valuing what I do – changing my perceptions of doodles – They’re sketchnotes!
Ever wonder why it takes naming a thing in order to validate it? It may be lamentable that I sometimes have a hard time seeing the value in something until someone else does, but I’m always happy when it actually comes to pass. Such is the case for my recent discovery of sketchnotes. Giulia Forsythe, sketchnotist extraordinaire, tweeted a these two sites with great descriptions of sketchnoting – the process of visually representing the note-taking or thought-making process for later recall and sharing. Finally, those doodles that I’ve been devoting so much time to – I’m actually meditating on ideas while I colour – have value in and of themselves. I have seen Giulia’s visual representations and have wondered how the hell she creates those wonderful pictures (don’t even get me started on the animated gifs!). While my sketchnotes may be in plain ol’ ink and paper, it is the site where my research is serendipitously unfolding itself, and, in the end, I predict they will be key in presenting my reflections on my learning over the course of the term. Look at that use value!! In addition, I am always delighted when I take a look at how a drawing unfolds over time and find hidden messages to myself. Like a good book, I’m excited to see how it turns out!
So thanks to Giulia for giving me the key(words) to validate my doodling and recognizing it for what it really is – WORK! I mean PLAY! I mean WORK!… um… It is also because of her impeccable tradition of sharing that I have signed up for my first flickr account so that I, too, can share my sketchnotes. Letsmakesomeartdammit!