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?

I first hired Avril in 2008 to graphically record an event I was planning, and have built graphic recording into our budget for every project and event ever since. Avril has the incredible gift of being able to simultaneously listen to a conversation and distill the most relevant points into images that promote further dialogue. Her charts remind us of our discussion in a way that words can’t, and provide us with a visual reference point that lives as a powerful reminder of the important work we are doing with families and serves as a map to guide our work going forward. 

Keli Anderson – Founder, FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health, and Founder, President & CEO, National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health