Doodling is awesome, and it does wonders for your creativity. Scientists say that as you doodle, the left side of your brain (that’s the logical, A-type personality side) begins to relax. Your mind drifts and opens to new possibilities – like busting down a door with one kick. It can be a small, but effective way to get ideas while you’re in a meeting or feeling stuck about what to write, say or create. Just pick up a pen and let loose on that paper.
So this is pretty interesting…I found out doodling is not only good for creativity, but also a special cause. Tomorrow happens to be National Doodle Day, which is a fundraising event to help Epilepsy Action over in England. Feel free to check it out, enter the online contest and doodle for some good!
If you want to step up your doodle game a bit higher, I challenge you to try droodles.
Droodles were first introduced to me by one of my beloved creative directors, Nick Nicholson. He would draw droodles on a white board and challenge the creative team to “solve” them. What the heck is a droodle, you might ask?
The simplest explanation: Droodles are part doodle, part riddle.
I did a little Wiki search to find a more formal answer, as well. Droodles were trademarked in 1953 by a cartoonist named Roger Price. Apparently they were all the rage in the 50’s and 60’s. The general form is minimal, usually a square box containing a few abstract lines or squiggles. The cartoonist would develop a humorous explanation of the picture’s description. It’s also a bit of a Rorschach test, where readers could interpret their own meaning and share in the humor.
Here are a few examples.
Okay, friends. Take a whack at some of these. What do you see in the pictures above? Leave a comment so we can share in your creativity and wit.
Have a great day, and here’s to drawing oodles of doodles!