Doodling and scribbling

In recent years, mental maps and other heuristic diagrams have been given a seat at the table in meeting rooms and at brainstorming sessions. But we still aren't paying enough attention to their distant, country cousin: doodling.

Few human beings think in a linear and sequential way, and yet this is exactly how information is almost always presented to us, forcing us to communicate in a way that restricts our thinking ability. Why don’t we give free rein to our other thinking systems, whether visual or gestural? Now that’s something that would doubtless increase our creativity and our ability to solve complex problems!  With this in mind, many observers have begun pleading the case for doodling. Often thought to be a sign of boredom or distraction, it transpires that doodling may actually provide excellent concentration leverage. A study conducted by a psychology researcher from Plymouth showed that subjects who doodled during a telephone conversation retained 29% more information than those who simply took notes. In addition, this activity also appears to be a good way of taking on board new concepts and information and thinking up links between them.  

 

To find out more: “How to learn a designer’s problem-solving mindset with doodling”, by June Kant, (Medium, March 2019)