Advice on how to tell a story, to whom and how. Focusing on visual communication.

What is graphic recording? – Infographic

What is graphic recording exactly? This narrative infographic by my colleague Richy K. Chandler is one attempt to explain. We both offer visual recording/sketchnoting services here at Business illustrator. This is Richy's visual explanation of what a visual scribe can do.. (If you want an explanation of the terminology - check out this post on [...]

One core message + visual metaphor = effective communication campaign

During my career as an online producer for Greenpeace and other nonprofits I learnt a very important lesson: find the core message and visualise it. There can be only one... (core message)   Often other people in the organisation (experts and senior managers) came to me with a request to add about 7 "equally important" points [...]

Science needs more comics artists – interview with the creators of Neurocomic

Every time I see somebody explaining scientific concepts in an engaging way I feel like doing a little dance. So when I came across the graphic novel Neurocomic I did a proper 70s disco dance routine. Neurocomic explains neuroscience, or brain science, through an engaging story and clever visual metaphors. I interviewed the creators Matteo [...]

By |2018-01-26T20:56:30+00:00May 22nd, 2014|Communication tips|0 Comments

Graphic recording vs event sketchnoting – which service to use to illustrate an event?

Graphic recording services are very popular these days. You might have been to an event where an illustrator  draws what's been said on a giant sheet of paper or a whiteboard. There's something about drawings that help people see the topic or a problem in a different light. The visuals literally help people to get [...]

By |2018-01-26T20:56:30+00:00April 30th, 2014|Communication tips, Event scribing|4 Comments

8 Tips for being a Graphic Recorder

This is a guest post by my London based Business Illustrator colleague Richy K. Chandler. Richy has a background in comics writing and illustration (if you've ever read the Wallace & Gromit newspaper strip you've read Richy's work). Recently Richy has been venturing into the fascinating world of graphic recording (also known as creative scribing). Here's what Richy [...]

By |2018-01-26T20:56:35+00:00October 9th, 2013|Communication tips, Event scribing|2 Comments

How to create infographics

This is a guest post by Matt Haworth, director and co-founder of Reason Digital, a UK based social enterprise that helps nonprofit organisations get the most out of digital media. The data resource links are aimed at UK based nonprofits, everything else is universally applicable. This is the second part of a two part series. His [...]

By |2018-01-26T20:56:35+00:00August 15th, 2013|Communication tips|1 Comment

What makes a good infographic?

This is a guest post by Matt Haworth, director and co-founder of Reason Digital, a UK-based social enterprise that helps nonprofit organisations get the most out of digital media. This is the first part of a two-part series on infographics. You might also want to read the second part of this post: How to create infographics. A [...]

By |2018-01-26T20:56:35+00:00July 26th, 2013|Communication tips, Infographics|1 Comment

Why you should think like a cartoonist

Martin Shovel is a writer, speechwriter, cartoonist and communications expert. He is an occasional contributor to the
 Guardian’s Mind Your Language blog and the Macmillan Dictionary 
blog, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth. He runs a
communications consultancy CreativityWorks together with Martha 
Leyton. You can follow Martin on Twitter @MartinShovel Alongside your [...]

Forget video, go for PowerPoint in your visual content marketing strategy

  “Can you make us a video? We really need a video to engage our audience.” I've probably heard that sentence dozens of times in my online communications career. For some reason people seem to treat video as some sort of silver bullet of audience engagement. It’s as if a video recording would suddenly transform your [...]

By |2018-01-26T20:56:41+00:00January 27th, 2013|Communication tips, Visual content marketing|8 Comments