The Miseducation of the Doodle

by Sunni Brown

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  1. Good articles, but why “basix” instead of “basics”? I irked me the whole time and it made it hard for me to concentrate on the content of the otherwise good post.
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  2. Anyone else rankled by the copyright notices on the doodles? Do we owe the author royalties if we use her symbology in our doodling?
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  3. Creating and using new ways for increasing group-creativity and problem solving is part of what keeps a committee, library, or other organization moving and growing. As we try them, let us not leave anyone behind. If a quadriplegic like Stephen Hawking can has the genius to revolutionize the structures of both the universe and the atom, what hidden gifts are waiting to be discovered in our neighbors, coworkers and colleagues who also happen to struggle with impairments of one kind or another? So, how do we include everyone in this inherently visual process?
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  4. I’ve been a life-long doodler. I gave it up for a bit in grad school to appear like I was paying attention more, but quickly found out that I desperately needed to doodle in order to actually pay closer attention. It’s probably the only thing the got me through Lit Theory!
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  5. interestly,  i was not searching about that before.  thanks a lot…
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  6. The point about “enhance access to the creative, problem-solving, and subconscious parts of the brain” is just so true. I tend to doodle cars for some reason (there’s probably some deep psycho flaw indicated by that) and abstracts and always have. The doodle outcome is not the point, the point is that enhanced access and i know it works from some of the ideas that have arisen from it. Visual process is very powerful
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  7. At our company, Prolifiq Software, we’ve taken the idea of strategic doodling to a whole new level. Our conference room walls are actually floor-to-ceiling dry erase boards. With these tools, doodling has become a huge part of our innovation process. In fact, I dedicated a blog post to the importance of imaginative expression in our office culture. To read more, visit:
    http://www.prolifiq.net/corp/Home/Blog/TheMindofJeffGaus/tabid/183/PostID/51/Harold-and-the-purple-crayon.aspx
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  8. I have been a closet doodler for as long as I care to remember - without any conscious reason, I am at my most creative when words become pictures and that normally reverts back to words. And I’ve always done that behind the closet door - petrified by the concept that doodling meant I wasn’t taking it seriously, procrastinating or just out and out skiving! Thanks for the science behind the art.  I will now stand up and brag proudly about my doodling prowess!!
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  9. Doodling is definitely under-rated, though I think plenty of people do it. I found myself most prone to doodling at work when I was bored, but since I was at a computer and REALLY bored, the doodles evolved into something a little more complicated. I called them “Dordles.” Here are a bunch that I made in secret to prevent my creative mind from going to waste: http://www.nikdaum.com/dordles
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  10. This was interesting reading on an old idea and one of the great proponents of these ideas is Tony Buzan and his book The Mindmap book which extends the ideas to training and children.It also shows why the idea of doodling and his mindmaps work so well.
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  11. My Directed Study advisor for my MFA Thesis project just emailed me the link to this article saying my project was already online (fortunately mine uses video, animation, etc.). Funny that when I first made the proposal about my project about a year ago, this wasn’t talked about quite as much as it is now (mostly by “Dave Gray”:http://www.davegrayinfo.com/ )—a huge influence for me. Mind if I use this article as a reference in my project?
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  12. It’s “BaSIX,” Dominik, because there are SIX fundamentals. Just a play on words.
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  13. ThomasM, you are welcome to use this article for your thesis. FYI, Dave Gray is my co-author in the book Gamestorming. You might enjoy it.
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  14. I’ve always found doodling massive helpful, especially during brainstorming. Nice article, gives us all a ready-made comeback to folks who don’t appreciate the Power of the Doodle: ‘Are you paying attention?’ ‘Actually yes, and I’m unifying three major learning modalities.’ :D
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  15. Great article! And now I don’t have to feel guilty about doodling in meetings any longer :-). I can only assume comments #1 and #2 come from the kind of people who hate it when other people doodle while they’re making presentations (etc).
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  16. Here’s a really great use of doodles:
    <a href=“http://www.storyofstuff.org/”>
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  17. Great post. I love to doodle before every project, and I love reading articles from people who love the same. I’d love to read more like this.
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  18. Thanks for the great content! I found two people with hidden talents (illustration) after looking at their doodles. This certainly should be encouraged at every level.
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  19. Ah, the power of the doodle. This is something our designers (Print and Web) do frequently, and since design is supposed to be a creative process, it makes sense to work out ideas by doodling. Group doodling as part of meetings is an interesting possibility, maybe even a great way to reduce stress and draw out complaints and frustrations. It could be doodle therapy!
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  20. As always, I appreciate your ability to explain the benefits of doodling.  I have never been a doodled, as I was always more comfortable with text.  But now, at age 52, I am giving myself permission to learn to doodle and use more visual thinking strategies in my teaching.  Thanks for continuing to inspire me to think differently and explore new avenues for creative expression.  Keep up the great work!
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  21. Ah yes many a teacher would reprimand me for my doodling :D
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  22. I love to doodle! For the longest time at work I had a poster at my desk that said “dare to doodle” I was really excited when our creative team all doodled at work last month - http://www.back40design.com/news/m.blog/22/graphic-web-designers-creative-super-heros
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  23. Check out this neurofeedback system that improves brain function by having a person paint or doodle with their brain.  It improves brain function by improving states of focus, feelings and thoughts.  For example, the less chatter or obsessive are your thoughts the more mind space you have to create. By the way, I agree with the last post; I read Tony Buzan’s book years ago and have been creating Mindmaps ever since with the software package Mindmanager.
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  24. I doodle a lot. Sometimes when I’m trying to visualize something, I tend to doodle. I have a notepad on my desk that is full of only doodles.
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