Hierarchy is a system of organization to help your readers quickly and easily understand the importance of the information.


Visual notes with good hierarchy are easy to read and follow. The information isn’t overwhelming because there is visual balance—a mix of large and small writing. As you begin to take visual notes, I recommend using three writing sizes. These title sizes are used across journalism, programming, and writing fields and may be familiar to you! Overall, make sure your writing is consistent. Too many styles and sizes create chaos and make your notes hard to read—and we don’t want that!

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