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Hand-drawn visuals to make things clear, simple, and fun!
Hand-drawn visuals to make things clear, simple, and fun!

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Experiments are a big part of creativity and innovation, trying new things until you find what works best.
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Visual literacy is essential for all industries in this growing global economy.
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Even quick talks can be captured visuallly - over 2.5 hours of five minute lightning talks at CodeMash.
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With that bias towards action design thinking pushes, it’s easy to jump into prototyping. But pretotyping is the way to go! Had the pleasure of creating some live illustrated visual notes last week for the king of pretotyping, AlbertoSavoia.com
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Graphic recording can take many forms

Graphic recording is most often done live, but there are other options. Like for webinars, where there is no physical meeting space. Graphic recording can still be done in real-time and shared via social media during that webinar. That way, there's a current, immediate visual of the main point being made and a visual document for later.

This image is one of many created and posted on social media during a webinar last week.
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Grab-n-Go Graphic Recording Supplies

A big part of visual thinking involves organizing information. Laying it all out so you can see the big picture. Then, you know exactly what you have to work with. If anything is missing, that becomes obvious, too. And when you need to find something fast, you know just where to look. The same is true with supplies. (To see accompanying pictures, continue reading here: http://bit.ly/1INaH0j)

Choose your markers

I have tons of drawing supplies - I've been collecting them pretty much my entire life! But when it comes to my visual thinking work, I know exactly which markers to use. I made my decision a while ago and stick with it every time. With that decision out of the way, I can get to work much faster. Sticking with the same core drawing materials also gives your work a more unified and consistent look - a big branding bonus!

My Markers of Choice

For most client work, I use Nueland Big One markers. I only use the permanent black ink so it doesn't smear when I color over it. I also use their round-tip Outliner and FineOne markers in black and only in black. When I need an even bolder line, I put the Nueland ink in a thicker paint marker - I love a big, bold line, especially for lettering! 

Simplify Your Color Palette

I've also streamlined my color options quite a bit. I settled on about seven core colors that photograph well. I often carry two of each with me so I don't have to refill so often. No need to bring the refill ink for shorter jobs - so much easier! I usually throw in a few extra colors each time, like for the client's logo. Since I know I won't use those colors much, there's no need to bring the ink for those colors.

Storage and Organization

To store and carry my markers, I love these little mesh cubes from the container store. They're the perfect size for both markers and ink. For local jobs, I have one cube with markers and one with ink. If traveling by plane, I put the markers in a ziplock bag in my carry-on and the ink goes in my liquids bag. The mesh cubes fold up in my suitcase. Whether traveling or not, I always group the black markers together so they're easier to find.

Grab and Go!

The mesh cubes fit perfectly in this clear plastic bag, with room on top for a towel, tape, camera, water bottle, and iPad, if needed. And I love the added bonus of toting my logo around! Since the bag is plastic, if any ink spills, I just wash out the bag. Far worse would be if ink ended up on the client's carpet! So I always bring a towel with me to put all my supplies on.

So that's my grab-n-go bag for graphic recording and visual thinking work! Hopefully, you discovered a few things that will work for you. If so, please share in the comments below. If not, please share what works best for you.


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Something common...

...may become striking when placed in a new environment.

#creativity #visualthinking
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What do you want to know about visual thinking or creativity?

Let me know and I'll blog about them!

#visualthinking #creativity #blog
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The best thinking...

looks at things from far away & up close.

#creativity #visualthinking #flower
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Sketchnotes: The Business Soul Sessions

Check out my new sketchnotes board on Pinterest! Close to 40 sketchnote doodle illustrations for the online ecouse by Beth Kempton will be posted there. Follow along!

#creativity #sketchnotes #visualthinking #elearning #business  
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