Andrew Silton’s Oodles of Doodles

There was a great article in today’s Wall Street Journal about doodling in meetings: “One Man’s Oodles of Doodles Draw a Picture of Life in Finance.” Final Selections.pptx

59-year-old Andrew Silton spent 30 years working in asset management, picking stocks and managing an investment strategy for a state pension system. That’s pretty stressful work. Mr. Silton has doodled through many of his meetings, filling at least 75 spiral bound notebooks with 600 drawings.

“I look at the eyes in some of my pictures and they look frightened and troubled,” said Mr. Silton. Looking back on his career, he realized that doodling was a form of solace in meetings.  Doodling is often considered a by-product of boredom, but research shows that doodling can help the doodler retain information.

Mr. Silton’s doodles give him instant recall of who was in the room and what they were talking about, even though he avoided drawing anything with even a slight resemblance to someone there.  “If I realized that a drawing started to resemble someone in a meeting, I’d quickly put long hair or sunglasses on him or turn him into a fish or something.”

Do you doodle?  Does it help you focus or relax? What do your doodles look like?

Side stapled Rhodia notebooks – Great for projects

These are the notebooks that I am considering for use in an upcoming Rhodia swap project. While our top stapled pads (Bloc Rhodia) and our Webnotebooks are very well known, I think it’s time to show off what else we’ve got. Continue Readering »

Gearing up to start the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap!

It’s happening!!!

I am putting together the final details surrounding the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap and expect to start searching for our 12 participants sometime next week. If you haven’t heard about the swap, we are going to be providing 12 large dotWebbie journals to a dozen creative people to utilize for a few weeks at a time, who will then mail the book on to the next person, and so on, until it reaches the last person who in turn, mails it back to the person who started that book.

The dozen participants will be sharing their creativity via a group Tumblr Blog for us all to see.

You do not have to be an “artist” or a “writer” to participate, You should however, be creative and willing to share. This swap will be open to US residents age 18 or older. An international swap may happen at a later date.

More details, including the *Theme* of the swap, to be announced soon!

Bloc Rhodia Cover Doodles

Gentian cover Doodle

Image courtesy of Flickr member Gentian.

About a month ago, we asked on our Blank Pad Forum whether or not you doodled on your Rhodia Covers and the answer appears to be yes. Continue Readering »

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