There are 2 reasons to do Graphic Recording practice between paid jobs. 1: to get better (duh) and 2: because the vast majority of client work in this field is Data Protected. Usually you’re working with the top echelons of the company, documenting their strategy and plans for the future, so the content can be a bit top secret. That means absolutely no sharing it on your website on pain of death. As a result, many Graphic Recorders and Facilitators can work solidly for months without anything tangible to show for it (apart from a happy bank manager). So doing the odd ‘practice’ recording is good to keep your hand in, but also useful to show people what you can do. This recording took about 1.5 hours and was then photographed and cleaned up in photoshop to show how it would be delivered to the client. Here’s the original video.
made with pens and paper and then cleaned in photoshop
Most of the scribing or graphic recording I do is at meetings that are top secret. Many forms have to be signed, oaths sworn and mysterious handshakes shook (shaken? whatever) to protect the privacy of the client. As such it can be hard to show off the work you’ve done, or at least any opportunities are at best, sporadic. I was delighted therefore to hear that EMC were happy for Scriberia to write about my experiences working with them, because I greatly enjoyed attending their meeting last summer in Paris. They were a great group and very inspiring as they fought to increase roles and recognition for women in the tech sector.
Scriberia have written a post on their blog about it here which is very nice:
A few weeks ago, I went off into the beautiful wilds of Devon to take visual minutes for the Met Office on behalf of the marvellous and mighty SCRIBERIA.
We were attending a meeting of Euporias – a project run by 30 international experts in climate service development who gathered to discuss and identify the key principles that should be considered when developing new climate services.
Over 3 days, the Euporias team identified their new set of Principles, and I was there to capture the whole thing. The visuals created were used as a way of communicating the results of the meeting to the climate community and the public as a whole. They were also a great way of keeping track of the huge volume of ideas being produced so that refinements could be carried out and final concepts could be reached.
They were a lovely group and they did some hard and very useful work!
Back in June I did a job illustrating live at a conference at Oxford University in conjunction with the great British Museum. Over two days in June this year, a group of staff from the British Museum and guests took on the problem of trying to define religion and think about how religion affects, or is affected, by the sort of objects that make up the British Museum’s collection. It was all part of a research project with the EPIC name of Empires of Faith. BAM BAM BAAAAM
Whilst these brilliant minds argued away about some really meaty academic topics, I sat at the back and drew drawings of some of the points they were coming up with. Never has my tiny brain hurt so badly! So much great thought goes on behind the scenes at Universities across the world, but it is rare that we ordinary Joes and Josephines get to see it. Perhaps these illustrations will help bring these topics to life for a wider range of people. Anyway, here is the result, and I think everyone was happy.
Please read the British Museum’s very good blog on the topic :