Doodles

Posted by on March 13, 2012

As a set design student I was heavily encouraged to keep a daily sketchbook (every now and then it was even part of my grade). I was never very good at drawing every day – I just don’t enjoy drawing that much. I am OK at it, and I recognize that the more I do it the better I get at it. But there is no joy there, my drawings seem labored. The line is far from effortless.

What I do like to doodle (and still do in pretty much every meeting I have to attend), are interconnected geometric shapes.

When I saw these installations by Christopher Bettig I was struck with how much they look like the kind of thing I doodle.

This one is in a J Crew store in New York. He uses lots of scrap wood and bits of molding to create this bit of fabulous.

This one is at Candystore Collective in San Francisco.

I love how they feel very organic and playful, geometric but not rigid.

Bettig is a prolific designer who worked for Urban Outfitters for years and now is a senior designer at Google.

All images from Christopher Bettig’s website

One Response to Doodles

  1. Danie at Pasadya

    I would love to see these in person! I don’t know why, but I always had to have my papers free of doodles even though my notes looked like a complete mess after class. I love to draw and paint, and it was strange that I didn’t like to doodle. One of my best friends in college was a doodler (and artist), and she would always draw these crooked smiley faces on my notes. She was pretty much the only person I would allow to doodle on my papers. Maybe that’s my OCD tendency shining through?