We provide exciting graphic facilitation and graphic recording support for your upcoming conference, seminar, workshop or brainstorming session with rich and beautiful visual products and strategy. Let us help you transform information and data into actionable knowledge and insight.
See a write-up of our course at Queens University of Charlotte by Reid Creager, Charlotte Observer.
Our sessions offer:
- Graphic Facilitation/ Graphic Recording
- Training in Visual Note-taking (Sketchnoting)
- Coaching in whiteboard techniques and technology (mobile apps, smart boards, social doodling)
- Produce on-site printable infographics
1. What is Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording?
Simply, it’s the method by which fragmented sources of information, data and ideas are strategically compiled during a workshop style event into a rich visual product in a variety of mediums. With the recent amazing developments in brain science and the rise of design thinking, we’re quickly realizing the power of visualization in learning, complex problem solving, and strategy development. What may have previously been captured in meeting minutes or via inconsistent notes taken by individuals which are rarely shared can now become a large-scale living compilation of the efforts of a group of participants. The image that is produced not only maps the parts of a complex thought, but reveals relationships, proximities and unseen challenges. Graphic facilitators and recorders offer the visual leadership skills that can enhance any thinking session into a meaningful and team building experience.
2. Training in Visual Note-taking (Sketchnoting)
The fear of drawing is real. Somewhere in your life around 6-8 years old someone told you that you should leave drawing for the artists and those who have the talent. We aim to reconnect with your 3-5 year old self who fearlessly gripped their crayons and construction paper and created vast imaginary worlds, characters in their very own stories. Our training challenges you to strengthen your creative spirit and sharpens your visual communication skills. We’re not going to make you the next big time artist, but rather an effective visual communicator who can use pictures to create deeper connections and meaning with data and information.
3. Coaching in whiteboard techniques and technology
(mobile apps, smart boards, social doodling)
Many wish that they could stand at the whiteboard and sketch the next big idea or effectively collect their teams input into a comprehensive format. Our training provides individuals to foundations to be an effective and confident whiteboard doodler. We also offer advanced training in using digital technology to produce visuals live via mobile devices, smart boards and other cool new ways to pixel push.
4. Produce on-site printable infographics
Even though producing a large-scale visual product is amazingly important, we go one step further than other agencies and graphic facilitators by offering on-site infographic development and design. At the end of a session, participants will be provided with a high quality graphical version of all of the visual work created during their session. The graphic is also provided digitally so that participants may use the visualized information beyond the session in their power point presentations, in hand-outs and other mediums that they can share and spread. It’s an amazing way to keep the productive energy alive and moving.
Graphic Facilitation and Recording in the Classroom: “We doodle with purpose.”
Over the past two years, Mike Wirth and Shawn Bowers-Buxton are training students to doodle, sketch and draw to unlock the some hidden potentials of learning in a course called, Doodles with Brain Power. Using a series of design visual learning methods, Mike and Shawn are using a form of active visualization where students are writing and doodling what they see, hear and experience in the classroom. Active visualization is something that any student in any subject can do to further process information recorded during lectures, readings, group work, documentary viewings and any other formal and casual learning scenarios.
Combining the development of visual symbols and structures, students can spatialize or remix information into new forms and models. Generating these new forms and models allows students to open up new information access points and reveal less obvious relationships between data points. All leading towards reaching critical thinking goals and production outcomes.
Our process is simple: Listen and observe while doodling key points with unique typography and symbols, assemble points into a visual structure, apply structure towards taking exams, writing papers, and giving presentations.