Doodling the afternoon away

I have been a champion on the written word for as long as I can remember. I have even gone as far as tattooing myself with how important it is to me to write with every fiber of you being. Nevertheless the thing I always liked about books when I was a kid were the images that I had in my head. Whenever I read scenes seemed to play out only for me as if it was my own private screening of a movie. Yet today I appreciate words, both written and spoken for their value as an abstract idea.

I’m guessing years of growing up took the fun out of playing with them and making them my own.

The exercise

Using a holistic approach to note taking and information processing I had to transform this…

… into the bastardized doodles or the adult equivalent of not caring about whatever is happening in front of you.

First time

It should be mentioned at this point that I have been the terror of teachers, co workers and many more throughout the years due to my terrible handwriting.

Yet there was something absolutely liberating in forsaking the neatness aspect and just keep going.

And to end up developing your own language to express notions and ideas.

I left out details yet reading, note taking and studying in university, as well as studying discourse analysis, allows you to filter information quickly on the go and to bring out what is the core meaning of what people are saying.

I had a tremendous amount of fun while doing it. The results were satisfying even if I wouldn’t consider the end result acceptable so why stop there…

Second time

I kept the advise on Mike Rohde’s book The Sketchnote Handbook and dedicated special time to do a title. It put me in a particular mindset that allowed me to doodle at an even pace.

I was able to include even more information and continue developing my own language and devices to take notes. And have more fun while doing it.

While I was wary before I started due to a long love story with words and bad experiences with ilegible handwriting I enjoyed the experience. It helped take out the images in my head and forced me to look for alternative visual representations when I couldn’t doodle fast enough. It did remind me of the pleasure you can have with merely drawing as a kid yet it felt like the adult mindset needed to design.

Good points that I learned for the future:

  • Use typography when everything else fails it can carry a lot of meaning and emotion
  • Make words represent their meaning and sometimes use common images or representations whenever you will be designing in the future since much like words everybody gets them.
  • Remember that doodles are only for you.