Tuesday, 17 July 2018

St Mungo's Graphic Recording turned into Illustration

Earlier in the year I spent a day with a group of researchers at St Mungo's. This was a peer-led research group, looking into the 'push' and 'pull' factors of why people return to rough sleeping.

So why do people return? A lot of the time it's because there isn't the support network around them to make it work, whereas on the streets you're part of a community.

The day I spent with them listening and drawing 'live' was used to illustrate their findings in a report and smaller brochure, and this has just been published:

Thanks to Lucy Holmes from St Mungo's for asking me to get involved.

10 year Anniversary: Merton Centre for Independent Living

I've been working with Merton C.I.L. for 5 years now. The centre for independent living is a peer-led centre for disable people, and is a much valued resource for local disabled residents.

This year was a celebration of how far they've come since they started - they had printed one of my drawings on a cake. This was a first for me, I've never eaten one of my drawings :)

I was there to capture the celebrations and inspiring words (and songs!). A very inspiring and moving day.

Graphic Recording at the Olympic Park, London

This was on behalf of Ludic, for WorldSkills UK.

This was a youth summit focussing on addressing what to do to get young people interested in a career in the construction industry.

We were right next door to Anish Kapoor's sculpture and and all around there was building work going on - so it was an inspiring backdrop for the event!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Live graphic recording, London

Some recent scribing activity - as I've not blogged for a while!

These were for a community foundation and for a patient consultation on sharing health data.

Patients as Partners, NHS London

These three posters were for completely different collaborative health projects. 
They were commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research Northwest London for the Brian Turley award:

They detail the story of different collaborations between patients and clinical staff in order to improve patient care. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

Sustainability Wall, NEC, Birmingham. Live Visual Minutes

This was, on the face of it just another trade fair, subject: packaging.

But team that up with an energetic and passionate debate on plastics, and stir in the mix of supermarkets, politics and packaging manufacturers - and something altogether different, and more interesting happens.

Debate, discussion, strong emotions, questions like: how can we continue like this? (answer: we can't!)

It was great to be a part of this event and get involved in the debate.

Thanks to Caroline Chapple for asking me to do the job.

Thanks to Leo Johnson for the wonderful fish-eye photograph.

And I got to squeeze in a Womble! See below:

Graphic Recording London

Sometimes I'm asked to very dynamic and interactive meetings, that somehow don't reach their target.

When there are no conclusions or actions at a meeting a graphic recording can show this very clearly, with the large amount of blank space in the 'actions' section.

I was asked whether this discouraged the people at the meeting, but no, they were going to used the blank spaces as the starting point for their next meeting!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Storytelling and Comics

I've been trying to learn more about storytelling and comics and so late last year I did a really excellent short 'Comics' course at the Royal Drawing School run by the wonderful Emily Haworth-Booth:

During the course I developed this short story inspired by my grandmother, Doris Fenner.

Bespoke Illustrations

These images were commissioned by a client who has been using them for workshops, in order to communicate their ideas more clearly to a global audience.

Bespoke illustrations like these can be very effective for clients, especially if they are created together collaboratively. Do get in touch if you have a project in mind!