If there’s one thing I’d like to do more of it’s visual note-taking.
You don’t have to be a good artist to engage in visual note-taking. You just have to be really good at using your imagination to illustrate the most important information. Every bullet point can be substituted with a doodle.
Images pre-interpret thought. Images tell stories, so much so that you don’t even need to read captions. Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr, have taught us to inform others with storytelling images. Images convey everything we want to say.
I remember the days I used to browse Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine just looking at the images. The images drove me to the articles. The headline might as well been missing.
As I get older and digital allows for more customization, I like to move swiftly in and out of images while reading. I just scan the headlines in my RSS feed. I scan all the newspaper articles on my Kindle and just read the articles of interest. But I also follow image-based stories more than ever. Instagram does a great job of storytelling world events through images on its blog. I make sure to turn on expanded view when viewing my RSS creative design feeds.
Taken together, image and text enable readers to dig as deep as they want. But when it comes to summaries, there may be nothing better than just a visual that explains the whole thing. No time lost.