The Doodle Revolution

Colouring for mental health and well being. In 2014 3.5 million ‘art therapy’ colouring books were sold in France (mostly to women).

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This colouring book comes with a set of colours, for example pink for the pig’s skin, red for the top, this keeps children from unleashing their imagination, they cannot colour the pig however they want as it is set on their mind. It sends children the message that they are supposed to colour/draw things the way they see it, in real life or TV not the way they want to, or imagine it.

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Fighting against the “damaging effects” of giving a young child such a strictly-defined task. (Mossman, 2015)

Sketch notes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines (Rohde, 2013 – UX design background). Sketch notes are purposeful doodling while listening to something interesting, they don’t require high drawing skills, but do require a skill to visually synthesise and summarise via shapes, connectors and text. Sketch notes are as much a method of note taking as they are a form of creative expression.

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