Doodle-y doodle-y doo, deedle-y deedle-y dee


Most people don't grow up valuing drawing and doodling as primary ways of generating ideas and absorbing information. Reading, writing, and listening are the skills most valued at school, and opportunities to sketch ideas and plans at work are rare unless you go looking for them.

But the relegation of drawing to the sidelines of work is changing thanks to books and blogs that not only encourage people to use drawing as an intellectual tool, but insist that it leads to innovation, originality, and clarity.

Sunni Brown's book The Doodle Revolution is a part of this movement. Sunni announces on her website that 'The doodle revolution is a global campaign for visual literacy' and that doodling should be respected because it's been a precurser to and a catalyst for innovation for over 30,000 years.' Other books that embody the same 'drawing = innovation' ethos include Dan Roam's book The Back of the Napkin and Mike Rhode's book The Sketchnote Handbook, which we recommend you check out.

We wanted to see what kinds of doodles would come out of people's brains if we offered them to chance to win one of these books. We chose to offer The Doodle Revolution, and to put no restraints on what entrants could doodle. A challenge we faced, though, was how to choose a winner for such a subjective competition...

How we picked our winner - an original Optimal Workshop Production


Our winner - sent by @thenextmobile


And here are our honorable mentions (their drawings made us smile)


Sent by Hnaranjo



Sent by David



Sent by crispinTx



Sent by Katie



Sent by dhbuscher



Sent by @thenextmobile


Published on Aug 20, 2014
Kathryn Reeves

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