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About This Course

Because we live in an intensely verbal culture, chances are we’ll be taking some kind of notes at work and at school for the rest of our lives. (Groan.) Many of us try and tackle this note-taking challenge by using a laptop, but studies show that typing notes is less effective than taking notes by hand and MUCH less effective than taking visual notes by hand. And…surprise! Taking notes can actually be enjoyable when you teach yourself how to use simple visual language combined with the written word. Tracking verbal content and weaving in images, color, shapes, typography and tools like word-pictures increases attention and engagement, improves the way you process and integrate information and dramatically increases your level of retention. (Our content recall can be 29% higher when we actively produce visual information.) There’s no need to suffer through note-taking that works against the natural structure of the brain. Learn how to take notes that you can actually use (and appreciate). Artistic talent not required.

What are the requirements?

  • Notepad
  • Pen, pencil or markers (ideally multiple colors)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • A brief history of Visual Note-taking
  • Introduction to the Visual Note-taking basics
  • Best practices on listening for relevant verbal content
  • A solid foundation for ongoing practice

What are the benefits of this course?

  • Higher levels of information comprehension
  • Enhanced confidence in capturing spoken information
  • Increased retention and recall
  • Increased creativity and access to insights


  • Basic Doodle Self Assessment
  • The Visual Alphabet + 12 Devices Cheat Sheet PDF
  • Infodoodle Self Assessment, Part 1
  • Infodoodle Self Assessment, Part 2


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Course Features

  • Lectures 5
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 3 hours 11 minutes
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 568
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • Module 1 - What is Visual Notetaking?

    • Lecture 1.1 Module 1 – What is Visual Notetaking? Locked 41m
  • Module 2 – Basics, Letters and Typography

    • Lecture 2.1 Module 2 – Basics, Letters and Typography Locked 30m
  • Module 3 – Objects, Connectors and People

    • Lecture 3.1 Module 3 – Objects, Connectors and People Locked 1h5m
  • Module 4 – Color and the Art of Listening

    • Lecture 4.1 Module 4 – Color and the Art of Listening Locked 22m
  • Module 5 – Listening Continued and Facing Fears

    • Lecture 5.1 Module 5 – Listening Continued and Facing Fears Locked 33m
Sunni founded and leads SB Ink and is an author, speaker, trainer, coach and expert meeting facilitator. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. Her team has designed and led hundreds of group experiences in diverse industries and environments around the world. She is the best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution and she leads a global campaign advocating for visual, game, design and improvisational thinking and hosts a podcast exploring wisdom for modern life called Sunni and Wise. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views on and her work has been featured in every major U.S. publication including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED, and Entrepreneur, as well as being featured twice on the beloved CBS Sunday Morning.


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    Great Course

    Snappy, funny and hands-on. What a blast! Thanks, Sunni Brown! ????

    This course is necessary for success!

    Awesome course on Visual Notetaking! By implementing these techniques, I can now retain information in meetings.

    Education Activist

    The love is mutual, Sunni. Loved your online training. I review my visual notes all of the time. You are an inspiration to me and I look forward to continuing to learn from you.

    Founder and Coach

    I became interested in visual note taking after seeing Sunni's TED talk. I immediately wanted to explore and found her Visual Note Taking 101 webinar. The five-part series takes you through all you need to know to start drawing and listening in a way that supports this type of note taking. I am not a visual artist and I don't have a drawing background. Sunni's clear, methodical and warm approach helped me build some skills without feeling overwhelmed. And she encourages you to develop your own style all the way through with clever, supportive tips. I predominantly use Visual Note Taking to get my ideas and concepts on paper. I have ADD; I find this method helps me focus, makes a huge difference to my productivity, and supports my communication with my team. Get yourself some paper; find your favourite pen; relax and start learning this awesome skill now.

    User Experience Researcher

    I keep coming back to the VizNotes 101 course, because it’s packed with content and helpful and inspiring tips. I was actually surprised by how much is in both the e-course and The Doodle Revolution book, given that so many offerings like this are thin on material and so general as to be unhelpful when getting down to specifics of a project. So, thanks for pouring so much into it! Kudos!