I stumbled into the world of visual notetaking quite by accident.

It all began with whiteboards. I drew cartoons on my mom’s office whiteboard, and the teachers and staff at the school loved coming by to see my comics. I continued that tradition throughout college and even after I joined the workforce and had an office of my own.

One day a former coworker emailed me out of the blue. He worked at a film studio that had agreed to create a voiceover whiteboard video for a client—only they didn’t have anyone on staff who could draw. He remembered those whiteboard drawings in my office and asked me to come in and help. The whiteboard video project was one of the most fun projects I had ever worked on, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities ...

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