Graphic Recording: Sharing Complex Ideas Through Drawing

Are you one of those people who likes to solve problems on the job by sketching your ideas for coworkers? Are you a visual communicator interested in putting your drawing skills to work for businesses and organizations? Check out what these sketchers are doing to answer the call of duty as graphic recorders and graphic facilitators.

Increasingly, corporations and organizations are using visual communication during brainstorming sessions between executives, managers, and employees. Graphic recorders, according to Reilly Dow (pictured above), draw large murals that “act as a public memory, and help participants in any meeting or conversation share complex ideas.” Reilly says that “Graphic recording is a powerful tool for synthesizing conversations, dialogs, meetings and events. The recorder creates large-format visuals in real time, tapping into the collective intelligence and wisdom of a group and bringing it to life with graphics.” View Reilly Dow’s website called Pinkfish.

Brandy Agerbeck (pictured above) refers to graphic facilitation as creating “conceptual maps of conversations.” She says that conceptual maps focus “the group as they work, aiding concentration by capturing and organizing their ideas.”

View Brandy Agerbeck’s graphic facilitation of President Obama’s Inauguration Speech

Christina Merkley uses her artistic skills (shown above) to help groups visualize the decision-making process. She says that “organizations are discovering the power of graphic facilitation to get participants with diverse views on the same page.”

Christina has an excellent selection of articles about the history of graphic recording/facilitation and tips on how to get started. View Christina Merkley’s articles

Here’s the place to go for info about graphic recording and graphic facilitation: Visual

The Center for Graphic Facilitation: Blog

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Rob Court

Founder and drawing coach at the Scribbles Institute, Rob helps adults and kids learn basic drawing skills for work, school, and enjoyment. He is the author of a number of how-to-draw books.