Seeing the big picture
What is Graphic Recording and how can it help you to “picture your ideas” and better engage with stakeholders, clients, students and audiences? Graphic Recording is a way of visually capturing and conveying discussions in real-time. As about 80% of us are visual learners when we “see it, we get it” so this visual approach provides a clear way of organising information for both the eye and the brain. So if you are looking for a new way to engage with your teams and stakeholders that isn’t Powerpoint, you want to bring others on the journey with you in your business or industry or maybe you are looking for exciting ways to visualise your ideas and issues – then visual storytelling through graphic recording could be a way for you to tell your story and ‘draw out’ people’s ideas.
I also use Sketchnotes to quickly draw out discussions and concepts with people. The Sketchnote Army defines sketchnotes as ”purposeful doodling while listening to something interesting. It doesn’t require high drawing skills but does require a skill to visually synthesise and summarise via shapes, connectors and text.” So sketchnotes are visual notes created from a mixture of hand-drawn words and pictures which can include visual elements of typography, shapes and lines.
I love to sketchnote as it is a creative way of note-taking and I also enjoy helping people to put the joy in their notes! I believe anyone can draw — if you can draw a line then you can draw and I’m here to show you how! So if you’re interested in learning more about sketchnotes come along to one of my Drink & Draw MeetUps (see Community & Health)! I also deliver Sketchnote your Science in School to help students, teachers (…and educators, scientists, anyone really!!) to visualise their science. I visit Schools and any group situations to discuss how to use sketchnotes in an interactive and hands-on way. Stay tuned for more group learning activities at Community & Health, Sketchnote your Science or Contact me for more information.
I started working as a Graphic Recorder in 2015 and have worked with a wide range of people, teams and organisations to capture and convey their conversations, ideas, meeting outcomes and presentations with pictures and words – to create their visual story. I draw upon my strategic skills and experience, my scientific background and my creative abilities to provide a unique visual storytelling experience. Meeting minutes and PowerPoint certainly have their place, but just watch what happens when you use words and pictures to capture and convey what is happening in a meeting or presentation….people really become engaged!
I ensure that the visual products that I create from my graphic recording and sketchnoting suit the needs of every client and audience from capturing the big picture to simply providing a record of discussions for later reflection – as illustrated below.
As a Graphic Recorder and Sketchnoter I have had the great opportunity and privilege to work with many different people, groups and organisations from Indigenous communities, International organisations, Business and Industry, Community and Health, Government groups, Schools and Universities, scientists and managers to draw out local, regional and international ideas and issues. With my clients I have also created unique and eye catching Infographics to help tell people’s stories and simplify complex issues. I also visit schools and groups to help people to visualise their work through sketchnoting, for example through Sketchnote your Science. Please view my client stories for further examples of my visual storytelling work and below are examples of the visual products I create with clients and how you can use your visual stories.
My graphic recording and sketchnotes can be used across groups, teams and organisations and events for a range of purposes including (but not limited to):
- Team meetings and team building exercises
- Stakeholder engagement
- Strategic and scenario planning
- Conferences and presentations
- Interviews with clients and stakeholders
- Workshops and meetings
- Conceptual discussions
- Graphics for books, reports, journal articles, websites etc
- Learning to use sketchnotes
Visual Products for you
Visual products I create from my graphic recording ‘live’, as an observer or through pre-recorded interviews include the following, which are tailored to the client and audience (along with examples of these visual products below):
- Visual stories (carried out “live”, as an observer or via recorded interviews)
- Sketchnotes (carried out “live”, as an observer or via recorded interviews)
- Infographics & illustrations (see more of my Infographics & Illustrations)
- Conceptual diagrams
- Visual meeting minutes
- Animated visual stories
- Sketchnote your science (How to put the joy in your notes)
Visual Products you can use
Below are some examples of how you can use your visual products (unaltered) after an event and for further information here are 10 ways to USE your VISUAL STORIES.
Share them: via email, newsletters, team meetings, social media and your website
Present them: as gifts, unique keepsakes and as marketing materials to share with others
Examples of my visual products:
Infographics & conceptual diagrams
Visual meeting minutes
Animated visual stories (short and simple stories via iPad)
Sustainable Sediment Management Story (North Queensland Bulk Ports)
*Please note use of my graphics post-event need to be attributed to me and remain unaltered unless written permission is given as all graphics and images are Copyright © 2017 Dr Sue Pillans
Infographics & Illustrations – words and pictures for people I use a range of drawing techniques to help people ‘picture their ideas’ from creating infographics and illustrations to telling animated stories through digital drawings and animations. Infographics are like mini ‘visual stories‘ combining text and graphics to visually communicate often complex issues, data and/or information. … Continue reading Infographics & Illustrations
East Asia-Pacific Region Stakeholder Forum for coastal communities (Manila, Philippines) Working with the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project through the University of Queensland I was the Graphic Recorder at their annual Stakeholder Forum and Planning Workshop held in Manila, Philippines in February 2016. The CCRES project aims to demonstrate how the … Continue reading International organisations
Indigenous fisheries & science As a Graphic Recorder for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) I work with the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery stakeholders in their science and training workshops. Graphic recording is a great way to engage with the Torres Strait stakeholders around their science and training needs, and they even jumped … Continue reading Indigenous communities
“Drawing out ideas” with Business and Industry I am very fortunate to be able to “picture ideas” with some of the most innovative and world class businesses and industries. My visual storytelling approach helps business and industry to draw out their ideas and visualise their goals. You can see how my graphic recording below also … Continue reading Business & Industry
Communities of Health I am so inspired by those who work, help and support the health of our communities whether that be through medical research, not-for-profit organisations, our on-ground practitioners or those who gather to make a difference. I try to volunteer my creative services where I can to support these amazing communities of health, as … Continue reading Community & Health
“Picturing ideas” with Schools and Universities I’m very lucky to be able to work with the Education sector to help schools and universities ‘picture their ideas’ through visual storytelling. Below are some examples of how I have drawn out the ideas of our educators, researchers and students. I just love my job!! Ideas to Impact … Continue reading Schools and Universities
Government projects, people and priorities Coastal and Marine Strategy for the Top End In my role as a Graphic Recorder I have amazing opportunities to draw in great places with interesting people and drawing in the Top End is always a great experience! I was part of an experienced team of consultants engaged by the … Continue reading Government groups