A bit late I know!
Here are some highlights from graphic recording events of last year. I'm not able to share all the work I do but here's a selection of jobs I really enjoyed that I can share. Thank you to all the wonderful clients I've had!
One thing from 2018 I particularly enjoyed was getting to grips with Procreate on the iPad. This has opened up possibilities for live digital graphic recording (see Google tech IE in gallery) and also illustration for print. The black and white images below were actually colouring-in posters that were about 3m wide when printed- all done on Procreate.
Also, a new development from 2018 is an Irish network for freelance graphic recorders. A small but mighty group has formed to share skills and information about graphic recording in Ireland. Watch this space for some collective action from this group in 2019!
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.
Research and Innovation Map of UCD
UCD Research and Innovation asked me to create a visually engaging map of the campus, communicating their Research and Innovation activities. This was a new departure for me in many ways- the flat style, entirely digital. I learned a lot! 45 or so individual icons were created and placed on the stylised map as well as numerous little extra bits to add visual interest. I really enjoyed creating every little piece in Illustrator and connecting everything up to the whole.
A series of 5 pop-up banners for UCDVO to promote the benefits of volunteering overseas. Photographer Graham Seely took the photos of the student volunteers and I illustrated their statements in Illustrator.
Afri are an NGO committed to global justice and as part of their "Just a Second!" schools project they created a campaign with transition year students from Mount Temple Comprehensive to urge leaders to take serious action at the Paris Climate Talk last November. This illustration is based on the words of the young people and accompanies the other project outputs. The actual size of the piece is about 3 x a2. Once imported to Photoshop it was stitched together, cleaned up, coloured and then vectorised in Illustrator. Some close up details are included below.
UCD is preparing to become a "Health- Promoting University" and began this process with a consultation event on the 7th Oct. The event consisted of speakers in the morning, followed by facilitated dialogue and finishing with a plenary. The organisers wanted paper graphic recording but we were not permitted to stick any paper ANYWHERE in the venue. Instead, UCD proposed using an A3 camera. It worked fantastically and I will definitely do it again. I was also involved in creating digital illustrations for the events including slides and a detailed visualisation of an Audit of existing Health initiatives within the university.
I'm so excited to share this little animated video that I made recently with Graham Seely of Gansee Films for my old employer IDEA. The video supports their campaign to promote Social and Solidarity Economy. You can learn all about it and support them here: https://www.facebook.com/challengingthecrisis
Some behind-the-scenes shots below....
Last Saturday 6th September was a very special day. We launched the Mural at St Anne's Allotment in St Anne's Park, Raheny. This project, which began in April was a collaboration between myself and the Allotment Committee members, assisted by artist Mary Callaghan and supported generously by Dublin City Council. More photos to come soon. Below you can (l-r) Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Damian O'Farrell, Brian Hanney (Allotment Committee) and myself cutting the ribbon. A BIG Thank You to the Allotment Committee for organising the launch.
Thank you to Kevin McNally for these photos.
New Experiment: FILM
On 31st July I contributed to the creation of a short video produced by UCD VO (University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas). The video communicates the experiences of a variety of previous volunteers. My job was to bring life to their words by illustrating them around their heads. Actually my job was easy. Gansee Films have the tough job of bringing it all together in the editing suite. Can't wait to see how it turns out. They are more than capable by the looks of their back catalogue.