Stop Taking Notes — Visualize With Nodes

A system that helped me get A’s on my exams when I was lagging behind

Martin Andersson Aaberge
Jan 6 · 7 min read
photo of a spider web with droplets looking like a node tree
photo of a spider web with droplets looking like a node tree
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

Writing text might not be the answer to note-taking at all — Nodes are

Visual representation over the wall of text

Connecting the dots — Literally

screenshot of notes with bullet lists.
screenshot of notes with bullet lists.
Regular notes, screenshot by author

The superpowers of nodes

screenshot of design principles in node representation
screenshot of design principles in node representation
nodes representing the same bullet list as above, graphics by author
screenshot of how the principles relate to error messages, represented by nodes
screenshot of how the principles relate to error messages, represented by nodes
The connection between errors and the design principles, screenshot by author
screenshot of how the principles relate to menus, represented by nodes
screenshot of how the principles relate to menus, represented by nodes
The same representation, but now with menus, graphics by author
a screenshot of a full breakdown of a chapter represented by nodes
a screenshot of a full breakdown of a chapter represented by nodes
A full breakdown of a chapter in a book about case studies, graphics by author

The timeline for conducting a case study

graphics showing the flow of conducting a case study
graphics showing the flow of conducting a case study
zoomed in on the flowchart representing a case study, graphics by author

The relationship between Case Studies, Experiments, and Ethnography

node trees showing us the differences and similarities between the different methodologies
node trees showing us the differences and similarities between the different methodologies
The similarities and differences between the methodologies, graphics by author

Types of Case Studies

nodes showing the different types we can choose from.
nodes showing the different types we can choose from.
overview of the different types of studies, graphics by author
zoomed in view of the flow chart to look at what goes where
zoomed in view of the flow chart to look at what goes where
close-up of the flow chart showing how it works, graphics by author

Final Thoughts

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Martin Andersson Aaberge

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CG supervisor with 17 years of experience in the Animation- and VFX industry. Studying Design, Use and Interaction (UX) at the University of Oslo

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Martin Andersson Aaberge

Written by

CG supervisor with 17 years of experience in the Animation- and VFX industry. Studying Design, Use and Interaction (UX) at the University of Oslo

Curious

Curious

A community of people who are curious to find out what others have already figured out // Curious is a new personal growth publication by The Startup (https://medium.com/swlh).

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