Archive for “July, 2014”

What is your visual metaphor?

Pictures speak louder than words. One picture is worth a thousand words. Picture it! These phrases and many more like them are part of our daily speech and zeitgeist.

How do we put them into practice? Especially in the organisational context? Visual thinking within groups, teams and entire companies has become a new paradigm. Major global corporations and small start ups are engaging visually. Picture what I am saying is becoming a norm. Continue Reading…

Scribing Magic in British Airways inflight magazine

 

British Gas – Graphic Recording illustration detail

A section of one of John Ashton’s graphic recordings.

Both Scribing Magic and Meeting Magic are featured in Picture This by Sorrel Downer with illustrations by Neil Webb in the July 2014 issue of British Airways inflight magazine Business Life. John Ashton was interviewed for the piece.

The article is an engaging and accurate description of both graphic facilitation and graphic recording for meetings. We recommend the read and hope you find it stimulating. We are happy to help with any graphic recording, illustrations, animations, cartooning or visual communications projects you have coming up. Give us a shout to talk about what you read in the article or best meeting solutions for your organisation.

Your content. Your picture.

You spend a lot of time, effort and resources communicating your messages throughout your organisation. When we scribe your meetings we are actively listening for your key messages and organising them into your visual story. The visual story becomes part of your content. The content of your meeting is yours.

The picture, or visual story, or storymap, that we create with you is also yours. You own it. The icons and images are a part of your lexicon or library of communications. These visuals support your content communications.

There is a trend among some scribes or visualizers to own the images they create as if they are their personal work of art. Scribing Magic does not hold this point of view. We believe we scribe in service to the client and what we create with you is yours. Therefore, you own the copyright and can use the charts or storymaps how you want to. We are happy to manage having them printed and providing high resolution scans for you. But you own them. They are your content.

It is an important question to ask scribes. “Who owns the copyright on the charts created in our meetings?” The consequence of not holding the copyright can lead to a financial impact if you determine you want additional copies printed in any size or format.

We believe you hold the copyright. Give us a shout. We are happy to discuss this with you.

 

 

Video scribing.

Video scribing seems to be the ‘in’ term these days. What it is is animations using various forms of capture software or media to help tell a story. In our case it is for telling stories within companies or organisations to help drive communications across various stakeholders. Leaders can communicate effectively and impactfully by telling their key stories in media that their employees engage with.

We know that 65% of us are visual learners. We also know that Gen Y and youthful staff enjoy visual and active stimulation as a way to engage and learn. So the smart thing is to engage all of these folks with tools they understand. White papers, slide decks, key note speakers and some of the, can I say this, ‘older’ forms of communicating may not be the best options.

At Scribing Magic we have been engaging visually for 15 years (including our co-brand Meeting Magic). We scribe real time, f2f, in live meetings. We scribe in virtual or remote meetings. We scribe in animations, or video scribing. We scribe with cartoons, illustrations and caricatures. Scribing Magic has many tools to support your visual communication needs. Contact us to review your comms needs and how we can support your comms goals.

Scribing Magic team members are steeped in business language and the importance of one meeting for the whole organisation.

How to find a good graphic recorder.

Finding people who can draw is not difficult. Finding people who draw in a business environment or business meeting is a little more challenging. Finding a high-quality graphic recorder, or scribe, who understands the business of business, can listen for the critical information that needs to be retained by the group, and knows that the visual output of the meeting exists is in service of the group…well, that’s a bigger challenge. Continue Reading…

If music is the art of thinking in sound, then scribing is the art of thinking in pictures.

Katherine Woods #