Visual Note Taking

May 10 / Kelly-Ann Denton
It’s no coincidence that we use the phrase “mind’s-eye” when we visualise and imagine – our brains are masters at remembering pictures.

Without reviewing information, we don’t absorb it and as much as 80% gets lost. That is super unproductive. The best way to review and retain information is to synthesise it into an image – to see the big picture. 

You may provide vital information in a presentation or document, but much of that effort is wasted if the recipient can’t retain most of what you say 20 minutes later. This inefficient transfer of information is a frustrating reality in professional development and a handicap for those not skilled in visual thinking and visual communication. 

Visual note-taking is the most efficient way to encode information for later recall. Thinking in pictures and drawing relationships fuses knowledge and understanding and lays down a richly integrated memory.

When thoughts are connected they are better retained in memory and can be more easily recalled as a whole. 

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Critical and creative thinkers must be able to make easy connections between diverse ideas and stored knowledge. 

Fortunately, visual note-taking is easy to teach. It’s fun and creative, and encourages us to let go of tiny details that can clutter our minds in favour of integrating new information with prior knowledge to create the big picture. 

This is absolutely necessary if we are to process large amounts of complex data and use it productively. 

Everyone can be a visual thinker. Vision is our dominant sense and we constantly create visual images in the brain. By employing visual note-taking skills in the workplace you will encourage a more productive culture and strengthen the imagination skills of your people. 

That leads to innovation.Critical and creative thinkers must be able to make easy connections between diverse ideas and stored knowledge. 
Fortunately, visual note-taking is easy to teach. It’s fun and creative, and encourages us to let go of tiny details that can clutter our minds in favour of integrating new information with prior knowledge to create the big picture. 
This is absolutely necessary is we are to process large amounts of complex data and use it productively. 
Everyone can be a visual thinker. Vision is our dominant sense and we constantly create visual images in the brain. By employing visual note-taking skills in the workplace you will encourage a more productive culture and strengthen the imagination skills of your people.

That leads to innovation. It’s a no brainer, and its fun.  

Learn more about our methods below

The Visual School

The V Series equips teachers and imagination seekers with the knowledge and skills to inspire students and explore their own imagination. Visual skills help us to see more possibilities.

Steiner School

The S Series are Steiner programs that support teachers to grow their own and their students’ imaginations and skills that facilitate the development of ethical & sustainable living environments.

National Art School

The Visual Mind and The Imagination is a 6 week program run via Zoom at the National Art School.  Alumni can continue to develop their concepts and creations via this portal after graduating from NAS.

Guest Speaking

imagineer.me conducts 90min Blasts that provide schools, universities and workplaces broad knowledge on the development of critical and creative thinking skills. We can also be booked to your brief.