Graphic Illustration

What is graphic illustration

Graphic illustration, for example by facilitation or recording, is a way to educate and inspire people via the use of infographics, art and doodles.

Facilitation could include prompting others to draw and doodle as they listen to a speaker at a workshop, or debate within a team. An example of this is World Cafe, an organisation that encourages ‘collaborative dialogue and knowledge-sharing’ within businesses – they do this by discussing set topics and doodling their ideas on the table cloths!

Hanja Hajkel
Psychologist Hanja talking of her own ‘sense of home’ and creative therapies – Berlin workshop (2015)
food geographer workshop
Workshop in Berlin on food and culture, welcoming refugees (2015)

Recording is often seen at large conferences, where one graphic recorder presents a visual synopsis of the topics and debates at hand. By the time the conference is finished, you have a story-telling art piece that can be used to summarise the event and promote future ideas.

Why is graphic illustration important to me?

Infographics and visual prompts can help forge links, whittling complex issues down to something tangible and understandable, and seeing how our role is important in progressing towards a more sustainable society. Also, visual aides are far more memorable than a large block of text, and hopefully something people can stick on their fridges and walls.

How do I use graphic illustration?

I focus on graphic illustration on the topics of food, sustainability and agriculture. We live in a globalised world in which many of the challenges we face – climate change, sea level rise, plastics pollution, famine and conflict, food waste (to name a few…) – are distanced from our everyday actions. I am to connect us back to nature and global geographies again.

I can offer:

  • Infographics and illustrations for topic guides and magazines
  • World Cafe graphic facilitation, using my unique ‘paper tablecloth’ method
  • Graphic recording at conferences and events
  • Logo design for sustainable food and agriculture ventures

alice holden do grow poster

Alice Holden’s ‘Do Grow’ doodle


Work with me

I am always happy to work with ethical and environmental organisations, providing either graphic recording or facilitation for events, conferences, topic guides, publications…the list goes on. If you wish to work with me, I would provide:

  • Pre-event research on speakers and topics
  • Recording or facilitation at the event, using my own materials
  • Professional scanning of the documents, or high quality photographs
  • You get to keep the original copies too!

In return, I charge a day or hourly rate, including material and travel expenses. If you are based outside of London, then I will have to charge more for travel costs. I am also willing to negotiate and create a personalised quote for you, especially if you are a non-profit.