Book launch for Drawn Together Through Visual Practice: Vancouver

Live graphic recording created in tandem by Avril Orloff and Corrina Keeling On October 29th we celebrated the release of our new book, Drawn Together through Visual Practice! We had a great turnout for the book launch event, which took place at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver, bringing together local facilitators, visual practitioners, friends, curious creatives, and even … Read more Book launch for Drawn Together Through Visual Practice: Vancouver

Better Graphic Facilitation with Cultural Safety: Using our Hands

Final post in this series on how to become a better graphic facilitator through engaging with Cultural Safety and Humility.  Cultural Safety is an emerging core competency for visual practitioners working with Indigenous organizations and community groups. This series concludes with a summary of these suggested core competencies, and ideas for implementing at an organizational level.  … Read more Better Graphic Facilitation with Cultural Safety: Using our Hands

Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation: Using our Hearts

Third in a series about cultural safety and graphic facilitation. Here, I look at how graphic facilitators can use our hearts, in order to better understand how emotion and empathy can be utilized in graphic recording sessions. I’ll offer concrete strategies to help us build stronger connections and relationships. THE HEART: EMPATHY IN Graphic facilitation Be aware … Read more Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation: Using our Hearts

Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation Part Two: Using our Heads

In the introduction post, I explored the meaning and importance of Cultural Safety and Humility in my work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, and how this has shaped my practice as a non-Indigenous graphic facilitator.  THE JOURNEY OF CULTURAL SAFETY AND CULTURAL HUMILITY STARTS WITH SELF REFLECTION Graphic facilitators can use our whole selves in … Read more Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation Part Two: Using our Heads

Using Cultural Safety and Humility to Become a Better Graphic Facilitator

I’m a graphic facilitator, and I want to plant a seed for other non-Indigenous practitioners who work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. The seed is Cultural Safety. Cultural Safety means that I work in a particular kind of way—with Cultural Humility—when I work with Indigenous people and others who are different from me. … Read more Using Cultural Safety and Humility to Become a Better Graphic Facilitator

What we see in graphic facilitation is a reflection of our sector, too

I keep a list of what participants say to me about the visuals after a graphic facilitation session. My big take-away – as someone who visits many sectors – is that we are all looking for ways to understand each other. Every sector has a unique take on why graphic facilitation – or visual thinking – helps them. It’s … Read more What we see in graphic facilitation is a reflection of our sector, too

Neuland ambassador- graphic recording markers

When I choose my graphic recording markers*, I use three guiding ideas: clarity, readability, and expressiveness. I can’t imagine doing this job without Neuland markers, and I’m pleased to be an ambassador. When the boxes come it’s as good as Christmas for me! *do other countries say pens? Here in Canada, we tend to say markers. Video: Neuland … Read more Neuland ambassador- graphic recording markers

how to edit graphic recording posters

Are you wondering how to edit graphic recording posters into digital files? You’re not alone. This summer, I had the privilege of mentoring some amazing folks new to graphic recording. They were not new to visual thinking, but new to using giant paper and working live. I loved hearing how they are excited to help groups be better … Read more how to edit graphic recording posters

Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

New First Nations data is now available. Now is the Time is a brand new report with about First Nations communities, thanks to the First Nations Information Governance Centre. FNIGC writes that Now is the Time: Our Data, Our Stories, Our Future,The National Report of the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey is “The most … Read more Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

New Book! Drawn Together Through Visual Practice

Our book is here! Drawn Together Through Visual Practice Embrace visual practice as a defining technology of our time. Imagine your ideas drawn — incorporating energy, colour, space, line, scale, icons, figures, metaphors. This is the territory of visual practice, which makes the fleeting and ephemeral nature of spoken conversation concrete. This anthology connects ideas … Read more New Book! Drawn Together Through Visual Practice

Graphic recording: Cultural safety and Indigenous Youth Wellness

As a graphic facilitator, it’s an honour to partner with the Indigenous Youth Wellness Learning Circle with Elder Gerry Oleman and Asia Youngman from Cuystwi! I always feel that working with Cuystwi is transformational. I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes about this image to help share why. I’m a non-Indigenous graphic recorder who works cross-culturally. People often … Read more Graphic recording: Cultural safety and Indigenous Youth Wellness

11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Ask any graphic facilitator, and they’ve probably been asked these questions: Do you do weddings, Do you have the best job ever, (yup) and what can we do with the images afterwards? Sorry I can’t come to your wedding, but here’s the one, best thing you can do with graphic recording images after your session: … Read more 11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Infographic for Pacific Herring – a tiny and mighty fish

This one infographic asks 32 questions: the new Conceptual Model of the Herring Social-Ecological System. The Pacific Herring is a tiny, and mighty, fish. They’re ecologically and economically important for other species and commercial fisheries. Pacific Herring: a Cultural Keystone Species But as importantly, these fish are interdependent with Indigenous people on the Pacific Coast – they’re a cultural keystone species. Indigenous … Read more Infographic for Pacific Herring – a tiny and mighty fish

Data is more than numbers — it’s stories – with FNIGC

  Data isn’t just numbers, it’s stories. The first-ever First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) tells a new story: “unprecedented insight into life in First Nations on-reserve and northern communities in Canada”. When the FNREEES was published, Karianne Blank and I had the privilege of creating infographics and graphic recordings with … Read more Data is more than numbers — it’s stories – with FNIGC

Visual thinking in Tanzania about Zoonosis Research

It was a great pleasure to bring graphic recording to a conference about zoonosis research in Tanzania. If, like me, you’re more “social scientist” than “scientist”, zoonoses are diseases that move between humans, wildlife, and livestock. They cause death and disability, disproportionately affect people living in poverty, and importantly – they’re preventable. The conference aimed to “strengthen strategic interdisciplinary … Read more Visual thinking in Tanzania about Zoonosis Research