How to use your listening, thinking, and drawing skills to make meaning.
Visual communication can be daunting. Most people don’t learn the foundations in school. Even if you go to art school, you may know how to draw, paint or make stuff. But you still may not know how to take this skills and utilize them in a business context.
Brandy breaks it all down in this book. She isolates the design aspects you need to effectively record conversations and provide visual overview for meetings and events.
Do you have what it takes to be a graphic recorder?
Early in the book, Brandy lists out the success factors for being a successful graphic recorder. Later she defines the language and skills you’d be using.
I am not a graphic recorder. While I have most of the skills required, my brain likes to gather lots of data and think about it before creating visuals. I’m just too reflective to be able to get the visuals down in real time. Even so, there is a lot of value in the book for me. It helps me understand the factors that make for other types of visuals like slides and flipcharts. It delves deeply into the most important elements to think about.
The Principles of Graphic Facilitation
The bulk of the book are the Principles of Graphic Faciliation
- In the Room
She breaks down each part and clearly describes how you can use each principle to be more successful. Of course there are illustrations through out to help us see clearly exactly how to apply each idea.
Her section on drawing gives you a basic visual vocabulary that anyone can do. Really. If you can write and make simple marks on the page you can do these drawings. It’s a fantastic reference to pick up so you don’t have to think about how to draw something – it’s right there on the page.
(Real artists use references all the time! You can too.)
Other reasons I like this book
The book is well thought out through out. Brandy really covers what you need to know to communicate more effectively using visuals. Graphic recording uses a lot of words. Oftentimes the visual parts are the organizing structures. I think this must be why Brandy is so good at it. She breathes structure and organization and makes it look effortless.
If you’d like a really deep dive into graphic recording, Brandy is offering The Lab. It’s a small group concentrated learning experience, sure to accelerate your skills. I saw the results her students got after the last class and was really impressed. The next session is January 7-9, 2012 in Chicago. As of this posting, she’s only got 2 spaces left.