Graphic Recording

Live visual notetaking. Refine ideas, engage, and summarize visually.

I listen closely, synthesize, and draw in real-time. Ideas emerge in front of you. Graphic recording supports problem-solving and making connections.

Graphic recording helps people remember and care about the ideas. It supports interaction, reflection, and seeing the next steps. I’ve worked with researchers on four continents, for groups from 2 to over 1000, from non-profits to CEOs.

It’s not just about the pictures – it’s what you do with them. You keep digital images and original posters. Complex information is easy to understand. The images are usually 4 by 8 feet for impact.

  • Meetings, workshops, public engagement
  • Conferences, trade shows, presentations
  • Patient journey mapping
  • Breakout groups – translate a stack of flip charts into one image
  • Print, post, and share online

Make your event unforgettable. 

Sam Bradd, marker in hand, at large illustration on wall.

graphic recording with CCPA and Stina Brown
Graphic recording climate Justice conversation with CCPA and Stina Brown

Visual Facilitation

Meeting design and visual facilitation.

With 15 years of facilitation experience, I collaborate closely with your team on agenda design to help you do your best thinking. Visual facilitation keeps engagement high and participants focused.

Visual facilitation examples:

  • Strategic planning
  • Focus groups 
  • Interactive group work with custom templates 
  • World Café 
  • Support participants in drawing collaboratively, such as a journey map, a team vision, appreciation on a graffiti wall, organizational timeline
  • Photo-based tools
  • Pre-drawn visuals to greet participants before the meeting starts

I love to partner with facilitators, too. If you have an existing agenda, and need visual expertise to make it memorable, get in touch.

Sam Bradd graphic facilitation in progress Vancouver BC


The right visual solution for your needs.

I illustrate from my studio and collaborate with clients globally. I learn what you need, you send me documents or text, and I create memorable vector-based or hand-drawn visuals.

My specialty is complex, abstract ideas, including:

  • Visual strategic plans
  • Curriculum
  • Journey/services maps
  • Illustrations 
  • Diagrams

Recent illustrations include an upstream wellness model, internal human resources diagrams, anti-racism curriculum, an aquaponic prototype, and a low-carbon neighbourhood.

Arts Summit Who We Are Tapestry


Telling your story with data and images. Making dense information beautiful.

A good infographic takes data and makes it meaningful, not filler. Infographics make your story compelling.

My background in illustration means the result goes beyond stock images.

Perfect for web or print.

Examples include:

  • Summary of an annual report
  • Visual strategic plans
  • Journey/services maps
  • Explanation or call to action graphics

I collaborate with clients globally.

Alberta Health Services infographic for hip and knee statistics, knowledge transfer, health care

Knowledge Translation

Complex information becomes accessible.

Knowledge translation is about making connections. I connect with researchers, policy writers, academics and innovators so ideas can spread.

I specialize in reading documents and translating them into custom images. My key approach is collaboration.

Each project is handled uniquely. Examples include illustrations for reports, academic poster presentations, health information, infographics, curriculum, and more.


cover page of the illustrated Mental Health Commission of Canada national mental health strategy
A youth-friendly, illustrated version of a new report by Mental Health Commission of Canada


Custom workshops on visual thinking skills.

Workshops and coaching by request.

Recent workshops include sketchnotes for first year students, visual mapping skills for at-risk youth, and a design workshop for communications staff in the labour movement.

I coach individuals on a by-request basis, interested in writers of all types and entrepreneurs. If you have an idea, thesis, or chapter that needs to be mapped out, get in touch. 


BC Housing workshop image setup