Back in January, I attended a lecture at Utah Valley University where Jack Hadley spoke. Jack founded My Social Practice, a firm that assists individuals and businesses in using social media to effectively promote their products. He gave some great advice on how artists can use social media to promote their work. As I sat there taking notes, I thought, why do I take notes in such a linear fashion? I decided to layout or try to design my notes on the fly. I’d love to rework this, but I think that if I just keep taking notes in this manner, I will improve. My second try is below, from a wonderful lecture by Catherine Downing. She had some great insights about following your intuition as you create art. My third try is at the bottom. I attended a presentation by Louie Gong, whose artwork is amazing and who has some great thoughts about how we can build bridges to overcome differences in race. Hopefully after a few months/years the notes will look good enough to match the quality of the content.
Just a few days ago, I opened the new type annual from Communication Arts. I found someone else that is already a master at taking cool notes: Carolyn Sewell. I’ve got a long way to go. And I’ve got to start using a Sharpie.