(With apologies for today’s spamminess; I wanted to separate the different thoughts into separate journal entries.)
During meetings, I often doodle on a piece of paper—anything from geometric figures to Chinese/Japanese characters. I like to think it helps me concentrate, especially if the topic does not require immediate input from me.
Here’s an example of such a doodle page (with a little bit redacted; the blurring at the bottom and near the top is due to a bad picture, though):
I particularly liked the way my handwriting turned out in the word Pflichtenheft; here’s a closeup:
I hadn’t set out to make it especially legible or pretty or anything, but after I had written it, it struck me that I didn’t think I’d mind reading text set in a font made out of that. It seemed to have a kind of loose, readable sans-serif quality, a kind of je ne sais quoi that I can’t quite articulate.