Graphic recording, visual facilitation, sketchnoting, scribing, mind-mapping, and generative scribing are all names for the work that pairs words and images to facilitate groups. Want to learn more about it’s history? Here are four articles by leaders in the field: Kelvy Bird, David Sibbet, Christina Merkely and Susan Kelly.
A useful article from some of the rockstars of graphic recording.
Looking to try your hand at visual note-taking? Starting your first “graphic recording,” as we sometimes call it, can be intimidating. But there are so many reasons to start taking notes visually. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, an executive, or a non-profit manager, everyone can benefit from communicating and sharing ideas more effectively. Read more here.
Sometimes meetings go fast, there's lots of discussion, and the most important thing is to capture the words of the participants. But if you're looking for an organized document to use as a reference for future discussions, I can edit documents in Photoshop. Here's an example of how I cleaned up a graphic recording after the fact.
Many companies like Grasshopper are relying on these cartoonish doodles to help kindle ideas during meetings. It might seem silly, but these sorts of visuals are effective in brainstorming, says Martin Eppler, professor of media and communication management at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. "We've found in our experiments that using visuals during meetings creates more ideas, creates better ideas, and increases recall," he says.