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.
- Dan Roam: The Back of the Napkin
- Mike Rohde: The Sketchnote Handbook
- Sunni Brown: The Doodle Revolution
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
Scientists: Richard Feynman
Engineer: Alexander Graham Bell
Filmmaker: Christopher Nolan
Filmmaker: Stanley Kubrik
Author: Alfred Wainwright
Renaissance Man: Leonardo DaVinci
Filmmaker: Martin Scorsese
President: Ronald Reagan
President: Dwight. D. Eisenhower
Author: Mark Twain
Author: Henry Miller
Author: Samuel Beckett
*Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From.
Gavin is a founding partner at fassforward consulting group. He blogs about PowerPoint, Presenting, Communication and Message Discipline at makeapowerfulpoint.com. You can follow him on twitter @powerfulpoint.