A lot of folks absently doodle if a pen and paper is at hand while sitting at meetings, conferences, classes, or while on the phone. Some go so far as to claim that how one doodles reveals something about their personality characteristics. I recall NPR even ran a story several years ago about Presidential doodling.
I keep a phone log of every phone conversation I have ever had at work. The logs are hand written by me on legal pads and there are about a dozen or so completely filled pads somewhere in the bowels of my desk with thousands of records about who called, when they called, their contact numbers, and other various other notes I think to scribble down. I noticed today that many of the log pages have certain repetitive doodle patterns in the margins. I guess I am a big one for drawing geometric shapes, because I've got 100 or more pages of them. I noticed a coworker who does our GIS has lots of discard maps with cartoon faces scrawled on them. Yet another coworker has a tendency to print out her emails and tends to draw numerous stars and arrows on the blank spaces while talking on the phone. I remember in junior high I knew a kid who like many used to doodle on his class notes, but I hesitate to classify some of those drawings as 'doodles' - some came off as serious artistic accomplishments, yet he claimed they were done 'absent-mindedly'.
How about you, do you have a generally artistic inclination?
are you a doodler or are you aware of others who doodle at work, school or home?
what types of doodles do you habitually gravitate towards?