Scribing - record, review and share your conversation, live
Scribing (also known as Graphic Facilitation or Graphic Recording) is making a visual story of any conversation. That could be two people in a meeting room or a large conference where discussion happens across multiple groups, presentations and social media. It’s a vibrant and engaging record that brings issues to life and keeps them alive after the event in a way more conventional forms often don’t. As an experienced scribe of 20 years I have developed the skill to pick out what information is important and the best way to translate it. It’s this mix of your viewpoint faithfully recorded and my take on it that adds something special to an event as the scribing develops. It’s a touchstone for what’s been said so far and something entertaining that mixes drawing, humour, design, mind-maps and metaphors.
The digitised scribe is sometimes the main summary document post event or something that compliments a more formal output. The most memorable images or mind-maps are often cut out and used as illustrations and these frequently go on to form a visual short hand for ongoing issues. The audience might be only the participants themselves or a much broader community.
Where can it be used?
Conferences and Events
Illustrating books and presentations (brainstorming with the author)
The four kinds of scribing I commonly use
How I Scribe
I scribe onto both whiteboards and paper. Both work well with boards perhaps being quicker to draw onto and paper having the advantage of having an instant physical output. I digitise and colour both equally well.
For a gallery scribe all I need is a place to sit, listen and draw. And a suitable place to gallery the work. For journey or rich picture scribes I need a flat wall to tape a roll of paper onto (the pens don’t bleed through!) or I can hire pin boards.
At some events people prefer to provide a wall for me to draw on that is in keeping with the design of the event staging. For this I usually liaise with the events team or company to ensure its a workable solution.
When the drawing is done I photograph the work myself and then create a high resolution digital copy which I usually colour digitally and turn around in a couple of days.