So, Jimmy, what in the name of my cousin's fancy new barbeque is graphic recording?
Well, this is how I explained it to my grandma, Nanna Patch.
Chances are, you've seen it, but didn't know what it was called, so you didn't know what to google. You know those videos that get passed around on facebook or twitter of someone drawing a map of a conversation? That's graphic recording, or graphic facilitation, or scribing, or infodoodling (I'm not kidding). They all mean roughly the same thing, which is this:
A compelling visual summary of a conversation or presentation.
Check out my blog post on the topic for more information and to see examples of graphic recordings I've done.
When is Graphic Recording useful?
They go great with presentations, company meetings, brainstorming sessions, keynotes, panels, workshops, TED talks - anywhere a presenter delivers information. It is especially useful when introducing new concepts and demonstrating patterns as humans are much more likely to remember new facts when they are told a story, as opposed to listening to facts and figures.
How does it work?
I am live in the room or present via live streaming as these discussions are occurring, and am listening as a third party, distilling the information into a simplified visual. My drawings pinpoint issues and reiterate points being made; they ask questions and start conversations and help get everyone on the same page. Sometimes, what I pick up on can surprise the presenters - we can find new meanings through the process.
And if I haven't thrown enough info at you already, here are some things to consider when deciding if you need graphic recording at your next presentation:
- We think in pictures AND words. Graphic recording combines the two.
- 2/3 of the brain is used to process visual information.
- Our brains are far more engaged with storytelling than with facts. Combining images with text increases retaining capacity by 40%.
I also run workshops in Graphic Recording and Visual Thinking for anyone who wants to learn.
Contact me for a quote.