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Our first talk of 2021 is Jordan Moore, co-founder of Dawson Andrews. At Dawson-Andrews, Moore has worked with world-class companies including: Toys’R’Us, Danske Bank and Lagom.

Jordan Moore’s personal site is a refreshing take on the horizontal scrolling paradigm. Heavily content- and ideas-focused, it’s home to a wealth of thought-provoking material.
Jordan Moore’s personal site is a refreshing take on the horizontal scrolling paradigm. Heavily content- and ideas-focused, it’s home to a wealth of thought-provoking material.

He’ll be joining us, however, to talk about his work exploring the rapidly emerging ‘networked notes’ movement (also referred to as the ‘second brain’ movement), powered by tools like Roam Research, Obsidian and TiddlyWiki.

Think about how your brain works: it’s tangential, not hierarchical. Ideas bounce around your brain and, occasionally, collide to reveal new and unexpected ideas (that’s innovation at work).

Roam, and other tools like it, remove the friction that traditional note-taking tools add when creating the connections between thoughts. In 2017, Roam was a prototype with one user. In 2021, it's popularity has exploded and it now boasts a cult-like following.

Moore has been tracking the development of his tool for multi-dimensional notes in
Moore has been tracking the development of his tool for multi-dimensional notes in a detailed Twitter thread. The screencast, included in the first tweet, above, has been viewed 7,800+ times.

At the edges of this movement, designers like Moore and Andy Matuschak (Apple, Khan Academy…) are building their own tools to capture networked notes.

This screencast, showing Moore's tool in action, echoes the paper-based, index cards methodology that underpins Zettelkasten (German for 'card index').

Moore will share his ideas on: the Zettelkasten method; Roam vs. Everything; and why networked notes has caught the consciousness of everyone, and what 2021 holds for this movement.

Why attend this talk?

  • If you’re a strategist, a designer or a researcher, this talk will introduce you to the rapidly emerging world of networked notes, enabling you to adopt more efficient note-capturing processes for your design research.
  • As I noted above, the collision of ideas is where innovation happens. If your work involves idea generation, this talk will be invaluable.
  • If you’re a writer, this talk will help you develop new workflows to capture your thought processes, turning ideas into outcomes.

Register

If you’re a member of The School of Design, please register so I have an idea of numbers attending. Thank you.

If you’re not a member, you are welcome to join us. Your first talk is free. Membership includes: access to our Slack community; two seasons of Designer Talks (think of this as access to a year-round conference); and a private library with my books included.

Questions?

Jordan and I are keen to gather questions from attendees. For many, networked notes will be new, so please feel free to ask us anything. There are no stupid questions and if you’d like me to I’ll ask your question anonymously.

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