Q: I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU. HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
Q: WHAT IS GRAPHIC RECORDING?
A: Graphic recording is the creation of a visual record of ideas and concepts in real time. It can be used at conferences, meetings, and other events. I like to work on a large, visible surface so that participants can see their ideas as the day progresses.
At the end of your meeting or event, I'll take a digital photo and edit a clean version of the image for you to use. The original version of the graphics stays with you to keep.
Q: What are the benefits?
A: You are deeply involved in both the day-to-day realities and the long view of what you do. 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 connections become clearer.
Visuals act as a public memory and help us 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 ARE YOU BASED? will YOU TRAVEL?
A: I'm currently based in Mexico City and am happy to travel wherever your session or event might be.
In the past, I've also lived and worked out of Santiago, Toronto and Austin.
Q: WHAT KINDS OF MATERIALS DO YOU USE, AND WHO PROVIDES THEM?
A: I bring all the drawing materials (markers, pastels, etc.) and will arrange for the rest of the equipment and materials depending on the venue.
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 and room, we may need to coordinate shipment of paper or foamcore boards directly to the venue.
In either case, extra display space is helpful to place the graphic charts throughout the day. Depending on the length of your session, I usually fill up several sheets of paper or panels of foamcore.
Q: HOW DO YOU CHARGE?
A: Typically I charge by the day. This fee includes a 30 minute phone call or meeting to prepare for your session; basic materials such as paper or foamcore; the full day of live graphic recording (up to six active hours); and digital copies of all the graphics. Additional costs such as travel and accommodations, or shipping for materials, are not included in the fee and will be added to the final invoice. Please email or call for a quote.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS?
A: You will receive the originals and digital copies of your graphics after the meeting or event is finished. The originals are yours to keep, and edited digital copies will be ready within a week.
Some ideas for using the original graphics include:
- hang them in your office
- store them and take them out after a few weeks or months to reconnect to the conversation
- add to them using Post-Its to keep generating ideas.
As for the digital copies, you may want to:
- print them out
- include them in presentations or reports
- crop a small section
- make mugs or t-shirts, why not?
There are endless possibilities and I encourage you to use the graphics as a tool. If you would like support in doing so, feel free to get in touch.
Q: i want to learn to do this. do you offer workshops?
A: Yes, I'm available to teach introductory level workshops on graphic recording and visual thinking. Workshops are experiential and engaging, designed to connect with your practical needs. Please email or call for more info.
Q: DO YOU make VIDEOS?
A: Yes! I work with a talented team to create engaging explainer videos, in English and Spanish. They’re fantastic for explaining a topic and communicating key messages quickly and succinctly. We take care of everything from writing the script to creating original illustrations, recording voiceover, adding music, and putting it all together. Take a look at some of our past projects here and tell us about your video project to get started.