Sketchnoting With a Whiteboard

Katie Gauthier

Katie is a social media guru at OptiMA, Inc. We’re a women-owned US-based manufacturer specializing in dry erase products that encourage communication and collaboration. Visit us at

Learn to incorporate sketchnoting in 6 easy steps. This “How-To” article is for teachers, vloggers, visual learners or anyone who is interested in pairing doodles with notes. I am your average “sketchnoter” who has gathered the know-how from the great sketchnoting community and hope to share my ability with inquiring minds.

Why Sketchnoting Is Better

There is hard evidence confirming that doodling can help you pay attention. There are apps designed to help you remember things better by flashing emojis with alarms. For example, a car emoji will pop up when it’s time to leave! The effects of visual learning are tremendous.

Those who sketchnote professionally are called “Visual Facilitators,” “Scribers,” or “Graphic Recorders.” They will typically be contracted out for organizational meetings. Every Graphic Recorder works differently, from the preparation to the medium they work on. You don’t have to become a professional Graphic Recorder to delve into sketchnoting. Some of my favorite professional visual facilitators include Yuri Malishenko, Brandy Agerbeck, Matt OrleyMarcus De Vale and Phil Jinglun Guo.

1. Approach

The misconception about sketchnoting is that you need to be “artistic” to be good at it. This is not true. If you have a basic understanding of shapes and colors, you will be great at this. Sixty-five percent of us are visual learners. But don’t get hung up if you are in the other thirty-five percent. We’ve been drawing since we were Neanderthals. It is in our nature. Kinesthetic learners can still create “artifacts” for beholders to enjoy and learn from.

2. Practice


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When I start a new sketchnoting project, I play around with my markers by drawing shapes with different colors to see how it would look on my lapboard. I’ll try to use at least 3 different colors, but each project always uses a dark marker and a lighter marker. I find this is a great way to make the important things pop!

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3. Define Your Goal

4. Draft Your Project


5. Set Your Bounds

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6. Go For It



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