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Trans Care BC strategic vision graphic

Trans Care BC – Strategic Infographic & The Remedy

Here are some positive visuals to support gender-affirming health care. The first is a new visual strategic plan for Trans Care BC. These three small drawings tell a bigger story, and are the foundation to the infographic (designed by Karianne Blank).

Trans Care BC strategic vision graphic

Established in 2015 as a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, Trans Care BC puts BC on the map as the first and only province in Canada to create a system to support transgender health. Trans Care BC provides important services and care to transgender and gender-diverse people across the province. These services are client-centered, ensure access to gender-affirming health care for all ages, and support community-building that ensures access to accurate information. They do this through implementation of international standards of care, use of evidence-based research, and sharing best practices. This model of care includes respecting the needs and perspectives of different cultures such as Two-Spirit people.

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In my illustrations, I focused on creating cheerfulness, and minimized the medical feelings as much as possible. In the first panel, I imagined a parent and teacher talking about how happy the student is to come to school, knowing they belong. In the second drawing, I wanted to create a positive encounter with a health care provider (who may also be part of the trans community, if the short haircut isn’t a good enough clue!). In this scene, there’s a trusted person taking notes for the patient, because allies are important. I wanted the focus to be the trans* woman talking, and not the doctor because trans women and two-spirit people are going to be the most affected by the compounding effects of poor health care. In the third drawing, the patient has successfully undergone a desired surgical intervention and is giving the thumbs-up sign: Trans Care BC is here to help navigate the medical system.

Coincidentally, while we were working on this strategic plan and other infographics for Trans Care BC, I was also drawing illustrations for the recently released queer and trans health anthology The Remedy (Arsenal Pulp, 2016), edited by Zena Sharman. It recently made the National Post’s best books of 2016 list (congrats Zena!).

Zena asked me to illustrate five case studies – truly unique examples of tools and resources that promote gender affirming care. There’s the Q Card program, Vancouver’s own Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a deck of affirmation cards, and more. Here’s a peek at the illustrations.

The Remedy is highly recommended for all the health practitioners in your life, and can be purchased at the following sites.

“To remedy means to heal, to cure, to set right, to make reparations.The Remedy invites writers and readers to imagine what we need to create healthy, resilient, and thriving LGBTQ communities.”

There’s still a long way to go for trans people to close the gaps in health equity, live as long as non-trans people, and be recognized and celebrated. Hearing the stories in The Remedy, and knowing Trans Care BC is here to navigate the health system – gives me much hope for a better future.


Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

FNREEES Now is the Time census information

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 technically complex survey in FNIGC’s history, the report of the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES, or REEES) shows strong associations between the importance First Nations people place on language, culture and family, and the educational, employment, health, and well-being outcomes in their communities.”

FNREES quick factsFirst Nations Data: Quick Facts

Sometimes, you need a statistic quickly. The Drawing Change team was thrilled to create an easy to read, 32-page “Quick Facts” version with FNIGC. It uses visuals to communicate key insights into the data. The format is a small, spiral-bound book that is portable and easy to reference.

Drawing Change collaborated with award winning illustrator Julie Flett for the cover, with layout by Karianne Blank and illustrations by Sam Bradd.

“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 culmination of a landmark five-year survey process conducted by FNIGC, the premier source of information about First Nations people and communities, and its Regional Partners,” writes FNIGC.


Visuals and Infographics

We used visuals throughout this project – in the fall, early survey findings were released using infographics, a compelling powerpoint presentation, and there was live graphic recording at the annual conference. Here are two of the five infographics:




Congratulations on this milestone, FNIGC!


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11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Ask any graphic facilitator, and they’ve probably been asked these questions:

  1. Do you do weddings,
  2. Do you have the best job ever, (yup)
  3. 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: USE them.

Don’t banish these posters to a closet with long-forgotten flip charts. A meeting is a major investment in time and effort. After all, you invited visuals to the meeting to help you be more productive! Keep that good work going with useful, thoughtful followup actions.

Here’s my list of how my clients have used their new sets of graphic recording images so far:

The obvious Followup: email



For teams, it’s part of effective followup – charts often say who will do what, by when. And, if you’re a marketer it’s an opportunity: emailing the images is a great excuse to reconnect after a big conference. Keep members/clients engaged, informed – and reinforce your call to action.

Keepsake materials


These days you can print on anything. My clients have printed a strategic planning visual on a plant pot for an “evergreen” document, made them into calendars, notebooks, thank you cards, puzzles, and framed prints. Sometimes graphic recordings are about the “process” and not the “product”. So not every image will make a beautiful print – but sometimes teams get excited to print the pictures even if I think it’s messy!

Reports and newsletter


Almost every report or publication can be improved with a short, visual, high-impact summary. Visuals create an easy to understand summary of your report. It’s always effort well-spent if it helps people read the details. Useful for newsletters, annual reports, or magazines.

visual strategic plans


Visuals make strategic plans, organizational charts, and visioning documents even more useful. People can see themselves in the story. And since pictures create an emotional connection, they’re more likely to hang up a picture than a typed list. When people can see how their work is part of the big picture, it helps. Read more

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Visual Language – Speaker at CreativeMornings Vancouver

sam bradd graphic recording drawn image visual languageWant 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 socialize (I won’t be talking the whole time, heck no).

The global CreativeMornings theme for January is Language … which is a perfect fit for graphic facilitation. I want to help more people communicate better, using visuals. I think we all have an intuitive visual language inside us, ready to help us get our ideas out of heads and into the world.

And to help you do this — I’m bringing some very fun tools for you to take home! I won’t spoil the surprise… but trust me, you’ll want to be in the audience whether you like brainstorming with pen/paper, using digital/devices, or better yet, want to use the power of both.

Get your tickets asap at this link below, and here’s to making 2016 your most creative year, yet.


PS Catch up on speakers you might have missed with the CM videos – brought to you by the CM team. Illustrator Ola Volo was the December speaker and I’m a huge fan.


Evergreen strategic illustrations for the YMCA

YMCA Greater Vancouver strategic plan illustrations

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The YMCA of the Greater Vancouver


Demonstrate the Y’s strategic plan for 2015-2017 to community, stakeholders, and leaders.


Unique illustrations for the 2015-2017 strategic plan, to encourage people to engage with the report. The suite includes a hand-lettered diagram, custom vector illustrations, and icons.


A truly evergreen document that fosters engagement. Signi Solmundson (VP Marketing and Communications) creatively printed the illustrations on a planter, so people could keep the strategic plan right on their desks! 

World Health Organization Curriculum


OpenWHO.org for the World Health Organization


Create easily accessible visuals for open source courses around infectious diseases and epidemics on Open WHO’s Website.


The creation of over 200 images for curriculum on infectious diseases and epidemics. Close input from the consulting team ensured infographics contained accurate and easily digestible information.


Important access to the website’s courses for people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics, and health emergencies.