New calendar entry for Friday afternoons, and in all seriousness, ‘Creative Playtime’
On a Friday afternoon for two years I have had in my diary to protect time for Creative downtime and I have rarely achieved this. However, this year I intend to give this a whole new priority as I believe it is an essential part of keeping that balance and being able to provide the energy in the work. Whilst I recognise it wont always be possible, this year, it will be a priority. And to kick it off a little playful look around the desk I spend so many hours at I hope you enjoy it. PS the idea inspired by others and namely of recent Raquel Benmergui
So the virtues of visual methods to engage people meaningfully and creatively are being endorsed more and more. This includes graphic facilitation, graphic recording, visual notes, scribing to name a few. All of which is great for the revolution of visual thinking and engaging people effectively. But where did and does it all begin? For me, quite simply, like for many, it began in many meetings where for my own sake I was trying to make sense of what I was hearing and aiming to capture key points to help my memory process and retain the nuggets of information.
I soon found the notes were becoming not only purposeful and useful but a great freedom and creativity within what was often an otherwise constrained environment. Many years on I still find myself totally absorbed by the content and fully connected with the pen when I sketch note purely. This sketch note was a response to a short animation from Matt Greenwood’s 50sec animation-24 design elements http://lnkd.in/drK4NQX
How often have you spent hours of your life in meetings or training and written reams of notes that you have never referred to again? I used to. But then as doodling had always been a tool to help me focus and concentrate my notes gradually transformed into more purposeful notes with doodles i.e. ‘sketch notes’. In time this has led to an entire professional way of life which I’m not suggesting is everyone’s cup of tea, however, this article is nice illumination of how we can all transform a page of endless writing into a quick visual evocation of the main points and bring us back to the content in moments. Read the full article here Making more sense of our notes
NSUN and Mind ran a series of events to bring communities and authorities together to discuss the changes happening locally and to support people to get involved, informed and influence locally. These are the ‘sketch notes’ by Debbie Roberts from the Lambeth event,