Last weekend, I went to the Media Hack Day organized by WAN-IFRA in preparation for the World Publishing Expo. I didn’t get there until Sunday afternoon, just in time for the final presentations of the projects, which took place at breakneck (or in my case, breakwrist) speed. Each presentation was only allotted 3 minutes, so I could only make very sparse notes on each one. However, after I made a composite image, and added a border of small blue icons I had made in preparation for the event, I was very happy with the result.
While the Mapping the Libyan Media Landscape project was on hold, I was asked to make a map of the flows of smuggled goods between Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, and their neighboring countries, to be published in a print edition of correspondents.org. I started with a series of icons, which I cut out of paper and placed on a large hand-drawn map. It was important to me to achieve a hand-made look, as most of the information was based on hearsay, and I didn’t want it to look too official.
When I discovered the power of visual notetaking, I started doodling at every meeting I attended, slowly refining my style, and building up my icon library.