Low Carbon Future Illustration for Sierra Club of BC

My new Sierra Club of BC poster shows a thriving, vibrant low carbon future. It’s so fun to draw tiny details that create the world I want! We squeezed in everything from backyard gardens, walkable neighbourhoods, thriving culture, drinking water straight from the source, and of course great jobs.  The poster is part of the Sierra Club of BC’s new … Read more Low Carbon Future Illustration for Sierra Club of BC

Illustrations for the YMCA’s strategic plan

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 … Read more Illustrations for the YMCA’s strategic plan

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 … Read more Trending- better conference design and visual facilitation

Graphic recording for the World Health Organization

I’ll be graphic recording with the World Health Organization in Geneva! I’m looking forward to a fantastic meeting with diverse perspectives. Graphic recording is a perfect fit for multi-stakeholder meetings because visuals can bring people together – and this time, for a global difference. You never know where life is going to take you. When I … Read more Graphic recording for the World Health Organization

Graphic recording supports science and traditional knowledge

Graphic recording isn’t just about the images. It’s what you do with them that matters.  The recent Pacific Herring Summit, graphic recording of indigenous knowledge on Day 1 supported a deeper understanding of the technical information that followed on Days 2 and 3. These visualizations, started at the beginning of the conference, helped to literally hold space in the room for traditional knowledge throughout … Read more Graphic recording supports science and traditional knowledge

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. … Read more Catching up: recent graphic facilitation projects

Sketchnotes – asking good questions after a Visual Thinking conference

I’m home from the annual International Forum of Visual Practitioners conference, this year in Austin Texas. Part IFVP family reunion, part professional development and definitely part fun. I saw a beautiful theme of ethics weaving through the conference. To me, ethics isn’t about “one way to do things”, or making rules. It’s about reflecting on … Read more Sketchnotes – asking good questions after a Visual Thinking conference

Art of Leadership with Robert Gass: sketchnotes

Six days with Robert Gass’ Art of Leadership course feels like 30. Happy to share these personal sketchnotes with you. Sometimes imperfect is best. I ate a lot of yeast dressing. Spilled my guts to strangers. Laughed so hard at the no-talent show. Found out why Facebook pushes my buttons and how to really have … Read more Art of Leadership with Robert Gass: sketchnotes

Vision Map for Stó:lō Nation Wellness

  In your reception area, can people see your Vision? This 8-foot Vision Map greets visitors to the Stó:lō Wellness Centre. I loved the process of making this map because it was about consultation from beginning to end. Vision Maps give us a visual overview of a strategic plan, project, or high-level picture. But what’s as important as the drawings: … Read more Vision Map for Stó:lō Nation Wellness

Judging the 2015 CALM awards: Canadian Association of Labour Media

I’m in Victoria, BC to judge the 2015 Canadian Association of Labour Media awards once again. I evaluated the visual categories including best poster, best infographic/illustration and best overall print excellence. Congratulations to everyone – there were so many excellent submissions that we had a tie and numerous honorable mentions. The poster category blew me away. Have you … Read more Judging the 2015 CALM awards: Canadian Association of Labour Media

Winnipeg Public Library Infographic

I drew the first draft of this infographic for the Winnipeg Public Library’s strategic plan with stacks of books across the top. Books are iconic, but libraries are much more than books: they’re a place for information and connection. From english-language classes, parent-child drop-ins, questions for Dr. Google and outreach, libraries need to be a little bit … Read more Winnipeg Public Library Infographic

Graphic recording Tech Leadership with Communitech and Susan Cain

Communitech’s signature event is the Tech Leadership Conference, and it delivered on its promise to be inspirational and thought-provoking. Communitech invited me to showcase graphic recording at TLCWR for the first time –  because “the old ways of doing things aren’t getting any younger”.  Graphic recording literally shows you a new way of thinking visually. I was especially excited … Read more Graphic recording Tech Leadership with Communitech and Susan Cain

Interview: Drawing Clarity at Tech Leadership Conference

Communitech’s signature event is the Tech Leadership Conference, and it delivered on its promise to be inspirational and thought-provoking. Afterwards, Communitech interviewed fellow graphic recorder Liisa Sorsa and I about our backgrounds and how we use visuals to help companies succeed: “The two have a passion for art and for human relations. Their careers sprung from the … Read more Interview: Drawing Clarity at Tech Leadership Conference

Healthy Schools Symposium and graphic recording

Recently, I was graphic recording at the annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium, the signature event hosted by DASH BC and Healthy Schools BC. This conference is a chance to really connect the education and health sectors, because healthy students are better learners, and better learners are healthier. What does that mean? If a child knows just two … Read more Healthy Schools Symposium and graphic recording

Interview: Health Empowerment from Knowledge Transfer

Graphic recording helped with knowledge transfer at a recent women’s heart health event with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The VCHRI interviewed the presenters and me and wrote up a great blog post. Thanks for the opportunity to be interviewed and feature graphic recording as a knowledge transfer tool in health care. Graphic recording in health care connects researchers … Read more Interview: Health Empowerment from Knowledge Transfer