The Art of Taking Notes

PBI caught up with Jupiter artist Sarah Page about the new wave in notetaking: graphic recording

Sarah Page

Doodling in class is now allowed—if you call it graphic recording. PBI caught up with Jupiter artist Sarah Page on the live notetaking service she offers to corporate clients through the consultancy firm RIDG.

PBI: What’s graphic recording?

Page: Graphic recording is visual notetaking. Instead of words and bullet points, we use pictures, symbols, and words to visually communicate the overall message.

How does it help the brain?

We process visual information 60,000 times faster than written information, and while we remember 40 percent of what we see and hear, we remember up to 80 percent of what we interact or engage with. As an individual practice, it helps us understand complex information spatially, and drawing helps with retention.

Any tips for beginners?

In grade-school reading, we’re taught to identify the main idea of a paragraph and supporting details. Graphic recording uses the exact same principles when listening to a speaker. You’re trying to capture the essence of a talk. Anyone can do graphic recording. It does not require da Vinci–level artistry; stick figures are strongly encouraged!

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