All posts in “Graphic Recording Techniques”

In the process of trying to identify things we are looking at, our brains will close incomplete shapes and patterns.

Gestalt Theory #

What word sums up high-quality graphic recording?

There is a lot of focus within the graphic recording community about what constitutes good recording and what do we call ourselves and what do we really offer our clients. These are all important conversations and we support those discussions. That said, I helped train Meeting Magic’s Advanced Facilitation workshop these past few days. Interestingly, none of those topics came up from our clients. But there was one word we kept hearing and talking about.

Complexity! Continue Reading…

Our eyes are inclined to follow lines and curves. If objects are along paths then we perceive a larger construct and also a sense of movement.

Gestalt Theory #

Happy new year (early!) or How to have a good 2015 by learning from 2014

It’s a little over 10 weeks to the end of 2014 and the beginning of the new year. It will be here sooner than you think!

Looking back over 2014 you have probably achieved and shared a lot. Now is the traditional time to gaze back over those achievements and shared experiences in order to take your learning forward and to imbed those into your plans for 2015. Or, if you have completed your plans for next year consider how to imbed your learning into the actions you have committed to so you can achieve even more. Your 2014 offers a rich source of information waiting to be looked at in a new way. Continue Reading…

The more objects resemble each other, the more they will assemble.

Gestalt Theory #

When to practice graphic recording?

One question we get all the time is “how can I practice my graphic recording skills when I am so busy?” We understand ‘busy’ and we know that practicing is what makes a good recorder. Practicing is an ongoing commitment of a good recorder.

The image above is a simple example by Katherine Woods. Our full team was on our weekly virtual call. This call was a graphic training opportunity, which we do regularly together to give feedback on recently completed graphics from client meetings to learn what worked and what might need some attention for future sessions. Katherine was not the virtual graphic recorder, one of our other team members had that role for this meeting.

And yet, Katherine took the opportunity to practice her own recording by creating her own chart of the virtual conversation being recorded by one of our team members. Katherine recorded it in her style at her desk on paper. Doing her own recording of our virtual meeting kept her engaged and she was able to practice her already ample skills.

We believe you have to practice all the time at every chance you get in order to master graphic recording. Once you have your basic skills you can build on them by practicing, and then have others feedback what works and what needs attention. Give us a shout to learn more about learning and how to practice.

The closer objects are to each other, the more likely they will form a larger whole.

Gestalt Theory #

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.