Project: Create a Doodle About Finding Solitude in the City

Posted by Len Kendall

Welcome to the new doodles series here on GOOD. The practice of sketching notes rather than simply sharing information via text has started to grow in popularity due to its visual appeal and tendency to draw us back to quickly accessible information. People like Mike Rohde and Nora Herting in particular have helped bring this highly approachable art form to the tech world and we would like to continue that momentum here to help spread thinking about sustainability, culture, health, and more.

Each month we will be covering a new topic prime for doodles and may even start to incorporate this form of illustration for upcoming conferences and events. This series is going to ask you to both create and select the illustrations that bring random daily ponderings to life. Whether a professional artist or an amateur napkin scribblers, we urge you to share your thoughts about how you see the world, and what people are doing to make a difference.

Our introductory topic this month will be "urban solitude." We're asking GOOD readers who reside in large metro areas what they do, and where they go to find a moment of peace. Below is a doddle from us to get things kickstarted. But feel free to let your imagination run wild.  Project details below.

the OBJECTIVE
Create a DOODLE that tells your story of finding solitude in the city.

the ASSIGNMENT
The DOODLE can be as broad or as specific as you wish. Especially with it being summer, cities are now flooded with crowds of both locals and tourists. Think about your personal getaways in the city. How does it change your mood? Why do you feel the need to find your secret destination? What do you do when you're there? We want a small glimpse into your private hideaway within a metropolis. Perhaps you may even work on this project while you're there.

the REQUIREMENTS
Send us an e-mail at projects[at]goodinc[dot]com with your doodle, or post it to GOOD's Community Board with the tag "June 2010 DOODLE." It can be in any image format, but it should be high enough resolution that it can be printed at 300 dpi. We prefer images that are taller versus wider (the above was a 6:8 ratio). There are numerous methods for creating visual notes whether through digital means (tablets, digital sketchpads, etc) or tangible methods such as using a Moleskine. Regardless of your choice, please ensure the images are as clean as possible. Feel free to include a brief summary to your illustration. We’ll take submissions now through July 2.

We'll be awarding the best overall doodle with a GOOD T-shirt and free subscription (or gift subscription) based on votes from "the crowd." We ask you to take into account factors like: overall quality of illustration, relevance to the topic, and clarity and flow.

In the meantime, we do plan on sharing some of your great submissions with upcoming update posts.