Graphic recording uses hand-drawn images, words and color to help people see what they talk about. From TEDTalks to personal sketch notes, visuals are increasingly seen as a valuable part of gathering information.
I'm Amy Sparks. I learned about the value of using visuals with groups a few years ago. A friend told me about the field of visual facilitation and I was hooked.
I've worked in a variety of settings - with corporations that want to increase learning by incorporating graphic recording into learning sessions, with community groups wanting to document important conversations, and with nonprofits wanting to tell their story. Working together, we generate a piece that helps clarify a conversation, simplify a work plan, or tell a story. It's a productive way to work (and fun too!).
Using a combination of images and words, visual recordings can capture the spirit and essence of a gathering. Adding images helps memory, engagement and understanding (and just makes things more fun!). If you would like help conducting or recording your meetings, we can work together to create visual processes that help keep meetings on track, focus conversation and build consensus.
Do you want to tell your story in a creative and compelling way? You can showcase an organization's history or present survey data visually as a way to generate conversation, elicit stories and demonstrate success.
I live and work in the fabulous Minneapolis-St. Paul area and grew up in Chicago. I've years of experience in nonprofit management and community organizing. My grad degree was counseling psychology and I spent some time as an illustrator. I've done coursework in visual processes (graphic facilitation, scribing, and visual recording). For fun, I've done a few yarn-bombed bikes and spend too much time on Pinterest.