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.