Sunday, April 17, 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey, visual note taking

I have read a lot lately about how the internet is rewiring our brains. There is fear or delight that we now consume information like butterflies: flitting from one nugget of info to the next without really going deeply into anything. The ones who are fearful lament how few take the time to journey through an entire book anymore.

While it does get harder with the demands of being a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling, I do still enjoy the journey through a whole book. (but I like being an information butterfly too.)

I've also been introduced to the concept of visual note taking, and thought I would give it a go for my notes on my most recent read In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik.

So here is my first attempt at visual notes, and I've learned a few things. Like there is a skill to visual outlining that I don't have yet. The elements of composition such as size and contrast apply sort of like the Roman numerals and alphabet of written outlines. I made some of my images too big in comparison to the importance in the text. It is a very different form of illustration.


W-OZ said...

As a multigenrist, I love your visual notetaking. I am often dismayed when taking notes is reduced to structures that only make sense to those for whom they make sense. There are many ways to approach things, and I really enjoyed seeing yours.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I really like this so much. I need to do something like that! I am moving so I don't have time right now, but hopefully when things slow down I will.
Hope that all is well with you and yours.
Take care