In meetings, I don’t take notes.Â I doodle.Â The odd thing is, I can look at those little circles, oddly contorted human faces, aligned polygons.. whatever – and a month later, I remember the context.Â I remember the meeting.
To anyone else, or even to me, looking at it looks more like I was bored, and not paying attention.Â Unless I know the context.Â Somehow those doodles remind my odd brain of exactly what we were talking about.Â And what I need to deliver.Â To me it makes sense.
I can’t explain it.
But I think of almost everything in “pictures” – mental images, that kick off a data retrieval process.Â Certainly this involves a lot of mental tagging – in fact, there is probably a ton of “social networking shit” going on in my head. I also process relationships in contexts – that is generally what pictures remind me of.
So I bought 22 new white boards for the office (the big ones), and put them everywhere.Â Â In the hallways, wherever.
And I watched people start to use them.Â Some are always covered with technical stuff.Â Some are always more like a graffiti wall.Â But they all tell me either what people are thinking about, or how people are feeling.Â Interesting more now than I realized before I started this post.
Since so many people draw, create, architect, or animate on these white boards, I wonder how many of them think more like me than I imagine?
I think Visually
October 29, 2008 by