Can’t agree more, Ralph.
Wabi Sabi is part of my sketchnoting technique, it’s not an excuse to make me more indulgent about my imperfections, it’s a statement about my being a human who seek perfection.
Perfection is fragile. Take a perfect circle. When you see a circle you think about a circle. When you what to express a circle you draw a circle. You can’t add or remove anything because if you do, it is no longer a circle. It can’t evolve.
Perfection is static. When we say, “Oh, this is perfect,” we nail it in space and time, but time elapses and space changes. Everything is moving and what is still, steady is lagging behind. For these reasons a Sketchnote has to be imperfect to be good. We want our sketchnote to inspire, instill ideas, and to allow this it needs to give space to those who are consuming it. It needs an unresolved, immaterial part in its physical body. In this way we can evolve; we can take a sketchnote and use it for inspiration and, hopefully, create something new.
Thank you for this post, Ralph.