Over 15 years ago I started using sketch books (and a fountain pen) for my note-taking and design work. The notebooks by Strathmore come in various sizes, the paper is acid free, they are pretty cheap (compared to Moleskins), and you can buy them nearly anywhere. I use paperback-size notebooks for to-do lists, bigger 9×11 notebooks for design work, and occasionally huge notebooks for big ideas.
In meetings, I’m usually taking notes (laptops are just rude, in my opinion), doing design work, or when things are boring and I can see the clock going backwards, I draw cartoons.
In really bad meetings the cartooning takes a “cry for help” flavor, like the following.
Here’s a message in a bottle. I think that someone in the room behind the guy throwing the bottle is doing client-server technology on a whiteboard. Sharks are circling for some reason.
This one is a little infantile. The meeting must have been really bad.
(“Blind man with a short stick” = “Engineer without a spec” = “Meeting from Hell”)
This one is basically junior-high-school level artwork. It makes reference to the building we were in at the time (the Landings Drive suites, just off 101 in Mountain View, and across from the main Google building, though it was SGI at the time this was drawn) –
Sometimes we’d sneak over to the SGI cafeteria. They didn’t seem to care; they had their own troubles.
I imagine (I know) that some of you were in the Landings complex. Anyone in 2047? I know a few of you, too… 🙂