I've been excited to develop my graphic facilitation skills a bit more with a recent project for the HSE. This has involved developing ways to bring to life a "Change Guide" for the Health Services. The Guide has been developed over the last 2 years through a wide process of consultation as well as research. The team now want to implement the Guide throughout the service and thought that visuals would help to bring it to life. We held an initial workshop with 12 people (pictured), followed by a small brainstorm workshop on communication strategies. I then did some graphic recording at a launch event. Soon we will work on digital visuals to support the promotion of the Guide throughout the health service. So, watch this space...
I always wanted to make GIFs.. and finally I've persuaded clients to let me! The above was prepared for an event on inclusion, using the brand of the client as a starting point. In the end it wasn't used so I'm sharing it here. It isn't perfect, but it took me AGES. I couldn't stop myself. I've made other, smaller ones also. They can be a nice way to attract attention on social media, as a counterpoint to still graphics. So.... if you want one- get in touch!! While I'm still a bit obsessed...
GIFS below on "Automating Processes" and "Spreading Innovation"
I don't get to go to Sligo too often so I was delighted to be asked to this event to do live graphic recording for a large group of podiatrists. I had to do my homework on this one in advance as there were some very technical presentations. I learned a lot of about Hallux valgus, plantar fasciopathy and skeletal drivers! Mental Note: get orthotics. Podiatrists are amazing!
This was both an academic and very practitioner-led conference focusing on future directions for child protection and social care in Ireland. It included some very hard-hitting data and passionate appeals for more investment.
I was graphic recording on A0 foam core boards, to which I am becoming more and more accustomed. Great for when there are no suitable walls, also very durable if the client wants to continue displaying the graphic recording post-event.
This conference was a not-for-profit event and a partnership between the School of Applied Social Studies (UCC), staff from child protection and welfare teams in the Child and Family Agency and the IASW Southern Branch.
Find out more at: http://swconf.ucc.ie/
2017 has been an extremely busy year. That is one reason why I have not posted more stories on my website. The other is that much of the work I have done I have not been able to share publicly, either they are private meetings with sensitive information or part of an ongoing internal process. I'm working with new and interesting clients this year and I have learned a huge amount.
Some highlights (snapshots below) from 2017 so far:
- 3 days with Citibank Innovation Lab in Dublin visually documenting the conversation of the Citibank Executive Committee.
- Live illustrating Cogs & Marvel's brand launch at their fabulous party.
- Executive Summit with Google in the Foundry, Dublin, visualising some mind-blowing input about AI and Google's Deep Mind project
- Working with Young SVP- Saint Vincent de Paul's youth programme and being impressed at how wise and compassionate Ireland's young people are.
- Joining the Creativity & Change team for some super-creative graphic recording at their Empathy to Action training in Cork
- Joining forces with new innovation start-up Framlabs for design sprints and more.
Apologies for the terrible photographs. This event was in a dark theatre in the Foundry in Google's Dublin office. The event was organised by an outreach team withing the engineering community of Google to engage third level engineering students and encourage them to consider working at Google. I learned so much! I learned about things such as "mapreducing" and "Clos topologies" and what and Exabyte is. It is the equivalent information of 1,689,915,020 sheets of a4 paper (of 1s and 0s I think...) Now that I'm writing this (3 months after the event) I'm not so sure. It is A LOT of information. Anyway- the world of Site Reliability Engineering is complex and intriguiing and changing at a rate of...exabytes. Obviously!
I only have a couple of images of this Professional Development Day for adult educators- but it shows the interesting and creative reflection they had on their work. This was organised by NUI Maynooth in collaboration with the Kildare Wicklow ETB.
I was graphic recording at a conference in Nov 2016 on Citizenship Education, organised by the SPHE Network- a voluntary group of teachers and teacher educators who are championing the subject of SPHE (Social Political and Health Education) at post-primary level. The day began with a double keynote, followed by several parallel sessions (for which I enlisted the help of student volunteers) and a closing plenary. It was a day of quick and constant work! Thanks goodness for grey and pink.
This was an incredibly moving and creative event that took place in Glencree Reconciliation Centre near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow on the 25th June2016. However I was too busy to take photos on the day so I never posted an article about it. Kieran Allen of the Centre kindly sent me these images so I can share them online.
The event brought together artists of all kinds, philosophers and activists to discuss the role of creativity in building peace. Theatre of Witness is a particularly striking project and well worth going to see if you get a chance.
On Tuesday 25th October I was up high in Ocean's Eleven, Google's top floor event space in their Dublin HQ for an executive summit. It was a meeting of Google's fastest growing customers to support their development. It was organised by the Sales and Marketing EMEA team. I was involved in designing and supporting a discussion element and graphic recording of the keynote speaker.
I confess I had never heard of the keynote speaker, Jonas Kjelberg, co-founder of Skype but when I did my research I realised he had written a top-notch business book ALL IN PICTURES. So he must be awesome. And he was- he is an excellent speaker, irreverent, provocative and insightful. See the shots below of me trying (and failing) to be cool while he takes a pic on his phone of the graphic recording.
I really enjoyed working with Aisling and Jackie, two of the Sales and Marketing team, on visuals and process design. They used lots of my doodles throughout the day in their slides to illustrate their ideas. We also co-designed an hour of discussion for which I prepared 4 templates to support discussions at tables and harvest ideas. Added to this I also captured the plenary feedback in 4 circles. These were all used to feed into the rest of the day. Delegates subsequently had presentations and Q&As with experts in each of the 4 key areas, so the discussion hour primed them to make the most of those.
Thank you to the excellent conference photographer, Alan Rowlette, for sharing his photographs with me.