Harvesting is an approach we use with groups interested in helping participants in a session understand content and conversations at a systems level. Attention is directed at emergent themes, patterns, and points of divergence and convergence across a set of sessions, modules, or conversations.
We often combine this approach with more focused panel or presentation scribing to allow participants to see details in each piece as well as the connections across the pieces. This tandem approach requires two or more scribes on site, and requires more planning and coordination with the Client. This upfront work is aimed at co-developing a visual structure or framework for the content of a session—often these are structures already used or referenced by the organization, which helps participants engage with the content more readily.
Our knowledge walls can range from 10 to 100 feet, depending on the complexity and duration of the event, the number of scribes in the team, and the available floor or wall space.
We frequently work with Clients to devise engaging processes that allow participants to contribute to content captured on the wall (either in their own hand or by adding post-it notes). We can also integrate content from social media in sessions where we want outside voices are represented in the final image.
Our integrated images, as they evolve over the course of one to five days, prove incredibly useful for participants to track their understanding alongside the physical progress of the wall. As a standalone image, the final digital picture enables participants to communicate their experience, further bridging the off-site time with “back at the office” application of gleaned insight.
In certain contexts, groups move rapidly through intense learning modules that build on one another over the course of a session. Our approach entails a carefully designed visual surround that aims to enable participants to: 1) manage the volume and complexity of the material they are engaging with, 2) make connections across different modules over a long period (several days or up to a month), and 3) use visuals woven into the overall agenda as tools for individual and group reflection.
In our experience, we can use visuals to create a deep space for learning and attention, while aiding in the transition between and across various threads of content.
We have applied this approach successfully in the context of Executive Education, within sessions where individual and group learning is a primary objective. In these cases, we partner with professors to ensure the visuals are culturally embedded to enable sense-making and retention.
It has also proved successful within C-Suite strategy and visioning work, where executives need to be able to see and understand a very large picture, while making connections with all constituent parts.
We have additionally used this approach in online educational offerings and MOOCs, where visual surround is a factor in distance learning.
This is a more traditional form of graphic facilitation—in this context we often refer to it as graphic recording. This mode allows for entire presentations and panel discussions to be captured in a single image. Duration can range from five minutes (for quick TED-style presentations) to up to three hours. We often scribe continuously all day, capturing multiple presentations and panels—a high-focus, high-output activity. For environments with back-to-back sessions, we recommend a team of two scribes for a faster turnaround of images and to allow scribes to rest between sessions.
Images created in this mode are often—though not always—intended for larger audiences. Because images are created in real-time, participants aren’t always able to see them in detail so the focus tends to be on creating a gallery or central display area where participants can engage with the images during breaks, outside plenary sessions.
We have also worked with clients to increase image visibility during sessions by filming and projecting the images on large screens next to the speakers. Alternately, scribes can capture sessions digitally and project the images onto screens in the front of the room.
In our experience, hand-drawn images are easier for participants to engage with. Moreover, they are considerably more powerful precisely because they are not digital—in a digital world, handcrafted things have higher “wow” power.
Occasionally a Client has an idea they want to use over and over to tell a story, and they are looking for a visual tool to complement their narrative toolkit. We work with clients to gain a deep understanding of their content, and in the process help them build confidence in their communication. We help unlock clarity for the client—as outsiders, we work with the client by asking critical and foundational questions about what is being communicated.
The resulting Single Frame is a beautiful image you can be proud to share with your audience, whether online, in person, or in print. You have also succeeded in refining your messaging and can tell a clearer, more powerful story thanks to the time and energy you’ve invested in getting down to the detail.
We've worked with a wide range of organizations to co-develop tools that help extend learning outside of a specific moment in time. From learning cards to learning journals, stickers to beach towels—we work with you to understand what your learning objectives are, and then design custom tools to advance learning for individuals, teams, and organizations. We're happy to explore new possibilities with you!
Moving images increasingly lead engagement in visual media, especially in online environments. Providing your audience with dynamic, creative, visual stories is a great way to advance your work and connect with your audience.
We've created a number of animations for online learning platforms and MOOCs, as well as internal organizational change and learning efforts that require active engagement from employees. For attracting eyes online and sharing your story, the moving image has evolved into an accessible, powerful tool to have at your disposal.
Please note: For reasons of confidentiality, we are unable to share our work publicly. If you're interested in seeing a sample of our animation work, please reach out and we can coordinate with our clients to get approval.
In-person scribing is not always an option due to time, budget constraints, or other unforeseen circumstances. With the advent of video conferencing services like WebEx and Zoom, digital scribing can be an effective alternative, with the added benefit of allowing a faster path to creating final deliverables.
In addition to offering this remote service, we also provide onsite digital scribing support for large-scale conferences and events. Digital scribing may be the perfect tool to complement your event, whether you want all participants to see and engage with the images we create, or you wish to share the images in near-real-time.
Deliverables are one of the most important parts of the post-production process. A strong report needs to transcend the real experience by making readers feel like they were there (and missed out!). Our documentation process translates well to digital and print media, capturing the flow, intention, and possibilities that blossom during a successful event.
Deep listening is core to our work. This intentional gathering of information extends into a thorough visual framework with refined, engaging layouts.
We design in the same manner that we create visual panels: We consider all the inputs and make sense of all components to engage and advance dialogue and exploration.
While we don’t offer website design as a standalone service, we do offer web design services if we believe a web presence can significantly advance the work we’re mutually engaged in.
If you want to engage participants before an event, share a deliverable in a compelling format, or engage a community in dialogue and conversation, we can help.