A specific method for capturing the most relevant content and developing your thinking in relation to prior work by others and what matters most to your work. This writing will naturally reflect the content of the reading, its relationship to ideas and situations you have encountered before, and who you are as a designer and thinker. The objective is to use Writing to make sense of the world and develop your own place in it. This mode of writing is exploratory and developmental.
1. Target Questions (add to each annotation): Based on your inspectional reading and to help you stay on topic, articulate one or more questions that capture the most important insights you hope to take away from this reading. This will be useful in guiding your choices on what to paraphrase and what to ignore.
2. Based on your target questions, adapt chapter or section headings and label each with a topic. 3. Paraphrase/Ignore: identify the most relevant and compelling content, capture it in your own words as
concisely as you can, and ignore the rest. Avoid quoting to stay actively engaged. Use bold to indicate key terms. Add page locations for each point or sentence anticipating your need to cite it later.
4. 4. Question/Connect/Speculate: Actively engaging the text requires you to pose unanswered questions, connect reading content to your own understanding and experience, and speculate on unexplored possibilities within square brackets “[ ]” to distinguish them as your own.