lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2017

Size matters in Graphic Recording

"The bigger the better!" This quote or saying makes us laugh most of the times we hear someone say it ...

... but the truth is that although we always find exceptions to it, it is always a challenge to disagree with topics, the fact is that it is true most of the times. When we think about large versus small in a physical world, generally if there is enough space, the bigger is always better al least in some aspects. When it comes to Graphic Recording it has its own meaning.

Let' start defining what GRAPHIC RECORDING is: it the process through which a person can draw visual maps about a conversation being held at that moment, using simple drawings, connectors and words or simple phrases, in a colourful way. This can be done on a blackboard, using large sheets or continuous paper, or big cartboard posters that hang on pinboards or walls in the room. The key word here is that it has to me simultaneous to the conversation, dialogue, meeting, talk, workshop, or the action that is being visualized through the maps. It happens live in front of the People attending. When watching someone Graphic Record live, people say they get somehow mezmerized and connect with the drawings enlightening more the sense of what is being Heard, unerstood and memorized in the long run.

A most wanted size in my experience is that of a cardboard poster. I generally use 90 cm x 100 cm ones, because they can afterwards be framed in not expensive ways and because by the time they are the larger I have found around that suit quality for me.

Some clients like to give the product of each talk to speakers (sometimes we just roll them up and they take them away after the talks), and others like to frame them at their offices (IKEA and Leroy Merlin in Spain have nice ones in those sizes). For both needs these dimensions are great.


If the room where the Graphic Recording is held is very big (I mean by big, like 1000 people or more inside) it may not be seen by everyone there. Maybe only those near the Graphic Recorder will notice it while it happens. There are ways to get the process noticed by having the drawings exposed on the screens:


Almost every event that holds several talks, choose to show the posters or results of the Graphic Recording once they are finished in a rendez-vous area where people can see them and take the time they need ... to take fotos and selfies :-)

It is usual that even after each talk people get near the drawings that are currently being drawn to see the result. Some cannot wait to get them exposed outside the room :-).

Big sheets of paper and continuos high grammage paper can also be used to draw larger products. Sometimes you draw on stage, and it is wanted that it is large and big. Other times it is just a matter of getting it to be seen by everyone. Clients or organizers have to bear in mind that in these cases more tan one Pinboard is needed, and space to have them and for the Graphic Recorder to stand and walk around also (sometimes you almost fall from satges to the seats places ...)

If the walls or windows can be used (they have to be flat mainly) it is the best way if the sheets are huge. There are special double glueing tapes that leave no damage on most walls. "BlueTack" being used and left in rooms for ages until it damages the walls, has done so much harm to Graphic Recorders up to today. It is the most heard reason I receive for not using the walls. A quick visit to the organizers explaining and showing no damage is done, is the best way of solving this issue.

The larger it is the more spectacular it gets to the audience.

But, the walls are needed or the pinboards, and the client has to know what to do with the result, as it the question here is if there will be enough space for it at the office to be kept and showed. On these occasions, the result sometimes goes to an educational place, or it gets hung at the offices on the café lounge, halls that distribute meeting rooms, or similar. If the result comes from a workshop, project or training sessions it is a good way of keeping the impact on the team to have it sticking arounf for a while.

Another great way to use the product is by digitalizing the result. A photo is the easier and simplest way, and the cheaper also. But the drawings can be vectorized to be used in any kind of digital document, that may just explain what happened, as an internal communications magazin, or a catalogue summarizing the venue. It can be used for brouchures that want to spread the ideas comming from these talks or sessions, or even be crafted into an animated video. These options will be explained next week on the next post.

So the answer is yes. The size matters. Specially within Graphic Recording.

Take care, have fun, love hard :-)

lunes, 11 de septiembre de 2017

Back to school ... back to the BLOG

⇒ HELLO, HI EVERYONE :-) ... Dibu2pia is back

Some things are going to change at Dibu2pia in the following months, and I hope that posting again on the BLOG will be of interest to you all. I will do my best.

