Live Graphic Recording
Visual Note-taking for Conferences, Workshops, Virtual and Hybrid Events!
*Now booking for events in March 2024*
I enjoy working in a wide range of styles and finding the one that fits best
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Graphic Recording ・ Scribing ・ Sketchnoting ・ Visual Notes ・ Live Illustration
What is Graphic Recording
/ Live Illustration?
Graphic Recording is the real-time translation of events and conversations into a visual map.
I join events either online or in-person, to synthesize and illustrate the information I hear! My goal is to capture, arrange, and connect the key ideas in ways that are creative, witty, and logical.
Every event is different and I always make sure to tailor the style of these Visual Notes to your content and to your audience.
Virtual Graphic Recording
Booking a Graphic Recorder to illustrate your event offers so many benefits!
Engaging and memorable event
These hand-drawn visuals make any in-person, hybrid, or virtual event far more engaging and memorable
Summarizes Key Takeaways
Many of us are visual learners and, by capturing the key takeaways, these graphics help participants remember what took place at the event
The visual summaries can be used long after the meeting to inspire and to continue conversations. In some cases we create wonderful infographics based around these visual summaries
Easy and Effective Sharing
Thanks to this visual documentation, the event will live on as the final piece is shared with those who were present, everyone on social media
Visual Event Summaries
Another unique way of capturing your event is to create a Visual Summary of an entire Conference Day!
This Live Illustration was created for an NHS Event, the Sharing Good Practice Festival held by the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. I was invited to create a Visual Summary throughout the conference so that it could be revealed at the end of the day.
How do we plan for a Live Illustration event?We can prepare together to create a successful event experience! Before the event, we'll schedule a call to Review the background, our objectives, and who the attendees are Walk through the agenda (if we have one) and align on our plan for the sessions - what we will listen for, the key takeaways, and what success looks like Discuss your preferred style, brand colors, logos, and any specific imagery to capture or to avoid Explore the audio-visual setup and display options for both hybrid and virtual events
What's included in the Graphic Recording package?This service includes everything needed for a successful Live Event Visualization! Pre-event planning calls A Branded Digital Template Developing the visual style that suits your event and message A technical rehearsal prior to the event Digital Graphic Recording for the duration of the program, using your own vibrant colors Optional screen-sharing during the event - as it unfolds or at the end of the day The polished graphics in both high-resolution and low-resolution are provided within 24 hours, so you can send them out in a follow-up email or share on social media A round of edits is included in the quote, so that you can go through the graphic and suggest changes before receiving the final version
How much does Graphic Recording cost?Event rates for Live Scribing / Graphic Recording currently range from £700 to £1800 The cost will vary depending on many factors, such as the number of sessions to capture, whether the event is remote or in-person, and if it's to be captured in real-time or from a recording Virtual Graphic Recording can cut costs significantly compared to in-person, as we can skip all the costs associated with travelling to the event (especially when they're overseas!) I'm happy to chat and together we can try find the best approach that serves your event within the scope of your budget
Can I request a Quick Quote for Live Graphic Recording?Absolutely! In order to give you a quote, I'll need to know a little about what you’re looking for and how many sessions you'd like recorded. My rates are flexible to reflect the nature of the event and various factors, such as: Number of hours to Graphic Record Remote or in-person event Illustration (the latter includes travel costs) Capturing in real-time or from a recording Combining with other graphic projects supporting the event
What is the difference between Graphic Recording, Scribing, Visual Note-taking, and Live Illustration?To be honest, not much! It's such a niche profession, we do it in many ways, and have many names for it Graphic Recording and Scribing are one and the same, the former is more common in the US and Canada, while the latter is commonly used in the UK Some of us prefer to call what we do Visual Note-taking or Live Illustration. I personally believe these are easier to understand for those who have never heard of it Visual Facilitation may cover Graphic Recording, but generally means a more interactive approach - when we help design or lead a workshop with visual tools So don't worry, these are all used interchangeably!
Can we create Live Illustrations based on Recordings of an event?Has your event already taken place, but you'd like a Visual Summary of the key ideas? No worries - if you have an audio or video recording of the main sessions or talks, I can absolutely work with that! All the Visual Notes above can be created based on audio or video recordings as well and the costs may be reduced, as the timing is more flexible!
Can I decide on the content of this Visual Summary?If you'd like to decide on the exact content that goes into the graphic, that's also an option! Let's build it together! Visit my infographics page to see examples of that type of visual collaboration!
Where can we use Graphic Recording and Live Illustration?Live Illustration is a great solution for any in-person, hybrid, or online event! Graphic Recording during big Corporate Events, Conferences, Congresses... Keynote speeches Customer Events Product Launch Events Capturing Roundtable sessions Panel Discussions Fireside Chats Q & A sessions Customer Events Product Launch Events Internal Events, Leadership and Board Meetings, Team-building Workshops Visualising Purpose, Values, and Work Culture Sessions Journey Mapping Strategy Design Sessions Breakout room discussions and outputs Other Special Events Research Presentations Universities Graduations (with Keynotes) Award shows Coaching Sessions or Workshops
I need a Live Illustrator for a conference held in London next week. Is that possible?Ideally, we need a couple of weeks to prepare for Live Illustration, especially if the Conference is in person and requires travelling. The service generally includes a Creative Planning Call, a Branded Digital Template, and a Technical Rehearsal prior to the event, and these all contribute to the overall success of the event visualization! That's not to say it's not possible, especially if you happen to get in touch at the right time - so send me a message and we'll explore our options!
