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Guest post: Tiare Jung for Drawing Change

Today, I’m thrilled to bring you a guest post by emerging graphic recorder Tiaré Jung. Tiaré has been working on fantastic projects with Drawing Change this year. Enjoy these insights into graphic recording as a tool for change! – Sam

Tiaré Jung

In 2016, I was thrilled to begin working with Drawing Change as a graphic recorder, with Sam Bradd as my mentor. I have worked as a facilitator and graphic artist for 7+ years and it is exciting to combine these skills to offer a dynamic tool.

In this guest post, I will share a few samples about how I use graphic recording: I make images that draw connections between people and ideas. I’ve noticed that reflecting group processes, right in front of people, enables individuals to better build off the group energy and feel excited about the impact of their work. I also like to work with clients to create images for their meetings. Instead of drawing live with graphic recording, I work in my studio to create posters. This gives the client an engaging framework and also helps them meet their goals.

A sample of highlights from 2016 include capturing a panel discussion for CBC Radio 1, engaging community members at a City of Edmonton’s open house consultation, and preparing a poster for the Elizabeth Fry Society to orient staff.

Panel Discussion with CBC Radio: live graphic recording


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by Tiaré Jung for Drawing Change

CBC Radio 1 recently hosted their 30th annual food bank drive. Since 2008, food bank use in British Columbia has risen by 30%. CBC Radio hosted a panel discussion with a government representative, community members, and professionals who work in food banks, food security, and poverty reduction. The panel addressed, “how does such a wealthy province come to have 99 food banks,” and what changes would end poverty and increase quality of life for all British Columbians.

And, CBC Radio made a timelapse video:


My role was to reflect a variety of perspectives from the panelists. The moderator asked a question, I listened to the panelists respond and organized their ideas on my 7 foot by 4 foot poster. I created a visual map that follows the non-linear conversation to create transparency and understanding of a complex issue. The CBC featured my work online and in this video.

Public Consultation with City of Edmonton

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by Tiaré Jung for Drawing Change

The Coliseum in Edmonton is the former home of hockey championship games, rich with the nostalgia of the Edmonton Oilers and their victories. With a new hockey arena in Rogers Place, the Coliseum is open for repurposing. The City hosted a consultation to explore diverse community needs and desires. 


Tiaré Jung for Drawing Change

After participants visited different stations prompting them to imagine what the new Coliseum could be used for, they arrive at my canvas. Myself and a collaborator from the City of Edmonton asked, what is your vision for the Coliseum? We prompted community members to imagine the possibilities, and grouped their responses with other sets of common values. The graphic recording summarizes how they might use the space. When participants view the entire canvas, they can resonate with others’ ideas, or see different interests. The  image is a mural of ideas and a summary of visioning and next steps.

Elizabeth Fry Society: Training Poster, drawn in studio

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by Tiaré Jung for Drawing Change

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) provides support for socially excluded women and girls faced with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. To meet a gap of resources, EFry is designing a site in Surrey that will include shelters, housing, and health care services. I created this poster to interface between the women and children being served and the health care providers training to support them. The women were invited to participate in a consultation. Using the feedback they provided in the consultation, I created a poster to train and orient healthcare staff to the experiences, needs, and desires of their clients. Health care professionals have the opportunity to learn about their clients and approach their work with context and cultural sensitivity.  I featured women with brown skin and a variety of radicalized features based on the knowledge that over 1/3 of the clients are Aboriginal. The poster is a platform for those whose voices are marginalized to share stories, while protecting their confidentiality and vulnerability.

I’m excited about 2017, and what new graphic recording projects are ahead! Do you think images could help your event or project? Get in touch with Drawing Change at drawingchange.com. 


Graphic Recording is truly global

In 2016, I saw the power of graphic recording and graphic facilitation around the world first-hand. Visuals help people connect, find belonging, and work on urgent problems. And visuals are now a global approach.

In Tanzania, I worked for three days in a tent with zoonotic disease researchers:


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And it was a good thing I learned a lot about rabies and One Health, because the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) invited me for graphic recording in Bangkok, Thailand for a conference on veterinarian education:

OIE Conference on Veterinarian Education graphic recording sam bradd

The visuals at the conference, with 180 delegates from 90 countries, were a huge hit on social media and online afterwards. Thailand was stunning (and delicious):


I returned to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization for a second time, this time about Yellow Fever. 

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The urgent discussion was so inspiring, that I gladly donated a custom graphic recording illustration to the Global Health and Diplomacy magazine on a related topic.

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And then joined the OIE for the 4th Annual conference on animal welfare in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“After three days of fruitful discussions, the 430 participants of the 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal welfare representing more than 100 countries have endorsed a range of recommendations:”


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We wanted these graphic recording posters to stand out from the June session, so I created a different icon for each session:

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Not the usual weather for me at Christmas!

It’s a true privilege to be able to go where I’m needed. I also spent a lot of time this year working closely with Indigenous organizations across Turtle Island. From Tl’etinqox territories to Fort William First Nation, I heard and visualized stories of resilience, wellness, economic development, and reconciliation in the justice system.



As a white person working with Indigenous communities, working in partnership and capacity building is important to me, and so I’m teaching and mentoring this year.  Read more about my approach to visuals using cultural safety in this 4-part blog series, in our book on Visual Practice.

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And speaking of our new book – it’s out in the world now! We’ve shipped it to all sorts of far-flung places, which is exciting, and it’s started many conversations which is even more exciting. With 27 chapters and 25 contributors, it was a great opportunity to gather with colleagues online and in person, advance the graphic facilitation field, and spread visual thinking even further.

