offers visual facilitation, visual-note-taking, coaching, workshops and training, and consulting services, both in person and through virtual sessions. 


Meet us in an upcoming Friday Coffee Chat, an opportunity to grow confidence in the virtual environment, connect with other facilitators, and learn about our offerings and events. 


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