Visual Notetaking 101

  • RogueMark Studios 2101 Ashby Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94705 United States

About This Class

Were you ever taught how to take notes? Even if you were, do you take notes effectively? Or are you like most others, who look back at their notes five minutes after they've written them down and have no recollection of what they say? The practice of conventional note-taking has taught us how to be excellent transcribers, but for most of us, this is not an effective way to sit in a class or meeting and actively engage with, process and retain information. 

Visual Note-taking is a skill designed to help you spatialize and visualize information as you hear it. This skill helps with information retention, improves your brains ability to engage during the note-taking process, and it's fun! Visual Note-taking 101 is a gentle introduction to the world of visual communication for students, professionals and thinkers of all backgrounds and comfort levels.

DISCLAIMER: You do not need to know how to draw to find this class helpful! If you can draw a square... even a really bad square... you’re more than qualified.



  • Gain a basic understanding of the difference between conventional notetaking and visual notetaking
  • Better understand your unique thought processes and notetaking needs
  • Practice basic drawing exercises and improve your visual vocabulary
  • Learn valuable tools to practice and improve your visual notetaking 
  • Learn how visual notetaking can help you tell better stories and more clearly communicate your ideas


Prereqs & Preparation

  • Register beforehand below 
  • Please bring something to write with and something to write on.
  • Class starts on Berkeley time-- 6:40 sharp. Please be here on time.





Abby VanMuijen
Lecturer, UC Berkeley

Abby VanMuijen is a graphic recorder, illustrated video producer and instructor of Visual Note-taking in the Bay Area. She has taught classes on Visual Note-taking, Communication and Design at UC Berkeley and IDEO, Chicago. She is the illustrator for the #GlobalPOV Project with Professor Ananya Roy and has since produced illustrated videos and graphic recordings for UC Berkeley, MIT, Google, USAID, the Wal-Mart Foundation and a number of documentary films.

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