If you are doing your own graphic recording for your meetings we have a simple rule to help you out. Keep it simple! Don’t complicate it because you want it to look pretty or you want to make sure your drawings are good. Keep it simple because it’s about the conversations in your meetings.
To keep it simple focus on your writing, use of colour, how to use lines and blank space. Those three skills will serve you very well. You can add icons and flow arrows and pictures as you feel more skilled. Meeting graphic recording is about serving the meeting delegates / participants, not serving your needs to draw.
Work on your writing skills. Use block lettering but learn to do it quickly. Work on uppercase and lowercase writing. Also, it is very important to learn to draw in straight lines on a horizontal plane. (If you want to bring attention to a word or two, but not many more in one chart, write it at a diagonal.) Lettering and case are key to helping meeting delegates see what they have said. Keep it simple.
Colour is useful to help the eye distinguish information and find similar information. Use basic colours like royal blue, deep purple, forest green, and wood brown for text. Use orange and red to highlight or draw attention. Yellow is hard to see at a distance so use it to add emphasis with start bursts or bright-light highlights. In lists, alternate colours for each line of the list. Our eyes are designed to find similar colours so you can group words on the page using colour. (Remember that a certain percentage of people have colour blindness. These tend to be in the green-brown and red-brown spectra but there can be others.)
Lines can be used to underline for emphasis, link similar ideas and thoughts, separate ideas from disparate thoughts, and create spaces. Heavy lines are more visible but lighter lines are also seen by the eye to help distinguish information. Try different line thicknesses and qualities.
Too much information on a chart or page can overwhelm and therefore push delegates away. Open spaces or white space invites people into the information or provides a place for the eye to rest. Create small white spaces for thinking to happen. For eyes to rest. For eyes to separate information. To group information. Explore the white space because it can be a powerful way to help groups process information.
A lot to learn for those who graphically record meetings. We are happy to assist you in learning graphic recording skills and applying those skills in your meetings. Practice in your weekly meetings. In your more critical meetings considering bringing us in to graphic record for you, as a way to observe and learn. We are always happy to support others learning graphic recording skills.