What I do

When I say I draw out your best thinking, I mean exactly that. I help people see what they’re saying by translating their thoughts into images, connecting individual ideas into larger themes and patterns, and bringing the Big Picture to light – literally and figuratively.

What_I_Do_cw_2This often shows up as graphic recording, the process people usually think of when they picture a visual practitioner. In my role as a graphic recorder, I create a visual record of meetings and gatherings in real time, capturing key ideas and information as they emerge. The product is a dynamic and colourful “visual executive summary” that serves as a resonant reminder of the meeting and a jumping-off point for ongoing conversation. Find out more…

But there’s more!

Visual facilitation is another hat I wear more and more often. In this role I usually partner with a regular facilitator to design meetings that actively use visuals as a facilitative tool. This can involve things like:

  • using images to stimulate fresh thinking about core concepts
  • designing collaborative visual workspaces and process
  • developing visual workbooks for ongoing reflection and engagement
  • …and much more! Really, the sky’s the limit.

Why use visual facilitation? Here’s why…

And in addition to “live” work, I also create custom graphics in my studio – products such as templates, posters, visual agendas and history maps – for clients who want to present information in more compelling and (we can say it, can’t we?) beautiful ways. Learn more…

Since 2006 I’ve been putting my visual thinking skills to work to animate meetings, conferences, workshops and other gatherings for a wide range of clients in all sectors, including corporations, community groups, government agencies, and educational institutions. (Want names of some of the companies and organizations I’ve partnered with? Contact me – I’ll be happy to share!)

Whatever the setting, I’m happiest when I can help people navigate complex issues and chart a clear path forward in the most enjoyable, creative and fun ways possible. Yes, fun – because life is too short to be solemn, and anyway, we do our best work when we’re having a cracking good time! When we’re having fun we’re fully present, fully engaged, full of joy, and as open as we’ll ever be. Those are qualities that are just as worth having at work as at play. Wouldn’t you agree?

Avril is a gifted visual storyteller with incredible energy and strong interpersonal skills. For five days she facilitated our company’s presence at the TED Conference, documenting conversations between our staff and TED conference attendees. Her bold, colorful graphics were the major draw to our booth space and helped us attract hundreds of curious conference goers. Avril is professional, yet friendly and engaging. She comes with strong ideas but is also highly open to feedback and direction. We photographed all her drawings and have since used them in many sales pitches and proposals. In a world of more expected graphic design, her hand-drawn graphics really stand out in the crowd.
Jennifer Hoffman – Senior Director of Marketing, EverFi, Inc., Washington, DC