Goodies

Over the years I’ve created some posters and templates that have kind of moved into the public domain, along with various pages of icons and fonts for the workshops I’ve taught. It occurred to me that instead of emailing these items individually to people who ask for them, why not simply make them available on my website for anyone to download? (I do figure these things out sooner or later!)

Thus this page, appropriately entitled “Goodies”. Because that’s what you’ll find here: goodies from me to you. Click on an image to download the relevant document – then use, share, and enjoy! And come back again, because I’ll be adding new goodies from time to time. I’ll put up a post on my blog when I do. Which is as good a reason as any to subscribe to my blog. (OK, truth in advertising: it’s currently the only reason to subscribe to my blog, since I haven’t written anything in it for a long time. But I keep meaning to – and if I know I’ll be getting visitors, that will be an excellent incentive to update it!)

Lettering Samples

FontsThis is a 2-page PDF of lettering samples I created for Michelle Boos-Stone’s Graphic Recording Business Boot Camp a couple of years ago. (Awesome course, by the way.) I’ve been a lettering geek ever since I learned how to write – my favourite library book as a kid was a book called The Art of Freehand Lettering, which I took out so often they should have just given it to me. (I know, eh? Nerdiness personified.) Little did I know then that making nice letters would one day be a cornerstone of my career. I think it’s going to be on my gravestone too: “Avril Orloff (19**-20**): She had lovely handwriting.” Ah well, there are worse things to be remembered for…

World Cafe Guidelines

WC guidelines-largeWay back when I started doing graphic recording in 2006, I was asked to create a poster illustrating World Cafe etiquette for a session I was mapping. My first instinct was to simply draw up a list. (Hey, I was just starting out.) My second thought was, “Oh now, let’s have some fun with this!” I opted for the fun, and this is the poster I created. It has since made its way around the world and is downloadable on the World Cafe website (imagine how flattered I was to be asked!). Now you can download it here too.

Over the past 15 years I have had the good fortune to work with many of the leaders in the graphic recording field. Few have been as talented or gifted as Avril. Her fine arts background makes her work a joy to look at, but it is her deep listening and skill in synthesizing that give her work real power. Avril’s graphics not only look beautiful, but you can actually watch the people she was recording for arrive at new understandings when they reflect on her maps of their conversations. Avril adds enormous value to any gathering she records.

Ken Homer – Founder, Collaborative Conversations