An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking

Tap into the power of your visual brain.

Reconnect to making marks by hand as you learn to use text, layout, imagery, and color within your notes to engage your visual brain and reach your full creative and professional potential.

$49 - Purchase

Illustrated Instructional Videos

With each video lesson you'll not only learn about visual note-taking, you'll get to see it in action:

Module 1:

An overview of the course and the philosophy that guides it.

1.1 Course Overview
1.2 A Goal-Oriented Learning Framework
1.3 The Verbal to Visual Mindset
1.4 Materials: Getting Started

Module 2:

Techniques for writing text in a visual way.

2.1 Text Turned Visual
2.2 Developing Custom Fonts
2.3 An Introduction To Handlettering

Module 3:

How to tap into your built-in spatial reasoning skills.

3.1 Layout Overview
3.2 How To Separate & Connect Ideas
3.3 A Structured Approach To Layout
3.4 An Organic Approach To Layout
3.5 Layout & The Verbal To Visual Mindset

Module 4:

Develop basic drawing skills to access your visual brain.

4.1 The Power Of Imagery
4.2 How To Build Your Visual Vocabulary
4.3 How To Draw People & Faces
4.4 Build A Scene, Make A World
4.5 Imagery & The Verbal To Visual Mindset

Module 5:

Add more visual engagement and meaning to your notes.

5.1 Why Add Color To Your Notes?
5.2 How To Add Color To Your Notes
5.3 Colorful Examples
5.4 Mapping Materials To Process

Module 6:

How to use visual note-taking as a learning tool.

6.1 Learn With Visual Notes
6.2 Learning Environments & Processes
6.3 The One-Page Process Summary For Learning

Module 7:
Solve Problems

Use visual notes to tackle the challenges you face in your professional and personal life.

7.1 Solve Problems With Visual Notes
7.2 Problem-Solving Example: Habit Change
7.3 The One-Page Process Summary For Problem Solving

Module 8:
Share Ideas

Merge the verbal with the visual to become a better sharer of ideas.

8.1 Idea-Sharing Principles
8.2 Sharing Ideas Visually
8.3 Example + Deconstruct: A High School Chat
8.4 The One-Page Process Summary For Ideas Sharing

Module 9:

A look back for perspective and a look forward to keep building.

9.1 Where We've Been
9.2 How To Continue Building
9.3 Where We're Going

Additional Resources

Following each video lesson you'll get the opportunity to put into practice what you just learned with these digital downloads:

A 100%-sketched set of 128 skill-building activities, all of which are designed to help you develop the skills you need to become a proficient visual note-taker.

A set of ready-to-use hand-sketched icons (in PNG and SVG format) plus an actionable guide that will walk you through the steps of building you own personalized visual vocabulary.

Monthly Q & A with Doug

Bring questions related to the course you're working through or share your latest sketchnoting project for feedback. Open to all members of Verbal to Visual, no matter your experience level. Join us for some rich discussions about the world of visual thinking!

Upcoming Q & A:

July 17th at 9:00am Pacific Time

Learn from Anywhere

An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking. Laptop, desktop, tablet, and smartphones screens showing the online learning environment.

Built on top of the Mighty Networks platform, you'll be able to access all of our resources from any browser or by using the native iOS or Android app.

What Students are Saying

Doug Neill is an excellent sketchnoter and educator. I really enjoyed his course and the methodology he uses. He has a lot of material and of very good quality for anyone who wants to deepen the art of making sketchnotes. I am currently doing sketchnotes for my corporate strategy consulting website.

Carlos A Salgado Diez

This is a wonderful introduction to making your doodles meaningful. A great resource for anyone wanting to learn the nuts and bolts of visual note-taking. I have been able to implement so much of my learning in day-to-day activities at home and work.

Melaine D’Cruze

I improved my visual language and my white-boarding skills thanks to this course, even after 30 years as a presenter and facilitator, and use my much-improved skills for both professional and personal endeavors.

Naoise Gaffney

With Doug’s course, you have a step-by-step process that teaches you all that you’ll need to know for visual note-taking. When I started, I didn’t know how to draw, but that was not a problem. This course taught me everything that was important. I could do it and have results I was happy with. This has all you need to know, without any blah blah blah, and very good questions that you and only you can answer and will guide you with your learning.

Christine Koehler

Awesome!!! Sketchnoting has helped me to understand complex legal issues by breaking the issue into simple, easy to understand images. More importantly, sketchnoting is helping me visually communicate those issues (and my solutions) in a compelling way.

Gavin Flynn

Bonus Workshops

In addition to all of the course materials described above, you'll also get access to the replays of these workshops:

Your Next 20 Icons

An opportunity to build your visual vocabulary in alignment with the topics you most frequently sketchnote.

Sketchnoting Layout: Find the Right Fit

In this workshop we explore different ways of organizing your visual notes on the page so that you can find an approach that works well for you.

Sketchnoting During One-on-One Meetings

In this workshop we explore how you can take helpful visual notes during a one-on-one meeting without losing the sense of connection.

Hierarchy with Handwriting

Learn how to develop and use a few different handwritten fonts within your sketchnotes to help the big ideas stand out while keeping the details clear.

Shading Your Sketchnotes

In this workshop you'll learn how to add shading to your sketchnotes to help your images pop off the page.

Creating a Storage System for Your Sketchnotes

Once sketchnoting becomes a regular activity, how do you organize and store all of your notes in a way that's useful over time? That's the question we answer in this workshop.

Get this Course

Are you ready to start building your sketchnoting skills?

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One-Time Fee For Lifetime Access

Once you pick up this course you’ll have lifetime access to all current and future resources contained within it.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

I want you to be able to experience this course from the inside to see whether or not it’s a good fit for you. With that in mind, if you’re not satisfied with what you see after your first 30 days, I’d be happy to return your money.

Course Bundles

An Introduction to Visual Note-Taking is included in the following course bundles: