Visualizing a report for Griffin Center and sprOUT

This is a visual from an 80 page sprOUT project report. Project evaluation Key messages: be clear about collaboration, what is the aim, be transparent about power and privilege, anticipate challenges, work together, training and support for service providers, community building, document best practices, visualizing data, visualizing a report in pictures, what is graphic recording, sam bradd, artist, vancouver, image, what is graphic facilitation, illustration,  charette, sprOUT, Griffin Centre Toronto, intellectual disabilities, LGBTQ, queer youth, queer youth with disabilities, dual diagnosis, community building, what is collaboration, union, illustrator, best practice, vector, best practice, visualization, visual learners, infographic, graphic design, mind map, mind mapping, visual practitioner, creativity, sketch noters, visual notetaking, consultant, facilitator, visual thinking, information architects, visual synthesis, graphic translation, group graphics, and ideation specialists, live drawing, group facilitation, group collaborative work, world cafe, conference, information design, information designers, virtual coaches, educator, non-profit, progressive, environment, sustainability, community, health,youth, teens,adult education, empowerment, justice, leadership,Evaluations and reports don’t need to be boring. Griffin Centre’s project sprOUT asked me to create an engaging visual summary from an 80-page report.

sprOUT connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people labelled with intellectual disabilities across Ontario.

There are benefits to visual summaries. A visual summary can quickly provide important highlights and context. Secondly, visuals are accessible. People labelled with intellectual disabilities participated in the report, and some people may find the visuals easier to understand. This helps continue sprOUT’s accountability. Third, an engaging visual can act as promotion for values. sprOUT planned to distribute posters and the report to stakeholders in Ontario. It may entice people who would not have otherwise read the report to learn more about sprOUT’s unique philosophy. This continues sprOUT’s impact. 

Instead of working “live” in front of a group, I read the report in Vancouver and emailed sprOUT drafts. This meant I worked closely with the sprOUT project evaluator to create the visuals.

sprOUT’s difference is a core value of collaboration: LGBTQ people labelled with intellectual disabilities are involved in sprOUT decision-making and hands-on operation. The report itself is a beautiful document, using professional photography and layout to tell the unique sprOUT story. I learned many things from this project, and I was pleased to be able to contribute.

Link to download the full sprOUT report here, written by Zack Marshall and Tess Vo and designed by Graham Kennedy: 

Links to past sprOUT projects:

Our Compass documentary film:

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