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

Way 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. You’re welcome to use this image to support your work. It’s available under a Creative Commons Attribution license, and if you use it publicly, please credit it with a link to my website as well as The World Cafe’s website. Thank you!

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