Day 144: Doodlers Unite. Mr Squiggle was onto something

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.

In her Ted talk Doodlers, Unite Sunni wants to break down the myths that doodling is bad thing. The negativity around doodling is something that we can thank history for as the word was used to define fools or to ridicule someone. These days doodling is associated with wasting time, acting thoughtlessly and making meaningless marks.

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”

Update: 

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.

Vanessa Rose