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Graphic Recording / Graphic Harvesting

A creative service for dynamic events

My number one reason for getting into trouble in school was the fairly innocent crime of doodling in the edges of my notebooks. I would use up every bit of space in the margins with drawings – notes to myself; shapes; lines; and colour. Sometimes this visual note-taking would be met with a sharp telling off; sometimes I’d be made to re-write everything again, with no drawings in sight. I might not have known it then, but what I was doing was enhancing my own learning – helping myself to focus on key information and retain it for longer.

Graphic recording is a magic way of bringing information to life. The recorder (also known as a harvester) creates visuals that tell the story of an event, live – the insightful quotes and the fresh learnings. This can be a great way to help attendees, particularly if just like me they are visual learners (and 65% of us are, according to the Social Science Research Network!)

I have experience with graphic recording in two different ways, digitally and on paper, at both Irish and international events. While in-person work is not an option at the moment, online events are still taking place and are ideal for digital harvesting. I’d be more than happy to chat to you about what you have in mind.

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Document

Keynote speakers; Discussion groups; Feedback sessions – Whatever the format of your day, I can work to capture its essence in a creative way, by visually mapping the day’s learnings.

The large scale artwork produced on the day is also yours to keep after the event, as a reminder for display and as proof of the event’s outcomes.

Engage

Capture the imagination of delegates as they see the ideas of the day brought to life in front of them. Attendees often take photographs to refer to later or post to their own social channels. These drawings do provide an element of theatre but are definitely not just for show – they engage the visual learners in the room, as well as being a catalyst for meaningful conversations.

Impact

Leave your attendees with key takeaways that will stick with them long after the buzz from the day is over.

Extend the reach post-event with custom digital pieces to compliment the discussions, made to your requirements.

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Ruth Graham is a deft, perceptive illustrator with a huge flair for mood and message. She designs for a diverse book of national clients working across sectors such as the arts, education, enterprise and tourism.

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