Welcome to my blog!

This is a blog about graphic recording, and mostly focuses on topics related to education.


What is graphic recording?

Graphic recording is the craft of recording ideas and processes visually. It is typically employed with facilitated groups wanting a visually appealing record of their session. The graphic recorder listens attentively to group contributions, and attempts to link and organize ideas in a logical and meaningful manner. This process is known to appeal to visual learners, inspire participants, encourage participation and creativity, and produces a visual that can be utilized in a variety of ways.


How I got into graphic recording:

I started graphic recording at informal sessions where instructors discussed readings on the theme of Education and professional practice in 2011, and people continue to seek me out to provide this service at facilitated sessions. I am learning so much through these experiences, and look forward to more graphic recording opportunities in a diversity of areas. Currently, I attend facilitated meetings and group sessions where I record the group’s process in a large-scale format. I also bring my sketchbook along to conferences and meetings where I basically doodle my notes and try to remember to post them here.


My vision for this blog:

As I get more comfortable with graphic recording and more consistent with my blogging, I hope that my wordpress site becomes a space for dialogue and critical discussion about the issues I am recording. When I record a session in this way, I remember so much more than if I listen without taking notes. I also think more critically about the topics being presented/discussed because I am retrieving and processing information in ways that I don’t do if I am not trying to represent the ideas with symbols, text and linking. I have a sense that this can be a useful tool for students, but there might be a lot of front-end work to prepare them and get them into the habit of creative sketch noting/recording. In my experience, looking back at that sketchbook after a conference or a series of sessions, I have a lot more knowledge than if I hadn’t taken these notes in such a visually-appealing (to me, anyway) manner. I’d love to hear your ideas on the potential for graphic recording/sketchnoting with students!


Please contact me for more information, and follow me on twitter @jennwicks or @JennJennQatar


12 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m so happy to have found a blog about graphic recording. I worked at a boutique design studio which used the graphic recordings, something I’ve never seen before, but became fascinated with. I’m planning to take the scribing course through Alphachimp Studios, and hopefully begin doing some recording myself. Good luck on this blog, and keep up the great work.

  2. MaggieB says:

    Hey Jenn, love what you’re doing. It’s all new to me, so I need to spend some time with your Global Innovators Conference records before I comment further. Very cool!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hi Jenn, I came across your blog quite by accident, and was surprised to learn that we were in some of the same sessions at Fusion 2013. Had I known someone in the room was sketching notes, I would probably have searched you out! I want to learn graphic recording and have just ordered a couple of books, and of course I just followed you on Twitter. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to seeing more blog entries as you practice your sketching.

    • jennwicks says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for your feedback! What a coincidence that we were both at the same sessions and we share an interest in graphic recording. Ask me anything πŸ™‚

      Are you already doing some graphic recording? If so, where?

      I really like Brandy Agerbach’s stuff. She’s amazing!

      Maybe see you at next year’s conference πŸ™‚


  4. kyle says:

    Hi Jenn,

    Where are you based out of?

  5. Ruth Bradley says:

    Hi Jenn,
    I have been wanting to get into graphic recording. But before finding your blog which I don’t even know how because I was doing something else total not about graphic recording. Anyway, I don’t even know where to begin. Can you please give me some guidance. I want to buy books etc… and I saw you took the AlphaChip course. I was wondering if you recommend it to someone like me at the beginners level and with not much drawing experience? All your info and guidance will be greatly appreciated. I am from small city where in this area we are three hours from a big city. So things are very behind here. Not much information or innovation.


    • jennwicks says:

      Hi Ruth,

      I think the Alphachimp course is perfect for beginners. It focuses on simple drawing techniques, practice, and you get experience photographing and sharing your work with the class (if you feel so inclined). The highlight of the course for me was the personal Skype chat with Peter Durand. He’s very supportive, and answered some of my specific questions about graphic recording!

      Get as many resources as you can and be sure to search for sketchnoting as well as graphic recording, graphic facilitation, and visual practitioner…there are lots of different variations out there which can all support your exploration of which aspects suit you best. Check out Brandy Agerbeck’s stuff – she has lots of Youtube videos and a great book on graphic facilitation.

      Good luck!


  6. Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel says:

    Hi Jenn!

    I was just browsing through your amazing work. Where do you get your supplies from (ie. markers, etc.)?

    Hope all is well with you!


    • jennwicks says:

      Hey Joleyne,
      Thanks! I mostly use Neuland markers http://ca.neuland.com/ but sometimes they don’t look as vibrant as I would like (depends on the surface I’m using). So, while I love Neuland’s refillable markers, I sometimes just use Mr. Sketch (the smelly ones) or even Sharpies, depending on the surface, size of the product, etc.

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