Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Graphic Recording for the University of East London

I was recently asked by the School of Arts and Digital Industries at UEL to capture talks and discussion for one day during their conference on Digital Storytelling. 

The Q&A session at the end was the most provocative, with most of the panel suggesting to the audience to get out of their comfort zone, cross thresholds and invite more people in from different backgrounds and cultures.

The 'Health' topic had a lot of debate, and there were health professionals present who wanted to include storytelling in their clinical practice in order to improve patient outcomes and to share good practice.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

New Citizenship Project and Parkinson's UK

This event held in Cardiff, Wales, brought together people affected by Parkinson's in order to find out what helped empower them and make them feel part of a community.

It was very moving to hear people's stories and I was humbled by how resilient and generous the people in the room were, especially those who volunteer their time to support others, despite living with Parkinson's.

What came through repeatedly was the warmth of the local community, and how that had helped people pull through and forge new friendships.

I also learnt a word in Welsh: 'Cwtch'. There is no direct translation into English.
A cwtch is a cuddle or hug, but its other meaning is a safe place to store things, and it's a much more bear-like hug than its English counterpart!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Visual Minutes London

This was an afternoon's workshop with local stakeholders in The Living Centre, which is housed in the new Frances Crick building next to Kings Cross St Pancras, London.

It was held by Camden Council's Public Health department and is part of a three year project to tackle obesity in the ward.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Visual Minutes for Thames Valley Police

Yesterday I was working for the police in Reading, they held a world cafe for women from BME backgrounds. Questions were asked of the group and I was there to reflect the hopes and needs of the people in the room.

There was lots of discussion and ideas and hopefully from the seeds planted here, stronger bonds and relationships will grow. 

In the light of recent events these kinds of meetings are more important than ever.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Graphic Recording at a Wedding, London

I was recently commissioned to sketch live at a wedding, creating a visual narrative from the ceremony, to the reception and then into the evening speeches and party. 

It was an emotional and fun day, here's the full image (about 1 metre square) with some close-ups below.

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Lovely venue for the ceremony on the roof garden of Ham Yard Hotel:

Wishing Kate and Peppy many more years of happiness together!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Illustrations for Leeds University

Some continuing experiments in the virtual world using my new Ipad Pro (whoop!).

As the subject is all about performance and scoping audiences, I felt compelled to get a David Bowie reference in there, see if you can spot it...

hard to miss really...

This has been fun - I'd recommend it for honing down your ideas and sharing them post-event, or if you're trying to spice up a report or research project - anything where you're trying to engage people and share your ideas!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Audience Research Project - Leeds Uni

I suggested that I illustrate this conference post-event because there was a limited budget, so have been sent a list of bright ideas that I'm working through and sketching 'remotely'.

I've been taking my time and using this project to learn how to use my new iPad Pro, have to say it's a revelation!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Anatomy of an NHS poster

I'm showing this as an example of how the creative process becomes more of a collaboration when there is the time and energy to do it!

This story stared in February when I was asked to draw an image as part of this inaugural award:

I started sketching out ideas from a written and spoken brief. The theme of 'patient as partner' was very much central to the winning team's working methods. 

 After further conversations about the sketch, I then work it up into a more 'understandable' version, using the idea of the marathon and three peaks as part of the journey as well as various touch points throughout the patient journey, as well as the two converging paths of hospital staff and patients:

We then discussed this further, the team discussed it both internally and then also showed it to patients to get their input. This was integral to their project which is all about patient participation. Quite a lot was removed and colour was added, there were logos that needed space and certain images were replaced.

After this feedback had been digested, a final version was created, and tweaked, and this was the end result:

The A3 poster and A5 flyers will now be used to spread the word about the efficacy of the 'Prepare for Surgery' project and the positive outcomes for patients as a result of them being fully involved in their cancer treatment.

I was very glad to have been able to work on such a meaningful and worthwhile project. Thanks to Eleanor Beer for the referral and to Rachel Matthews at Imperial College and the Prepare team at St Mary's Hospital, London.

For more on the project please watch this short film: