Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness | Sketchnoting: A Visual Literacy Methodology
Following on the last month’s talk by Bryan and Jan titled Visual Literacy and Design Sketching Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness will discuss her work how she fosters development of the Visual Literacy skills through Sketchnoting. Her talk is based on a book chapter titled Sketchnoting: A Visual Literacy Methodology which was part of the book titled Crossing boundaries and disciplines: The book of selected readings 2019 published by the International Visual Literacy Association .
Verna and her co-author, Teddy Lu, tried to address these three research questions:
1. How might sketchnoting foster varying components of visual literacy?
2. How can we teach sketchnoting as a visual framework to empower students?
3. What are additional opportunities for sketchnoting beyond a visual note-taking tool?
They used Avgerinou’s and Pettersson’s Visual Literacy definition to explore potential benefits of Sketchnoting technique with their industrial design studnets. The five pillars of Visual Literacy Theory which they used consists of these key points:
- visual language
- visual thinking
- visual learning
- visual communication
- visual perception
Based on the collected data, Verna and Teddy, concluded that sketchnoting, as a methodology, could support building Visual Literacy competency by increasing students’ observation, listening, and visualization skills, aiming at fostering a sense of general empowerment. They argue that visual maps are at the core of sketchnoting as “building these maps requires visual thinking on paper, allowing the mind to see the page as an open canvas, building on what was heard, or seen and making visual sense out of it” (p. 76) The results suggest use of sketchnoting was beneficial as it enabled the design studnets to structure and generate creative solutions as part of their design process. Thus they have proposed that sketchnoting technique should be considered to be used to develop Visual Literacy skills.
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Verena is the Assistant Professor of Industrial Design and Education Director at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), her research focuses on the diffusion of design thinking and doing practices in design and non-design-oriented disciplines, with an emphasis on exploring visualization as a gateway to learning, comprehension and creative confidence. She plans and facilitates workshops on sketchnoting, design thinking and strategic planning in both academia and industry.
The talk is part of the Engage with Ideas monthly series, which explore the relationship between design, education, and society. Recordings from the past Engage with Ideas sessions are available here.
Paepcke-Hjeltness, V., & Lu, T. (2020). Sketchnoting: A Visual Literacy Methodology. In D. M. Baylen (Ed.), Crossing boundaries and disciplines: The book of selected readings 2019 (pp. 61–80). International Visual Literacy Association. https://ivla.org/welcome-to-the-book-of-selected-readings-2019-2020-ed-danilo-m-baylen/
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