The joy of doodling, making a mistake and then making something out of it...
Hello! My name Minh Ngo. I am the co-organizer for Doodle-le-do Toronto. I’m very excited to be a part of the Doodle-le-do community because I genuinely love helping others re-discover the joy of doodling, of colouring outside the lines, of making a mistake…
and then making something out of it...
I started doodling in earnest, if you can believe, during grad school! In fact, I was trying to complete my graduate research studies while working full-time and preparing to move to Germany. Talk about biting off more than you can chew. What can I say, I am too curious for my own good sometimes. One of the most challenging things about graduate level research is that you are dealing with so much information, that it is so easy to get lost in the details and not see the bigger the picture.This is what my study looked like then:
Yeah. It doesn’t stop there. Here’s a snap shot of my other wall.
One fateful day I happened to pick up a visual thinking book at the airport bookstore enroute to Frankfurt. I devoured the whole book during the 9-hour flight, used it to draw out my ideas and mapped out my next steps. Four months later I not only successfully defended my thesis but also ended up publishing it.
And ever since, I’ve been passionate about sharing the value of a visual approach to helping others get out of a rut, to sketch beneath the surface and picture the possibilities. Today, I work as a visual strategist, educator and confidant for creatives, idea peoples and professionals who dare to imagine a different future.
So as you can imagine when I found out what Natalia from Natalka Design was doing with Doodle-le-do via Twitter, I knew I had to be a part of it. A few things stood out about it right away:
1) Doodle-le-do meetup was about people not business cards. Having gone to my share of networking events, I often left with a pocket full of business cards but very little knowledge about how I could actually help the people I met there because interactions seems forced and transactional. Doodle-le-do’s small meetup offers a more intimate opportunity to actually connect with people, do something fun together and most importantly, just be yourself.
2) Doodle-le-do brings the kid in all of us. Remember when you drew something or did something for the sake of just doing it? For me, Doodle-le-do is about that. Doodle, drink and be merry. What more can you ask for?
3) the thing that attracted me to Doodle-le-do is the aspect of building a community. It’s about being open to meeting new people, learning about their stories and being curious about the next chapter of their life.
If you are still wondering if you should come to a Doodle-le-do event, the answer is yes. Who knows where your imagination will take you!
Minh Ngo - #DoodleledoToronto co-organiser