And just before I start telling you some news, I really need to apologize. I have been more tan one year missing from here, and that, OMG, has no ammend. Tough times need hard changes sometimes, and not posting was just a symptom for these personal and professional changes. I will try hard and promise to compensate for this blackout.
Nobody said it would be easy, this you all know very well ...

FIRST is that all entries at DIBU2PIA BLOG will be in english.
As a citizen of the world, the most spreadable language in which I can communicate by now is this one, appart from the visual lenguaje which is universal of course. Comments I can handle in Catalan and Spanish my mother tongues, and also in french and russian, my inspirational languajes. Others I will use google translator to work it around.
So, from now on my friends, ENGLISH will be the normal norm here.

SECOND is that I will be posting entries on monday mornings every week. A mix of non confidential work, recommendations, future collaborations, or just any visual thinking thought, tip, event or venue where I have got inspiration from. I will only stick to the common thread of VISUAL THINKING. knowing that this means all kind of TOOLS and THINKING related to show complex ideas, feelings or projects in a non exclusive verbal linear or mathematical way of expression, where drawings, icons, and relations are the main issue.
So, from now on my friends, EXPECT A VISUAL THINKING POST A WEEK on Mondays (bloody mondays).

THIRD is that I am open to new ideas, projects, collaborations and even criticism. Anything can come along. I define myself as a KNOWMAD and love to hear and learn from everyone's experience, advice, lead and help.
So, from now on my friends, COMMENT AND BE IN TOUCH, you are very welcomed.  

And last but not least, I list some of the work I have done on recent months, wich is public and for which I am very grateful and proud to have been involved with. In future weeks I will describe some of the 2016-2017 course Works and also new projects that I am working in right now.

So take care, have fun, and love hard till next week.  

miércoles, 1 de junio de 2016

Dibu2pia en Workplace Conference Madrid 2016 #Beyond2020

Un año más agradezco al equipo de 3G Office el haberme dejado registrar visualmente la #WPC o Workplace Conference en su edición de Madrid este 2016 (se celebran 18 encuentros internacionales).
Francisco Vázquez Médem , presidente de 3G Office hizo todas las presentaciones, y a continuación os dejo la agenda del evento que estuvo rebosante de talento, en la que se habló de las nuevas formas de trabajo que ya están aquí para quedarse, de los espacios donde acontecen y de los procesos de cambio que nos acompañan. No en vano el hashtag y moto de este año es #beyond2020 , es decir, más allá del 2020, fecha ya muy cercana pero aún en el horizonte, y tiempos para los que todas las empresas deben estar ya preparándose a nivel de competir, atraer y mantener el talento de sus equipos humanos.
El evento tuvo lugar en la sede de Endesa de Madrid, edificio espectacular donde los haya, por fuera y por dentro. Además cuenta con un Open Space de coworking sobre el que se habló y que se pudo visitar por parte de los asistentes.
Siempre me gusta fotografiar los auditorios antes del evento, aquí las fotos ...

Os dejo a continuación el registro visual que hice de los speakers, y mesas redondas.

BEATRIZ LARA: "Enterprise, a value creation ecosystem"

JAVIER CREUS: "Pentagrowth: las cinco palancas del crecimiento exponencial"
JUAN CARLOS BAUMGARTNER: "Space 3.0: Design for hapiness"
CASE STUDY ENDESA: Malena Calva Díaz, Agustín del Prado, David García.
ANTONIO HERAS: "How it's made. Workplace transformation"
PANEL CORPORATIVO DE INNOVACIÓN: Borja Baturone, Almudena Cárdenas, Jordi Escruela, Juan Garrigosa, Pablo Hernando, Rodrigo Kuri
SERGI CORBETO + AINHOA FORNOS: "El fin de los zombies corporativos"
Francisco nos sacó un selfie al inicio del evento ...

Y esta soy yo en acción:

Queda pendiente actualizar el post con el resumen de todas las charlas, que espero subir en breve ya que estoy trabajando en ello.
Nos seguimos !!!