This new global collaboration by Gestalten on graphic recording looks fantastic:


Visuals help people tap into their creativity, too. People email me photos of the first time they drew during a work meeting from halfway around the world, and also share their students’ projects (thank you twitter). I love seeing what inspires you.

Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings for our visual practitioner community!


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Illustrations for the YMCA’s strategic plan

YMCA illustrated strategic plan visuals illustration Here’s a great idea to make your strategic plan an evergreen document – make sure people see it every day! I created these illustrations for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver‘s strategic plan, and then Signi Solmundson (VP Marketing and Communications) creatively printed them on a planter, so people could centre the strategic plan plan right on their desk.

The project: Demonstrate the Y’s strategic plan for 2015-2017 to community, stakeholders, and leaders.

The solution: Unique illustrations for the 2015-2017 strategic plan, including a hand-lettered diagram, custom vector illustrations, and icons.

The result: A truly evergreen document that fosters engagement. The illustrations have just enough detail that you can see something new each time – encouraging people to look at the images and poster, pick up the report, and return to the concepts over and over.

The drawing process: Folks are usually curious about my process, so I thought I’d share. When I work live doing graphic recording, I always use paper and markers. But in-studio I have more options, including digital tools. I’ve always wanted to bring watercolour and infographic-like design together, and this project gave me just the right opportunity I wanted. The hand lettering was drawn digitally, and the watercolour background was done by hand. The digital illustrations were drawn directly into the computer using my Wacom tablet.

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Trending- better conference design and visual facilitation

I want you to have better meetings. I’ve noticed a trend for better engagement at conferences, and want this idea to spread. Instead of back-to-back powerpoint presentations where people have to sit and listen for hours, it’s popular to have is a 15 – 30 minute TED-talk presentation followed by pairs or small groups talking about a focussed question. It creates a high energy buzz in a short amount of time with pairs or group work. Graphic recording is another great addition, and it’s important to make choices about what your specific event needs.

Engage participants, don't ask them to sit for a full morning
Engage participants, don’t ask them to sit for a full morning

Trend: shorter presentations plus reflection

Shorter presentations plus visuals keep people focused. We don’t lose the impact of the presentations, and importantly, participants don’t lose the opportunity to connect with each other. And you’re not standing between people and their lunch. It’s very simple: after a presentation give people a chance to reflect. Ask them to turn to the person next to them and share their first impressions for 5-6 minutes. The room will buzz with many conversations, bringing the energy up. Alternatively, small groups can be great for diving deeper, between 15-30 minutes depending on the question. Group work questions can be a simple ‘what now what next’ reflective question or a chance to explore challenges and opportunities. If you do need an open mic, which at their worst can be off-topic completely, starting off the room with a focussed question works better.


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There’s at least three choices about graphic recording keynotes

Graphic recording Choices

As a facilitator and graphic recorder, I always ask the teams I work with what will work best for them after the meeting. We need to design with their needs in mind, not what will look best for a poster. It’s process over product for me.

Here’s a sample of how I make choices about graphically recording keynotes and group report outs. I can record the keynote on the left, and leave space on the right-hand side for questions from the audience. This highlights how the audience responded to the presentation. The second way is to use a separate poster for the question-and-answer. Be prepared to work fast – but it keeps the integrity of the presentation on one page so there’s a full record of what the keynote said, which is great for a high profile speaker. The third way is to record the keynote and then weave in any extra key insights into the existing image, deepening the context as needed. Some events benefit where the audience can see how their points directly connect to the speaker’s ideas.

Will the report out be used as part of strategic planning? There may gems in choosing to capture a more detailed report out. Sometimes the Q&A session is best captured in a different format – often by note taking at tables (or using visual templates), and including this information on the poster is not as useful.

As a graphic facilitator, I’ve designed agendas and seen these techniques succeed at internal strategic planning sessions, cross-government collaborations, and conferences. However you visually capture the information, it’s about choices – and always about engaging the people in the room!

Catching up: recent graphic facilitation projects

Pumpkin lattes are back, my sandals are away, so I should have written this a month ago. Here’s a quick recap where graphic facilitation has recently improved meetings and processes in the health, government, education and non-profit sectors.

And although I don’t blog about every project, you can definitely count on me to tweet daily. Happily, I realized I could use twitter to fill in some graphic facilitation highlights. I went through my twitter photos and here’s a sample of what happened:

– Designed and facilitated the first retreat for the new Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. I heard powerful stories about the value and impact of research that’s accountable to community.

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– Graphic recording at the Farm Folk City Folk strategic planning session with staff and board – a extra little pro bono work resulted in tickets to their annual fundraiser at Feast of Fields! Yum! Eating is my favourite.

– Patient Journey map for Reciprocal Consulting and the First Nations Health Authority. First, I facilitated a staff engagement that mapped out the learnings from a program evaluation process. Then, I transformed this draft/live map into a final graphic that was used along with their report.

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– Co-facilitation with Suzanne Hawkes of a 3-day Health Equity forum for queer, trans, and two-spirit people in BC. The work is towards building Collective Impact. My biggest takeaway is how the foundation of any of this work has to be about trust. Because “progress happens at the speed of trust”.

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And what else ….

– Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC) Think Tank conference. Graphic recording keynotes, designing group work and building in a gallery walk of the graphic recordings to make this event as interactive as possible.

City of Vancouver invitation-only events about Renewable Cities and a research dialogue. Hearing a room full of people working on a warm summer night, talking about renewable energy really does good things for one’s heart. And hope.

– New coaching clients (for graphic recording) demonstrating how positive reinforcement and practice really pays off. Amazing improvements!


Talk soon!