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DOODLING : How it can make you more CREATIVE


Many people come across brilliant ideas when they are doing routine activities like driving, taking a shower or walking.

Different ideas and thoughts keep floating in our brains, no matter what activities we are doing.

This happens because our subconscious mind is an inexhaustible storehouse of ideas.

Ideas strike us one moment and slip away the very next.

So it is important to capture that particular moment of brilliance.

You can build big ideas from little ones, new from old ones.

Keep a pad of paper and a pencil next to you, in your purse or bag.

Its easier to access and helps in capturing spontaneous thoughts and ideas to doodle.


Doodling improves your drawing and abstract thinking ability.

It's fun to do and not difficult also.

Doodles don’t follow any rules.

You can draw anything you wish to.

It need not make any sense.

Make a doodle book.

Store all your ideas in it.

This way you build an archive of your concepts and visuals which is a good resource for future inspiration.

If you are preparing for any design / architecture entrance exam specially NID, you should attempt this doodle exercise.

At times, in the exam also exercises related to doodles have been asked.


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DOODLE EXERCISE: There are some lines given in the left hand side box. You have to draw a doodle incorporating the pre – existing lines into your doodle. Doodles don’t follow any logic. Just allow yourself to be creative and have fun.

To complete the doodle, you can rotate the sheet as per your conveniance. Any orientation whether horizontal or vertical, upside down or sideways is accepted.

Some of the student responses to the doodle exercise:


A Racing Car


Doodling Exercise for NID

 A Hack Saw


 An Elephant

Doodles for NID

An Underwater Clown 

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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