Business & Industry

“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 helps business and industry to put people in the picture using a range of visual storytelling approaches from ‘live’ graphic recording, creating infographic illustrations and drawn animations.

North Queensland Bulk Ports

I worked with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) (http://www.nqbp.com.au) to help them visually communicate their environmental and sustainability stories, both internally with staff and externally with stakeholders and the community. NQBP is one of Australia’s largest port authorities by tonnage throughput with more than half of Queensland’s trade, by tonnage, passing through their ports (which include Weipa, Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point). As shown below I will be using a range of visual storytelling approaches to help NQBP communicate their environmental stories.

Putting people in the picture with Ports

I recently attended a NQBP team meeting where I graphically recorded ‘live’ a presentation by Kevin Kane, Senior Manager Environment. It was great fun drawing out Kev’s talk to help visualise for the staff the complex elements and processes of NQBP’s Sustainable Sediment Management story. As you can see from the photos and feedback below we have been working together to create a number of visuals to help picture ports for people! Check out the new drawn animation below too which illustrates NQBPs Sustainable Sediment Management story!

Testimonial: “Having what is a complicated topic graphically recorded ‘live’ during a workshop is incredibly valuable. Sue has the innate skill of distilling key information into graphical form and simplifying the messages but without losing key detail. Feedback from workshop participants was very positive – there were even a few ‘aha’ moments which were helped along by Sue’s active work during the session. The possibilities to use this creative method of communication are endless and we look forward to working further with Sue on NQBP’s key sustainability and environment projects”, Simona Duke, Senior Manager Sustainability, NQBP

     

Testimonial: “If you want to lead in anything, you need to know how to communicate effectively. Telling a story, and telling it well, is a big part of the whole ‘communicate effectively’ equation. What I found fascinating working with Sue, is how quickly her work puts your story telling skills to the test….and (the big ‘and’) how you can sometimes simply massage the story a little to tell a much better story“, Kevin Kane, Senior Manager Environment, NQBP

Drawing out the Sediment Story

I worked with the NQBP’s Environment and Sustainability team to help draw out their ‘Sustainable Sediment Management’ story. It was a great experience working with people who are so committed to telling their environmental and sustainability stories through words and pictures. I also love when I work with teams and they take over with the pens and whiteboard as you can see below!

The end products included an infographic illustration for use at an International Ports Conference and a hand drawn animation of NQBPs Sustainable Sediment Management Storywhich is now available for viewing via NQBPs You-Tube channel https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhDSlvcL_k and in the below video clip.

 

Queensland Sugar Cane Industry

As a Graphic Recorder I worked with Behaviour Innovation Pty Ltd on ‘Project Cane Changer’, a partnership with CANEGROWERS (peak industry body) and the Queensland Government. The project was designed to value and recognise Queensland’s sugar cane farmers for their role as custodians of the land and their ongoing efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef. You can find out further information about Project Cane Changer.

Graphic Recording was used in the first phase of this project to help visualise the ideas and issues facing farming families when it comes to their role in protecting the Reef. My role as the Graphic Recorder for this project was to visually capture and convey the key messages, ideas, issues and discussions we had with the wide range of sugar cane stakeholders that make up Queensland’s sugar cane industry including (but not limited to): farmers, growers, mills, members of the supply chain, sugar cane families and Government.

CANEGROWERS

CANEGROWERS is the peak industry body for sugarcane growers in Queensland and major partner in Project Cane Changer. I was privileged to be able to draw out the ideas and issues facing the cane industry during a recent central office team meeting. It makes for a good team meeting when you have an amazing spread of morning tea with a bit of visual ‘sugar and spice’ thrown in!

     

Wet Tropics Road Trip

Throughout June 2016 the ‘Cane Changer’ team went on a road trip to the Wet Tropics of North Queensland to meet with a range of sugar cane farmers and growers including the Women of Cane. As you can see from their visual stories below the sugar cane industry in Queensland is complex, diverse and very innovative. I just love working with farmers to help “picture their ideas“!

Women in Cane – in the Canegrowers offices of Mulgrave and Babinda I helped to picture the ideas of the amazing women of cane.

Testimonial: “Thank you Sue for capturing, what was a very intimate, honest and heartfelt discussion amongst the amazing women cane farmers in our area. You have a remarkable talent, not only for listening and comprehending but also for organising and representing the many threads of conversation that evolve. Somehow, you managed to turn 2 hours of chatting into a work of art that the ladies were proud of and want shared with the farming community!” Sandra Henrich, Executive Officer, CANEGROWERS Cairns Region

Shed meeting – we held our very own shed meeting with cane growers in Tully where I drew out the issues and challenges facing the sugar cane industry.

Testimonial: “Brilliant”! Greg Shannon, Cane Productivity Manager, Tully Sugar Ltd

CANEGROWERS – in the Herbert River offices of CANEGROWERS I put people in the picture and drew out the cane growers issues, challenges and ideas.