I'm an illustrator and I get really jazzed about illustration in its various forms. At least in all the forms I've run into so far. Years and years ago, there was a technique called a "chalk talk" used in meetings- a big pad of paper replaced Powerpoint. The term "chalk-talk" derived from an early 20th Century vaudeville act but I don't go back quite that far… The idea, though, is very similar to visual note taking that I've been seeing in videos lately. It fascinates me as a dynamic form of illustration; though I'm not interested at all in the "performance" aspects.
Cole posted about similar visuals being created during Berkman Center sessions, and over the past year, RSAnimate videos have brought similar concepts to a very wide audience. At first I thought the work benefited from long preparation and early access to the script, but then I discovered that in many cases it happens spontaneously—live—actually being used to record meetings visually and enhance group involvement, collaboration and understanding. I shared my first attempts at visual note taking. Didn't take me long to see that I sucked, and there was a lot of practice enhanceable skill needed for this.
I'm checking resources. cognitiveMedia offers a yearly internship in London, Sunni Brown is working up a course on Visual Notetaking. The Grove has videos to view and resources to purchase. I have their catalog and if I ever get to the Bay area, I'll consider a workshop. I'll continue to look for info, and continue to try what I can. At our last staff meeting I gave visual note taking a shot- learned a lot in the process and would share the results here, with some analysis, if we had a scanner.
I've placed some links here, in case anybody is interested in looking into some of this. Mostly, though, it's an aggregation of information for me…
• The Joy of Sketch: explorations in hand crafted visuals is an article by Kate Rutter at Adaptive Path.