Friday, 2 March 2018

Sustainability Wall, NEC, Birmingham. Live Visual Minutes

This was, on the face of it just another trade fair, subject: packaging.

But team that up with an energetic and passionate debate on plastics, and stir in the mix of supermarkets, politics and packaging manufacturers - and something altogether different, and more interesting happens.

Debate, discussion, strong emotions, questions like: how can we continue like this? (answer: we can't!)

It was great to be a part of this event and get involved in the debate.

Thanks to Caroline Chapple for asking me to do the job.

Thanks to Leo Johnson for the wonderful fish-eye photograph.

And I got to squeeze in a Womble! See below:

Graphic Recording London

Sometimes I'm asked to very dynamic and interactive meetings, that somehow don't reach their target.

When there are no conclusions or actions at a meeting a graphic recording can show this very clearly, with the large amount of blank space in the 'actions' section.

I was asked whether this discouraged the people at the meeting, but no, they were going to used the blank spaces as the starting point for their next meeting!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Storytelling and Comics

I've been trying to learn more about storytelling and comics and so late last year I did a really excellent short 'Comics' course at the Royal Drawing School run by the wonderful Emily Haworth-Booth:

During the course I developed this short story inspired by my grandmother, Doris Fenner.

Bespoke Illustrations

These images were commissioned by a client who has been using them for workshops, in order to communicate their ideas more clearly to a global audience.

Bespoke illustrations like these can be very effective for clients, especially if they are created together collaboratively. Do get in touch if you have a project in mind!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Happy Christmas!

Wishing everyone who's reading, a hugely enjoyable Christmas, and all the wonders that a new year can bring! Hope it's a good one for you and yours.

This year Christmas is going to the dogs...

Graphic Recording, north London

This was a workshop held by Healthwatch, to consult with the local community in Enfield to gather ideas and feed back to healthcare providers which services to bring closer to home. 

Top subjects were mental health services and blood tests, but there were a spread of other subjects and a very vocal deaf community who demanded access to information - as without this people aren't getting the support they need.

The Exchange Network - poster design

This was a collaborative piece illustrated to share a brilliant idea: let's pool the shared knowledge of patients, clinicians, researchers and carers. 

The group meet regularly to cross-examine and raise their awareness, and ultimately to improve patient care. Inspiring work!

On 28th November, this won best poster at The National Institute for Health Research's conference: Involve 21.