Interview: sharing my favorite resources with Michelle Walker

Recently, Michelle Walker, a creativity coach and visual practitioner in Australia, interviewed me as part of her Spotlight Series. Michelle has a thriving visual practice, and I also learned that she is a fantastic interviewer – we could have talked for hours! In this audio interview, I share my thoughts on my practice, what feeds my creativity, and … Read more Interview: sharing my favorite resources with Michelle Walker

Graphic Recording Indigenous Youth Wellness Series with Cuystwi

Cuystwi means “let’s go!” (Stl’atl’imx). This graphic recording is about indigenous youth starting their wellness journey. The session was “Beginning Our Wellness Journey – with Gerry Oleman and Asia Youngman”, presented by Cuystwi and the UBC Learning Circle in January. Read all about the session here: http://learningcircle.ubc.ca/2015/09/beginning-our-wellness-journey/ http://www.indigenousyouthwellness.ca/cuystwi These Learning Series are broadcast for webinars, so you can tune in from anywhere … Read more Graphic Recording Indigenous Youth Wellness Series with Cuystwi

Graphic Facilitation at Creative Mornings Vancouver: Visual Language

People care when they see their ideas matter. And that’s why I love my job. Here’s my talk from Creative Mornings Vancouver. A big-hearted community creates this interesting, free breakfast event each month in 120+ cities around the globe. Proud to be part of @Vancouver_CM today + excited to announce @wacom‘s giving away #BambooSpark units #madewithwacom pic.twitter.com/a0XVM5p00h … Read more Graphic Facilitation at Creative Mornings Vancouver: Visual Language

A free Creative Planning visual template for you

I made this Creativity Planner for my Creative Mornings Vancouver talk and want to share it with you. This free, visual template can help you with creative goal setting. Because let me guess — you’re fantastic at brainstorming for your clients, friends, and others. But when it’s time for you to focus on your goals, you find … Read more A free Creative Planning visual template for you

A gift to you: sketchnotes from Rockwood Art of Leadership

Last summer, I drew a popular set of sketchnotes at the Rockwood Institute’s Art of Leadership training.  My free gift to you: download a free PDF set to keep*. May these spark something inside you, the way the course inspired me. Here are edited, higher resolution images about leadership, connecting to purpose, courageous conversations, and re-finding … Read more A gift to you: sketchnotes from Rockwood Art of Leadership

Visual Language – Speaker at CreativeMornings Vancouver

Want a fun way to kickstart your 2016’s creative resolutions? Get a ticket to Vancouver’s CreativeMornings! I’m the guest speaker at the January event talking about Visual Language and Creativity. Thrilled to be part of this monthly breakfast series with fellow creatives, held in cities around the world. Your free ticket includes a guest speaker, breakfast, and also lots of time to … Read more Visual Language – Speaker at CreativeMornings Vancouver

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

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

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

Graphic recording at refugee community consultation

Graphic recording supported a new community-based research project in Surrey BC about refugee settlement and integration needs, called Our Community, Our Voice. The project is part of the City of Surrey’s Local Immigration Partnership initiative and is and funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. It was an eye- (and heart-) opening day. I heard more refugees settle in Surrey than … Read more Graphic recording at refugee community consultation

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

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