Would you be willing to travel to the USA to be our Graphic Recorder at our Conference in San Francisco?If you'd like me to travel to the US and are happy to cover my travel expenses, I'm there! Many of my clients are from the States, as that's where my Graphic Recording business started. Thankfully, Virtual Graphic Recording has allowed us to continue our creative collaboration, even when travelling isn't an option, as I can now join to Graphic Record conferences based in the States from anywhere in the world.
Are you the right Live Illustrator/ Graphic Recorder for my event?I might be the Live Illustrator for you, if you love the Live Illustrations showcased on my website wish to choose from various visual styles and see which one serves your message the best are looking for beautiful Digital Illustrations with vibrant colours and artistic touches want high quality and polished artworks to take away after your event try to support small businesses appreciate the flexibility of tailoring Live Illustration projects to your budget value real human connection in your partnerships need the process to feel easy and enjoyable
How does Virtual Graphic Recording work? Can the Illustrator join my event via Zoom?Whether your event is online, hybrid, or in person, as long as you have a computer and reliable internet, we should have no problem setting up for a Virtual Graphic Recording! I'm able to share my canvas directly to your Zoom screen (just like we would share a Presentation) and to share my screen with your attendees in the room, you'll just have to connect the computer to the projector! At it's simplest form, we can set up a virtual meeting (Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, etc.) and set the computer up to make sure the speakers are audible. Does this sound too complicated? No worries, it's easier done than said. That is why we usually have a brief technical rehearsal before the event! Although I've had many successful Graphic Recording sessions on Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and other online event platforms, Zoom has proven to be the most reliable one when it comes to high quality screen sharing during Live Illustration.
How long does it take to create an Infographic?Creating a Strategic Visual is a form of Visual Facilitation and Collaboration. Depending on the number of meetings and feedback rounds we have, the process can take as little as 1 week up to 4 weeks from start to finish.
How much does an Illustrated Infographic cost?The pricing of these types of visual summaries is flexible, as they can be tailored to suit your budget! Some of the key factors which will influence pricing are... The length and the source of information - e.g., conversations or written documents The number, size, and format of the graphics The type of artwork (e.g., fully vectorized or raster art) and the preferred art style Your organisation - discounted rates for returning clients :D
Do I get to pick the style of the Infographic?By all means! Choosing the style that fits your brand (and personal taste) the most is a really fun part of the process! As you may have noticed on my site, I work in many styles, from stick figures and cartoons, to elaborate artistic scenes! We can even develop a brand new visual style for your project. Anything is possible. Let me know what you've got in mind and we'll get started on making it happen!
Can we use my brand colors in an Infographic?Of course, the ability to use brand colors is a great advantage of working digitally! You can provide the hex codes, logos, the complete brand guidelines, and I'll make sure to follow them!
What is a Strategic Visual?Strategic Visuals are graphics we build together that help simplify your message and solve complex challenges. They align teams on their Strategy, Journey, Values, etc. and help to communicate all of this in simple and effective ways! We sometimes elicit the information during meetings and workshops, other times by summarizing and distilling information from various conversations and documents. Some examples of Strategic Visuals are Journey Mapping Purpose or Goal Visualisation Values Graphics Strategy Design
Why should I go with a hand-drawn Infographic / Visual Summary?Although we can create simple Infographics based on existing templates, they're unlikely to stand out or make a lasting impact. The world is competing for our attention, and these days, perhaps more than ever, a real human touch is invaluable in getting our message out! The many hours of creativity and attention shine through from the graphics we co-create, and we humans feel the difference. We work to distil and translate your complex messages with the people you want to reach in mind, and the result is a truly unique, beautiful, and logical Visual Summary.
Why create a Visual for your Strategy?You've worked hard to put the Strategy together, and it's time to share it with the Stakeholders... How can we make absolutely certain they will read, understand, and appreciate your work? A Strategic Visual allows you to simplify a complex document, conversation, recording, or event, into a Visual Summary to share with your stakeholders. We can take dense materials and transform them into something more visually appealing and widely accessible. Another often unexpected benefit of creating a Strategy Visual is when the process itself sheds light on missing parts or inconsistencies in the strategic plan! By the time we complete a graphic, we've often redesigned it a few times along the way. Furthermore, if you've experienced the importance of writing lists and visualizing goals, imagine what this can achieve on an organisational level!
How will your background in Organizational Leadership help us as we build these Strategic Visuals?Visual Thinking is a powerful tool in solving complex business challenges, especially combined with a background in Organizational Leadership! As we build these Strategic Visuals together, we look at the challenges from a fresh perspective. I hold an MA in Organizational Leadership from Buffalo, New York, where I gained extensive knowledge and experience in the following areas of study: Systems Thinking Organizational Leadership: Theory and Practice Organizational Behavior Problem Solving and Critical Decision Making Leadership Interactions: Teams, Coaches, & Mentors Finance & Accounting for Leaders Diversity and Multiculturalism Leadership & Technology The two years I spent immersing myself in the topics above often prove to be invaluable in my Graphic Facilitation work, and I've been building on those solid foundations ever since.
Would your content benefit from something different?
Artistic Ways of Capturing
I am occasionally given complete artistic freedom where I get to focus on the feelings and the energy of a conversation and portray it in my own unique, personal style.
Here's what that can look like!