Starting a Visual Logbook

Inspired by a post by Austin Kleon, I have started to keep a visual logbook of the events that take place in my life each day.  Here are some of my first entries:

The graphic recorder visual logbook austin kleon

The graphic recorder visual logbook austin kleon

The graphic recorder visual logbook austin kleon

I am enjoying keeping this logbook for many reasons.  One is that I find my visual vocabulary increasing in a natural way.  With each new experience, I have the opportunity to try sketching something that I have never sketched before, and I feel my skills building every day.

I also like being able to look back and quickly get a feel for how a particular day or week went.  By sketching out the most memorable parts of any given day, it’s easy for me to focus on the uniqueness of each day.

I think it is worth nothing that this type of logbook serves a different purpose than a written journal (which I also keep, but which I write in very infrequently).  Looking back at the visual logbook, I have a good idea of what I did each day and can even remember how I felt  during that day.  Rereading journal entries, on the other hand, gives me a view into my specific thoughts.  I appreciate the unique perspective of each.

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  1. Hey man — saw your post re-tweeted by Austin Kleon. I like the idea of keeping a visual logbook. May have to incorporate it into my daily practice. Look forward to how this evolves. Good luck!

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      Hi Jeff, thanks for stopping by. It’s been a worthwhile experiment so far. Time will tell if there is enough momentum to keep it going every day. Btw, I’m diggin the critters!

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  3. I like this visual log book idea! At the end of each year, I always wonder what I did. This will be a great way to capture it and to practice my visual notes.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Glad you like this idea, Deidree! I think you’re exactly right – it’s a great way to capture what happens in your life, and also a great way to build your sketchnoting skills. I’m actually working on a new blog post for Verbal To Visual to go more in-depth on visual journals…coming soon!

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