Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Andrew Silton’s Oodles of Doodles

Karen

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?

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