Just finished a video for the American Chemical Society explaining their strategic planning process. This was one outcome of a large project that included graphic facilitation, design thinking activities, process mapping, and virtual collaboration. Some highlights:
Our visual notetaking class got a mention in the Nysmith Newsletter:
Teachers left for summer last week after a wonderful seminar by one of our parents, Brian Tarallo. His company, Lizard Brain Solutions, helps companies synthesize complex systems and problems with visual tools. The Nysmith staff worked on various learning styles and explored ways to engage students in deeper experiences with their subject areas. It is a pleasure to have so many talented teachers and parents in our community. And, it is a real joy to be able to concentrate on building the best program possible for these young people who face an increasingly complicated world. While none of us know exactly what their future holds, we do know that they will need the critical thinking skills to delve deeply into many subjects. They will need to collaborate, so they need self-awareness and empathy. They will need to be able to express their ideas in multiple formats, written, spoken, and visual. These all require confidence and character.
Head of School
The Nysmith School
Each of the graphic charts from TEDxFoggyBottom in April 2016 had abstract red lines on a black background. When laid out next to each other, the charts formed the red X of the event logo.
Thanks to Heather Martinez for design inspiration, Ryan Fuhrman for prep work, Heather Lynn Osborn for digital clean up, and Claire Tarallo for sharing the stage and graphic recording with me in front of 1,300 people.
Designed by Heather Martinez, the entire team had a hand in creating this mural for our presentation at the 2015 International Forum of Visual Practioners. The outer space visuals aligned with the theme of our presentation, which asked, "How Can We Orbit Each Other?"
Just spotted: USGIF's Trajectory magazine featured the chart resulting from a world café I facilitated through OGSystems that brought in stakeholders interested in the development of north St. Louis.
In 2015, my grandfather, Richard E. Merkling, turned ninety years old. For his birthday celebration, I compiled all of the stories that he had told me and I had written down over the years. The resulting book, Steady, also gave me fantastic content to do this visual timeline of his life.
I only recently scanned the timeline, which at just over eighteen-and-a-half feet long, is the largest chart I've ever drawn.
The full-resolution version of the timeline can be downloaded here.
Here's a time lapse video of the timeline being drawn:
This studio piece captures the methods behind OGSystems' Immersive Engineering practice. It was featured in Trajectory Magazine, which is published by the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
Here's a timelapse of the drawing:
Basic graphic facilitation icons and pictographs drawn in TiltBrush
Virtual reality offers a nearly limitless canvas for exploring ideas. Here is a collection of facilitation design patterns, captured in VR using Google TiltBrush and the HTC Vive.
Attended a meta-meetup on best practices of holding and organizing meetup groups. Thanks for organizing Rodolfo!
Still a work in progress, the concept behind idea modeling is taking brainstorming or design off the whiteboard and into 3-D space. Idea modeling uses interlocking squares of whiteboard-safe material to capture and relate ideas to each other.
Idea modeling has application to mind mapping, kinesthetic modeling, paper prototyping, design thinking, images of organization, and vision mapping.
Thanks to my friends Heather and Ray Martinez for your invaluable design and production assistance!
Combining TiltBrush, Grove Strategic Visioning templates, and some past work to propose an approach for a two-day meeting.
TiltBrush's recent update allows for multiple reference images, meaning that several visual templates can be used at once. VR graphic facilitation is nearly here!