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Hiring a Local vs. Non-Local Graphic Recorder


Tanya Gadsby is Fuselight’s Creative Director and Graphic Facilitator.


Graphic recording is a growing industry. Although it’s been in use since the 1960s, in the last 15 years there has been an explosion of graphic recorders taking up the pen. Our international membership organization, the IFVP, has a global map of graphic recorders that’s growing steadily year-to-year:


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IFVP map showing graphic recorders around the world.


Many graphic recorders travel long distances for conferences. Often it’s because we have a specific expertise, way of working, or a long-standing relationship with the client. But since there are more and more graphic recorders around the world, is travel always necessary? Beyond cost savings, what value can a local graphic recorder deliver compared to a non-local graphic recorder?

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Break the “4th Wall” of Webinars

Not another webinar! (at least I can check Facebook on the side)

For teams that meet regularly via webinar, the cold virtual environment can be a motivation killer.

Webinars are a valuable tool in connecting remote teams, and certainly cut time and travel costs; however, in order to be effective, a webinar needs to make the best use of the team’s time and keep everyone on the line engaged and away from their emails. Not an easy thing to do when most webinars are hosted by a dull Power Point slide deck!

MEOPAR Ocean Acidification Conference

As a graphic recorder I get to “drop into” numerous conferences and strategic planning sessions happening both in BC and other provinces.  I also get a bird’s eye view on a variety of industries — from issues big organizations are struggling with, to very complex scientific discussions, to mapping patient journeys in health care.

In February, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response network hosted an international conference to discuss the current research on ocean acidification, and I graphic recorded the information rich panel discussions. (I can now say I’m an amateur expert in ocean acidification!)