Working big gives everyone the same view.

Working big gives everyone the same view.

Graphic Recording

Graphic recording, sometimes called visual note taking, done live, in real-time, enhances visual thinking and allows a group to see a conversation take shape as only visual communication can. They see that what they are saying as it is being captured and know they are being heard. It helps participants focus on the content, follow the progression, refer back to earlier points and see the accumulation. Working with markers and paper, Lynn Carruthers uses hand-written text, icons, and images to craft a visual record. More than just a simple record of the points being made, a graphic recording captures the spirit of the energy in the room. A graphic recording creates a visual record of both the points made, and the relationships and connections that exist between those points.

The variety of settings and situations where graphic recording can provide value is endless. Lynn is always happy to have a conversation to discuss how graphic recording will work for you. 

Lynn Carruthers is a master graphic recorder and I can’t think of a superlative strong enough to convey our experience working with her. She’s been part of our core team on two national convenings of theatre people – a highly verbal, opinionated and passionate group. Lynn has the rare gift of being able to quickly grasp meaning from fast-flying words and transform them into a visual language. We’ll continue to find ways to partner with her again and again!
— Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic Programs/ITI-US Theatre Communications Group

Why Graphic Recording?

"How Art Works",  National Endowment for the Arts Asheville, NC April 2012

"How Art Works",  National Endowment for the Arts
Asheville, NC April 2012

  • To signal that this is a different kind of meeting
  • Enables the facilitator to focus on the group dynamics
  • To promote consensus amongst a team that is not yet a team
  • Facilitates the process of people getting their ideas out, and making meaning of them
  • Encourages participation, ownership, and creativity
  • Gives non-English speakers a visual reference of a presentation that might have gone by a little too quickly for their comprehension
  • Makes it possible to see a working conversation as a whole instead of a list of unconnected parts
  • Helps us better remember what the conversation or presentation was really about
When I look at your work, I can confirm what I thought I heard.
— Takebe Koichi, Nissan Motor Company