Graphic Recording - capturing the BIG ideas
Graphic Recording (also known as graphic summaries, visual minutes, scribble & sketchnotes) are rich visual notes made by a mix of handwriting, visual elements and drawings.
All too often, what comes out of meetings are highly detailed, text-only minutes that no one bothers reading afterwards.
In graphic recording the focus is on capturing the BIG ideas;
- highlighting the key elements,
- capturing interesting quotes, and
- expressing concepts
Verbal and visual concepts are coded together by the brain improving understanding, memory and recall.
Hearing + Seeing + Thinking + Drawing = Graphic recording
Graphic recording are made real-time in a physical or virtually setting using either pen & paper or a tablet & stylus.
Graphic recordings are fun and engaging and will make events stand out of the crowd.
Makes conferences, summits, or workshop memorable and gives it a life after the lights have been turned off.
Each graphic recording are unique and can be customized to brand colors and CVI.
Do you want to try out graphic recording?
Here are 5 steps to get you going:
- What is the topic?
- What is the agenda?
- Who is speaking?
- Who is the organizer and audience?
- What colors and logos may be relevant?
- What images relate to the topic?
- Have the materials you will need at hand: remember to charge, bring backup tips and backup pen
- Set up your digital canvas or paper:
decide on format and layout
- Make an invisible grid to organize the canvas by agenda items so everything will fit in
- White the title, names of the presenter(s) and draw logos if relevant
- Chose one or two handwriting fonts you want to use for headlines and text
- Use bullets, arrows and dividers to improve readability and show connections
- Use placeholders to organize text
- Do not underestimate white space
LISTEN & SYNTHESIZE
- Concentrate: eliminate & filter distractions
- Listen for information that stands out or
tells a story
- Pay attention to patterns and visualize connections
- Draw the images that appear in your head while you listen to underline and highlight themes and concepts
- Highlight content and use color strategically
DOCUMENT & SHARE
- Sign your work
- Add the date if relevant
- Photgraph or scan your graphic recording
- Send by email, print and hang it, upload to intraweb, or post on SoMe