Nothing crystallizes an idea like doodles and notes in a notebook. I tend to have a lot of them, in all shapes and for a variety of purposes.
But I never realized how a humble notebook/sketchbook might fit my “think digital, act analog” mantra. Until I saw this, from a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based designer and blogger Mike Rohde.
Rohde condensed the events he attended at SXSWi, in Austin Texas, into sketches and notes in a moleskin sketchbook. Says Rhodes, “while sketchnotes capture concentrated concepts for each session well, I think they’re even better at awakening ideas stored in the minds of session attendees.”
The fact that he’s scanned the pages and made them available online on his blog, and on Flickr takes it a step further by sharing his experience, to “awaken” ideas in those who couldn’t be there. Analog and digital aren’t mutually exclusive as many make it seem. Meeting reminders in Microsoft Outlook won’t reduce our love of sticky notes. I really like JJot and ToDoPub but none of these digital tools will make me abandon the simple, inspiring spiral-bound notebook.