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Sketchnoting gathers pace across Norwich's business community - as an alternative to meeting minutes

PUBLISHED: 11:54 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 10 December 2015

Sketchnoter, Chris Spalton, who draws live events such as meetings and conferences. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sketchnoter, Chris Spalton, who draws live events such as meetings and conferences. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2015

Sketchnoting is becoming popular as a fresh way to capture ideas and record meetings - without pages of minutes. Business writer sabah Meddings reports

Chris Spalton's sketchnote of EDP interview. Picture: Chris SpaltonChris Spalton's sketchnote of EDP interview. Picture: Chris Spalton

Ever felt guilty for getting caught doodling in a meeting?

Not a growing community of sketchnoters who have turned their squiggles into a skill - and have become increasingly in demand.

The popularity of sketchnoting has been gathering pace across the world’s business community for the last few years - with banks, law firms and global internet empires catching on.

It is a new way of capturing ideas generated in meetings, and cutting out pages of minutes.

Chris Spalton, 36, is commissioned to record conferences and meetings through his mix of pictures and words.

Now Mr Spalton, of Clarance Road, Norwich, said local firms had begun to “twig”, and he is hoping to turn the skill into a business.

“It started off being notes for me to remember stuff with visual aids, he said. “Everybody goes into meetings and takes notes on a note pad and never looks at it again. So what’s the point?

“I would be sat in a boring meet-ing about insurance and was doodling all the time anyway.

“I decided I had to sit there, so I may as well be doodling the meeting.

Then I realised it was a thing.”

“It’s about expressing an idea but it’s not a piece of art work. You don’t have to be good at drawing.

“This is a way of taking minutes. People are really starting to get it.”

Clients include a law firm and his own work at user experience agency Foolproof.

Mr Spalton also runs a group teaching adults how to doodle.

Have you launched a new business? Call Sabah Meddings on 01603 772879 or email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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