Visual Note Taking – Friday Sept 2


Visual Note Taking – Friday Sept 2

by Firecat
August 25, 2011

thinking outside the boxSketching in your notes helps retention, opens up new lines of thought, and utilizes both halves of your brain. Kate Hayward will lead a mini-workshop, with free lunch and coworking.

Visual Thinking, Sketchnoting

If you engage in collaborative meetings, brainstorming, or any type of learning – come hear about the Visual Thinking revolution. It’s similar to “mind mapping” – but different, broader, easier in a sense. Artistic ability is NOT required, and nobody need ever see your sketches. Veteran curriculum designer Kate Hayward has designed a full workshop that she SHARES to further the movement. In this 90-minute preview, we’ll:

  • Learn how visual notetaking or Sketchnoting stimulates cross-hemispheric brain activity
  • Increase our retention and understanding of the notes we take
  • See examples of Sketchnoting used to facilitate group decision making and brainstorming.
  • Practice skills that make rapid capture of ideas easier with simple icons and pictures.
  • Cover a few drawing/sketching shortcuts.
  • Get over some of your fear that you aren’t an artist.

Kate's full Visual Thinking course map

This approach has been popularized by several authors lately, including Sunni Brown (VizThink) and Dan Roam (Back of the Napkin series). It’s also known as Gamestorming. Here’s a video featuring another book, one of Kate’s favorite sources of inspiration on the subject. And Kate’s blog contains some sample drawing tips and exercises.

Light lunch will be provided. Feel free to bring your own lunch, though.


Friday, September 2, 2011
Coworking (open house) 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Lunch discussion Noon – 1:30 pm


Firecat Studio 918 Nolan #104, San Antonio, TX 78202

You’re welcome to come get some work done anytime between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, just like working from a coffee shop but with cooler people and free coffee. Yes, you are welcome to invite others, but there’s limited space, so make sure your friends register!

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October – Come to TEDxSanAntonio!

Firecat CEO Susan Price will be traveling on First Friday in October, but catch up with her and the other Firecats at TEDxSanAntonio event on Saturday, October 15. An amazing day of short, inspiring talks by innovative, creative thinkers, the TEDx program shines a spotlight on the best of San Antonio, our issues, and our growth as a great place to live and work. You have to apply and be approved for a ticket – just like the “big” events that cost thousands of dollars. Firecat Studio is an official sponsor of TEDxSanAntonio and we LOVE TED and the local TEDx program.

Coworking in November – Creativity

On Friday, November 4, Beverly Ingle will present a mini-workshop on Creative Thinking. Save the date!

As always, please feel free to suggest upcoming brown bag topics. Thanks!

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