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Take note, being sketchy draws attention

Everyone has doodled. Thinking in pictures is a way of helping focus and concentration for some. Mixing drawing with note taking can connect the conscious and unconscious mind to make sense of the muddle that sometime leads to “serendipitous collisions of creative insight.”*

Despite, and perhaps because of our adoption of digital tools, there’s a resurgance in doodling in its many forms — graphic recording (rich pictures created in large groups by a scribe), white-boarding (free-form collaboration around a shared pictures, diagrams and notes), mind-mapping (diagrams used to visually outline information) and sketch-noting (personal notes that mix pictures diagrams and letter forms).

If you haven’t done this since you were in kindergarten, there are some great sources to learn from.

If you think that perhaps it’s a little beneath you, feast your eyes on some of the doodles, sketchnotes and drawings of Queens, Presidents, Authors, Artists, Scientists and Scholars.

Scientists: Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan ‘sketchnote’

Scientists: Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman ‘sketchnote’

Marc Benioff’s diagram of how Burberry could become a “social enterprise”

Engineer: Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell doodle

Filmmaker: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan flowchart for the movie inception

Filmmaker: Stanley Kubrik

Stanley Kubrick notes for the movie Dr. Strangelove

Author: Alfred Wainwright

Alfred Wainwright ‘sketchnote’

Renaissance Man: Leonardo DaVinci

Leonardo DaVinci ‘sketchnote’

Filmmaker: Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese storyboard for Taxi Driver

President: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan Doodle

Ronald Reagan Doodle

President: Dwight. D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower Doodle

Author: Mark Twain

Mark Twain ‘sketchnote’

 Author: Henry Miller

Henry Miller ‘Sketchnote’

Author: Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett Doodle

*Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From.

Gavin_Animated-GifGavin is a founding partner at fassforward consulting group. He blogs about PowerPoint, Presenting, Communication and Message Discipline at You can follow him on twitter @powerfulpoint.

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