Category: Live scribing

Transforming UK election discussions into pictures

In September the BBC invited us to capture the ideas and opinions of the British public on the country’s elections.

As BBC Breakfast starts early, we travelled from London to their headquarters in Manchester the day before and carried out extensive research into the elections and relevant issues for the community. We wanted to capture people’s true emotions.

Members of various societal groups were also invited to the programme, including a diversity of gender, race, age and opinion. Fertile ground for our graphic recording work.

The freezing climate and constant wind were no obstacle for our scribe, David Jesus Vignolli.

‘When your attention is focused on drawing the conversations and what people are talking about, you do not feel the cold or the wind. The only moment I realised they were there, was when I had to hold the sheet of paper so it did not fly away,’ said David.

The result of the work was a collage of ideas generated by the public and a record of the programme, which was held on such an important day for the country’s future.

The Independence Conference marked 20 years since the Bank of England was granted independence to set interest rates. The Bank of England wanted to take a step back and reflect on central bank independence, its practical application and future challenges.

We created a series of animations summarising the 2 days:

 

Read full article here:
https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/events/2017/september/20-years-on

How is the economy going? Illustrations will tell you

In recent months, together with the Bank of England, we have travelled the roads and railways to capture, through our drawings, the issues that affect the day to day lives of the British public.

The Bank of England wants to know and hear how the economy is impacting people’s lives.

Always equipped with an Ipad Pro, we provide graphic facilitation of meetings between representatives of the Bank and the community. As these events wish to provide a platform to the greatest possible portion of society and most of the time this means visiting many different locations on the same day.

Flexibility and journalistic spirit are important requirements. You need to be versatile and adapt to drawing either whilst standing or sitting on the floor or between tables and always prepared to adopt a new position at any given time. The desire to obtain relevant, factual information and accurately capture the data is the basis of a good visual recording.

At the end of the day, we have produced a series of illustrations that will be shared on the Bank’s website and social media. Maintaining open and accessible communication with the general public.

For us it is one of the richest visual recording exercises, interacting with so many different people and experiencing the multitude of visions and accents from around the UK.

Visual Scribing was invited to provide graphic facilitation for the first Bank of England Open Forum.

Canon, world leader in imaging solutions, opened the doors of its Customer Experience Center in Germany, for its Future Book Forum 2015. Visual Scribing was there capturing the key points of conversations and presentations; and translating them into a massive knowledge wall full of engaging visuals.

Mural illustrations create an unique creative vibe in events and ultimately inspire people.

Visualscribing.com was invited by Steelcase to create a massive mural in their “The power of place” event. An event bringing together clients and employees to celebrate the power of beautiful and functional design. The mural was composed by 60 A4 foam boards. We created a gallery of images describing Steelcase´s brand values, services and products.

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Live illustration is probably one of the oldest ways of human communication. Perhaps that´s why it´s so fascinating. It reminds people of how doodles can trigger our creative energy.

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Visuals combined in order to generate a narrative. Each individual picture was a piece of art to be given to the participants.Steelcase_livescribingEverything that was drawn live in the event was photographed and delivered back to the client in a digital document that can be shared among the participants, or used in communication materials.

Innovative ideas

A truly innovative idea is worth a lot. But it´s like finding a diamond among thousands of pebbles. How can you find out quickly which of your ideas are innovative and which are worthless?

Usually innovative ideas flow in loads. How can we found out quickly if the idea worth investing time and money in? At visualscribing.com we believe in “draw first ask questions later”. Sometimes one needs to see one’s idea on paper to evaluate it and make sure it’s truly innovative and that it’s progressing in the right direction.

The process of visualising innovative ideas quickly and evaluating them is called rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping has been used successfully in design for a long time but is increasingly used to evaluate ideas as well. Scribing helps the process of rapid prototyping, saving time and preventing you from investing time and money in ideas that are born to fail. Rapid prototyping is quick (obviously!) and interactive – it’s a brilliant way to generate a lot of fast feedback and initial thoughts, which saves  a lot of time in the long run. Rapid prototyping encourages experimentation and discussion by way of images instead of words – people are allowed to think in all sorts of ways with the knowledge that in the end there will be common understanding of the main goal. On the whole, if a solution to a problem is found quicker it is likely to be successful – rapid prototyping is one of the best ways to do this.

We were invited by Atlantic Customer Solutions to graphically facilitate an event with a group of 50 talented professionals who came together to discuss ‘Personalisation of Social Care’. The environment was buzzing with innovative ideas. Everyone wanted to contribute and to find ways to transform the future of health and social care in the UK.

Our approach

We set up a big knowledge wall using magic whiteboards. Graphic facilitation starts by choosing the right platform for the visuals to come to life. Whether it’s on paper or on whiteboard, to find the proper place and size for your illustrations is crucial to making it as accessible as possible for your audience.

Having a breathtaking and inspiring view around us at the Digital Catapult Centre, we set about illustrating the ‘big story’ of the event as a mural in real-time – the participants were therefore able to see the development second by second, minute by minute, bringing to life innovative ideas that will transform the way social care is approached. As proof we can work in any adverse conditions, our visual scribe David drew on the massive glass windows of the building and often experienced vertigo!

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The drawings had a big impact and sparked conversation, discussion, questioning and photographs, and importantly captivated people’s attention.

Many of the participants walked away from the conference with a visual reminder on their mobile or tablet that would help with the development of digital solutions for our social care system.

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photo by @paul_clarke / @MissMemarzia / @DigiCatapult

Innovative ideas mural

The ‘knowledge wall’ at the event had a longer life than just the event therefore: the discussion’s content was now on mobiles and tablets where it was tweeted, facebooked and pinned. These ideas become accessible to people who were not able to attend the event and were still talked about long after the event had finished. Or as one of the speakers tweeted “It was so wonderfully portrayed”.

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We were invited graphic record the Never Stop Learning event. Childhood is a magic time of discovering and trying things out. Whatever we learn as kids, creates the foundation for our future choices. 

 Someone once said that illustrators are children that never stopped drawing and we could not agree more!

Visual Scribing was invited to provide graphic facilitation for an inspiring event “Never Stop Learning” organised by and for the teachers of Never Stop Learning Hub to share exciting ways to engage and motivate students.

The key speaker Hywel Roberts “Oops, children learn accidentally”, was followed by 10 workshops and a series of micro-presentations. We agreed that the best way forward would be to draw in real time on a 3m x2m piece of paper fixed to the wall, so that the content of the conference would unfold itself simultaneously with the speeches. After the event we digitalised the mural and sent it to the organisers to circulate among the attendees via website, twitter, facebook.

Some of the feedback we got:
“The evening was captured brilliantly through the artwork of David”

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