As you take visual notes, you need to include elements that help with the way your notes are read—in other words, the visual direction. You don’t want the notes to look overwhelming, and these tools help create balance by distinguishing the path of content and signaling to the reader where to look next.


Picture this: You’re taking visual notes during a lecture. The presenter gave a recommendation, said something profound, shared a quote, or made a related side-comment. You want to capture it in a special way, but what to do? Use a container!

Containers help separate content in your visual notes. They can draw attention to big ideas, or they can separate the lesser points from the larger flow of information. Containers ...

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