What is Graphic Recording?
Graphic Recording is real-time, live visual capture of an event. Also referred to as "visual notetaking" or "scribing", graphic recording requires the Recorder to actively and attentively listen, synthesize the ideas, and visually represent information that is communicated orally.
How is Graphic Recording different than Graphic Facilitation?
The biggest differences between working with me as a graphic recorder versus a graphic facilitator is the amount and type of work you want me to do both before the event and in the room. As a graphic recorder, there is very little we need to work on ahead of time. Usually we will have a planning call, you will provide me with an agenda and your expectations, and I may prepare templates or visuals ahead of time. I show up in the room with my paper and markers, set up on a wall usually on the side of the room, and take live, large visual notes of the conversation that is happening. You and your participants get to see your conversation take shape, but I am not jumping in to help shape or guide it (unlike with graphic facilitation). I may ask questions or clarify concepts during a break, but otherwise largely do not verbally participate in the discussion, just visually. After the event, you can keep the original drawings and I will take photos and digitally enhance the charts to send to you. I can also make recommendations on how you could leverage the images with your participants after the event.
What Options Do You Offer for Graphic Recording?
Graphic recorders are versatile and can work big or small, in person or virtually. In person, a graphic recorder can "work big" by recording on a large paper mounted on a wall. Participants can then see the conversation take shape visually while it is still happening. Graphic recorders can also "work small" in person by recording in a notebook. This can later be digitized and sent out as a memory aid or even marketing of an event. This is also called "sketchnoting". Virtual graphic recording is when the recording is done live in an online event, often in a virtual conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.). The recorder could do the recording digitally on a computer or tablet and project it into the event. Another way to virtually record and share live is by drawing on paper, big or small, and having a camera aimed at it to project into the event. Both of these methods allow participants to view the visual progression of the conversation in real time.
Set up for live, in-person graphic recording at a conference.
When Would I Use a Graphic Recorder?
Graphic recorders are best engaged for live events, such as meetings of varying sizes, presentations, workshops, classes, or conferences. Having the visual component appeals to multiple learning types, gains attention and interest, and improves memory retention. It also provides visual documentation of an event.
When Should I Contact you About an Event?
If you have decided you want a graphic recorder for your event, you should contact me as soon as possible. This ensures that
Digital graphic recording. The iPad screen is the top right and the recorder is the bottom right.
Time lapse video of Andrea live digital recording on an iPad for a conference on Zoom. Her iPad screen is projected as her webcam so participants can see it at any time.
Digital Graphic Recording for The Art of Hosting
This was recorded live during a Zoom discussion call around the Coronavirus pandemic. The recording was created on an iPad and projected into Zoom in place of my webcam, so that participants could see it at all times on my webcam image. The Hosts also spotlighted my video and checked in with me at the end of the call to summarize what I had captured.
Digital Graphic Recording for a NOVA Scribes online virtual event.
Recorded live during a facilitated Zoom event about digital scribing. The recording was created on an iPad and projected into Zoom in place of my webcam, so that participants could see it at all times. The facilitators also spotlighted and checked in with me at the end to discuss the experience of recording and to summarize my captu
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