What is Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation and Real-Time Data Capture?

Graphic Recording

Graphic recording captures the pertinent ideas of a talk, presentation or discussion, and presents those specific points, statements, and agreements in graphic format. Using either whiteboards or large sheets of butcher paper and markers, the graphic recorder captures this information in real time, sometimes in combination with pre-made templates. The end product is large; graphic “maps” capture the discussions and work of the group.  It is a visual record and a tool to stimulate further conversation in the future. Using graphic recording, with both its visual and written elements provides a powerful tool that enhances learning, ideation and communication between groups and individuals.

Graphic recording assists the learning process by focusing the thoughts and ideas of people who may have radically different problem-solving styles. Graphic recording provides a visual tool that brings individuals together and directs them towards effective, innovative solutions.

Graphic Facilitation

Graphic facilitation is a combination of two major parts of effective meetings: facilitation and graphic recording. It uses visual graphics and thought-captures to help individuals and groups “see” their lessons, process a specific issue or situation, and move forward on the same page.  The graphic facilitator encourages learning by providing the tools and the graphics to draw out the best practices in the room.

“Graphic Facilitation is a type of “explicit group memory” – a way of capturing the thoughts of group members in real time and making those thoughts available to the whole group. Practitioners of graphic facilitation (called graphic facilitators or graphic recorders) use felt marking pens and large (4-feet-high and 10-to-15-feet-long) sheets of butcher paper, sometimes in combination with pre-made templates, for organizing group member’s thoughts.”

Geoff Ball, article in “Graphic Facilitation Focuses a Group’s Thoughts

By merging verbal and visual communication, the graphic facilitator can encourage the creative potential of all participants and maximize their problem-solving skills. Individuals who find it difficult to express themselves with words often find pictures and other graphics to be helpful communication tools. Graphic facilitation encourages participation in discussions using these visual cues. When everyone is involved and interested, the group as a whole is enriched and able to find creative, solutions.

Real-Time Data Capture

Real-time data capture incorporates graphic recording and data capture, using documentation, audio capture, and photography to provide you with the full documentation of your event. This full package provides the graphic illustrations, as well as session notes, photos, and audio in real time. This information is provided in a deliverable form of your choice – flash drive, website, CD.