Graphic Recording for Healthy Schools

While graphic recording about healthy schools, I heard Paul Born ask, “How do communities change? By involving the people the issue affects until it feels like their change.” Paul Born is a keynote speaker and community-builder extraordinaire. Pretty great advice for a room full of leaders working on building healthy school communities. I was pleased … Read more Graphic Recording for Healthy Schools

Visuals can support cultural competence in healthcare

Visuals can support cultural competence in healthcare. Recently, I worked at the Moving Forward conference, a unique gathering to talk about Indigenous cultural competency frameworks in health care. I came away from this experience profoundly changed, as I always do when work takes me to a deep place. Graphic recording visuals brought a unique dimension to tough conversations about … Read more Visuals can support cultural competence in healthcare

Visuals for Indigenous cultural competency framework

Visuals can support conversations about Indigenous cultural competency frameworks in health care. Recently, I worked at the Moving Forward conference, a unique gathering held by the Provincial Health Services Authority. I came away from this experience profoundly changed, as I always do when work takes me to a deep place. Graphic recording visuals brought a unique dimension … Read more Visuals for Indigenous cultural competency framework

Illustration of an East Vancouver Sandwich Map

I live for sandwiches. So why not an illustration of an East Vancouver sandwich map? Happily, there’s no shortage of delicious options nearby. And good parks to eat them in, too. The map includes the two neighbourhoods of Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodlands. I’d like to give a big thanks to Uppercase magazine and the talented pair at They … Read more Illustration of an East Vancouver Sandwich Map

knowledge translation at Brain Matters in the news

Graphic recording is great for knowledge translation, and it was featured in the 24 hours newspaper this week. Scientist Timothy Caufield wants us to see through the hype in science research, and my visuals were featured alongside his recent Brain Matters talk. The talk was part of a two day conference on brain science and social … Read more knowledge translation at Brain Matters in the news

New Illustration to Support Child Health

Here’s a new illustration map to support child health for Live5210.ca in BC. One of the nice parts about this feel-good project was that the take-home message of 5-2-1-0 really stuck with me, too. It’s simple and elegant: 5 fruits and veg, 2 hours of screen time (well, it’s something to aspire to in my … Read more New Illustration to Support Child Health

Engage visually and start with a juicy question

Thinking about hosting an event where you want people to share their thoughts – and see the conversation emerge visually? As a graphic facilitator, my tip is to engage visually and start with a juicy question. One of my favorite resources is a book called The Art of Powerful Questions. This short yet comprehensive guide is written by … Read more Engage visually and start with a juicy question

A look back at January projects

Well, this month flew by… here’s a recap from my twitter photos! I was graphic recording for strategic planning sessions and open houses this month. Each of these particular gatherings were quite special – they were a way for the organizations to bring key people into the same space for reconnection. I was honoured to … Read more A look back at January projects

Infographic for the Dr Peter Centre building anniversary

The Dr Peter Centre celebrated the 10th anniversary of their building, and this infographic tells the story of their success. From the outside, the building is distinctive. It combines a heritage house with a modern building. But it’s the inside that is even more striking. Their unique model of care provides support to people living with … Read more Infographic for the Dr Peter Centre building anniversary

Gathering Wisdom – visuals on social determinants

*updated 2018 with a new version of the SDOH image * In October 2013, I had the privilege of graphically recording at the Gathering Wisdom VI conference, hosted by the First Nations Health Authority, First Nations Health Directors Association, and First Nations Health Council. Over 900 delegates, including Chiefs, Health Directors, and Provincial and Federal Partners … Read more Gathering Wisdom – visuals on social determinants

Vancouver East Housing Coop Illustrated Map

Vancouver East Housing Coop Illustrated Map. The Vancouver East Housing Co-op recently asked me to join them on a walking tour and illustrate their co-op buildings. I was so surprised to learn some of the beautiful houses just off Commercial Drive aren’t actually owned by millionaires, but owned by co-op members. The VEHC is a fascinating … Read more Vancouver East Housing Coop Illustrated Map

Graphic recording for executives – the shoulder checking technique

I noticed two useful things while graphic recording for some recent executive meetings. Shoulder checking during presentations It was a high-level meeting between senior executives that included dense information in a very tight timeline. The graphic recording tool was like shoulder checking while driving. A quick look was all that was needed. While he talked, the speaker … Read more Graphic recording for executives – the shoulder checking technique

Mentoring and Graphic Recording at IFVP conference

This summer, I went to my first International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP) conference in New York. I promised I would go outside my learning “comfort zone” if I was flying all the way to New York, so for me the best part was being mentored. While I was mingling and signing up for sessions, two … Read more Mentoring and Graphic Recording at IFVP conference