Q: WHAT IS GRAPHIC RECORDING?

 

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A: Graphic recording is the creation of a visual record of a conversation in real time. It can be used at conferences, meetings, and other events. I like to work on a large sheet of paper, mounted on the wall, so that participants can see the ideas they're sharing and learning about as the day progresses.

When your session is finished, I take a digital photo and edit a clean version of the image for you to use. The original version also stays with you to keep.

Q: What are the benefits?

A: You are great at what you do. You're deeply involved in both the day to day realities and the long view of your work. As an outsider, I'm able to listen with a fresh perspective and make sure nothing gets missed. Having a graphic recorder present means you're able to focus on the task at hand. As I document the conversation visually, ideas and the connections between them become clearer.

Graphic charts act as a public memory and will help participants in your session or event share complex ideas more easily. People feel acknowledged and recognize the importance of their active participation as they watch their ideas being captured in a visual way. Graphic recording increases understanding, productivity and creativity, and facilitates systems thinking. It also engages both the right and left sides of the brain.

Q: Where can I see examples?

A: Take a look through my portfolio or Flickr page for photos.

Q: WHERE ARE YOU BASED? will YOU TRAVEL?

 

Q: WHICH MATERIALS DO YOU USE, AND WHO PROVIDES THEM?

A: I'm currently based in Mexico City and will gladly travel wherever your session or event might be. 

In the past, I've also lived and worked out of Santiago, Toronto, and Austin, TX.

A: The most affordable setup is a large sheet of paper (at least 3'x5') mounted on a smooth, flat wall with masking tape (see an example here). If wall space is not available, we can also use easels or rent a portable wall (see an example here). Depending on the location of your event, we will need to coordinate shipment of paper or foamcore.

In either case, extra display space is helpful to place the graphic charts throughout the session. Depending on the length of your session, I usually fill up several sheets of paper or panels of foamcore.

I will bring all the drawing materials.