I am a doodler. I have been one since as long as I can remember. The pages of my school books were lined with doodles that perhaps made no sense to anyone but myself. To be honest, I have never really put much thought into doodles but Ted speaker Sunni Brown has.
Doodling is a powerful tool
Sunni want everyone to recognise the doodling is not mindless scribbling but it can actually be pretty powerful stuff. According to Sunni “it is a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus. Additionally, it has a profound effect on creative problem-solving and deep information processing.” and “People who doodle when they’re exposed to verbal information retain more of that information than their non-doodling counterparts”
After watching this Ted talk I had a sudden nostalgic craving to watch the Australian kids TV show from the 80’s Mr Squiggle. I think Mr Squiggles was onto something. He knew that scribbles weren’t meaningless and could be part of a bigger picture.