My dear dekeArtistas, did you get in trouble for doodling when you were supposed to be paying attention in school? (I didn’t, because I was all about the words, baby. But I might know a creature or two who did.) Good friend of the dekeLounge, and recently published authoress Sunni Brown (whose book Gamestorming is storming the Amazon charts as we speak!) comes back to the lounge to explain what she actually, ahem, does for a living. Call it graphic recording, call it visual notetaking, or join Sunni’s movement and call it “strategic doodling.”
Why, in the name of all that is visually holy, is doodling frowned upon? And what exactly is the form and texture of Sunni’s “doodle revolution?” Here are some thoughts that Sunni shared on this week’s show:
- Doodlers retain 30% more information, even if they’re doodling off-topic.
- Sunni prefers to not define herself as an artist, the reasons are nuanced and strategic.
- What is the doodle revolution going to look like? Will there be barricades in the streets with easels and markers?
- There really is no historically flattering definition of the term “doodle.” Most recently, it means a “wasting time or being totally mindless.”
- Learn the background of the term “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
- Doodlers are awesome and smart. (By the way, speaking of awesome and smart, here is my son, Wheeler’s, arm-doodle using a Sharpie of all things, to draw the Sharpie logo of all things on his own arm. Seriously, we need to get these kids some non-toxic pens!) Wheeler drew this on his arm during history class, which, according to Sunni’s research, may mean that he retained more history by drawing on himself than those who took actual notes about history!
- You people are visual, join Sunni’s Doodle Revolution and thwart the Man, who would leave us un-expressed.
Where else can you experience the seeds of the Deke’s of the world taking over-throwing the non-doodling Man? Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. Here’s the high-res version; you’ll want to download rather than stream. And don’t forget our usual plea to subscribe via iTunes.
In the meantime, cheers to Sunni and the people, young and old, who dare to draw!