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The Art of Visual Notetaking

An Interactive Guide to Visual Communication and Sketchnoting


By Emily Mills


You don’t have to be an artist to take great notes! In my book, you’ll get simple how-to techniques, tips, and tutorials that focus on visual notetaking for business meetings, workshops or conventions, lectures, and sermons. You’ll be sketchnoting in no time!

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“Sketch notes and visual note taking are gaining popularity in education and as an English Language Arts teacher, I have adopted this practice with my students. It really is a fantastic method for students to express their knowledge and to code information and learning to memory. Emily Mills’ book, The Art of Visual Notetaking is an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC resource! It is so informative and practical. It is loaded with examples and practical hands-on tips on how to effectively take notes visually. And there are so many tips on how to make your notes and drawings look better. While I love doodling and drawing pictures, my artistic ability is fairly minimal. This book makes visual note taking possible for anyone.”


English Language Arts teacher

“As a university student, I have to follow a lot of lectures, so I take a lot of notes. I’m always on the lookout for useful tips on note-taking and processing my notes. So when I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out. It’s a very helpful and insightful book. There’s tips about note-taking, but also about listening to speakers in general,  some hand-lettering guidance, and exercises to help you make the best notes. A must-read for students and working people!”


“This book is fantastic! I am always fascinated by the videos and pictures of people taking visual notes as they listen to a lecture. This book breaks down the process for you step by step and highlights all the important factors in creating a visual representation. Emily makes sure to mention all the “basics” that are really the crucial aspects of where to sit, how to listen, how to prioritize and how to plan. If you’re even remotely interested in this area I cannot recommend it enough.”


“I have been following Emily’s career as an illustrator, sketchnoter, and graphic recorder for a few years now and I’ve always been fascinated by her skills, style, positive attitude, and willingness to share what she knows about her chosen profession… and this book is just that: A collection of everything that she knows about visual note taking!”

Michael Clayton

University Professor

“To say that I loved this book would be a complete understatement. I spend what feels like half my working life notetaking for my Deaf students in my role as a Communication Support Worker and creating visuals for my students in my role as tutor of adults with special education needs. This alternative way to record notes using a visual perspective is just perfect for what I do.”