Graphic Recording

Graphic recording, artwork created by a live artist at an event

Putting on an event?
Do you want your audience to remember it for weeks afterwards on their social media? Try graphic recording.

Graphic recording is artwork created live during an event. It has other names like live scribing, live drawing and graphic facilitation.

Whatever the subject of the event, graphic recording makes it more engaging by having artwork created during talks and discussions. It's ideal for conferences.

Say you're putting on an event. It's a full day of talks and activities, your delegates leave with a goodie bag and a handful of notes. With graphic recording, the artwork you see created on the day is sent into your attendees after the event, as a visual reminder of what they saw and heard. Keeping your event in their mind longer.

Often the illustrations use good humour to get the message across, so you'll be putting a smile on their face too. Smiles are free. Seeing live artwork being created helps others get in a creative mood too, so your audience is buzzing and energised.

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Are you a visual learner? Live scribing is a great way to make your event have an impact on your audience. Opinions, stories and light bulb moments are captured and remembered for you and your attendees long after the event has passed.

On this page are examples from various live events around the UK both live virtually for hybrid events.

Live events, hybrid and online

Graphic recording / Live recording / Live drawing (it has many names,) is a niche gig.

It's a challenge I relish and very much feeds the same part of my brain translating words into images. I have to be present and adapt quickly to the visuals I'm creating. If I spend too long on one drawing, the speaker might have moved on to a new subject by the time I'm done. Writing down keywords is good, but not too many, as a sheet full of words are just words. The goal is to find a balance of words and pictures to summarise the theme of the talk.

There's a graphic design shorthand at work. Connecting what speakers are saying with what images are commonly represented by the subject being spoken about. There's also humour, more my own take as I like to add appropriate humour into visuals. Just my opinion, though I think with more serious topics, using a little light humour can help with how people engage with difficult subjects.

Hard for me to be objective about my own work, but the responses are always was very positive. Attendees are often encouraged to photo the art and share it across their social media. It's a great way for them to remember the event and what was covered, but also increased the engagement and reach of the event as a whole.

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