Learning Graphic Facilitation with Bigger Picture

How do you figure out what to draw?

That is very often a question a graphic facilitator asks oneself when preparing for or on the fly in a meeting.

Once you have decided that you want to be more visual in meetings, you have bought all the tools needed (Tools) and you have gotten started with some basic drawing techniques (7 Elements), you will eventually face the challenge of creating icons for a specific context or moment.

The video “8th Element” gives you the basics for doing this. After more than 10 years of experience with trial and error, curiosity and endless sketches, we have narrowed it down to 3 steps and 3 simple tips, which can get others started. Very often the words we want to visualize seem too complex and we stop trying even before we have begun.

The trick is to help the mind look beyond the complex and find the easy simple parts. Once you understand that practically everything can be boiled down to a handful of strokes, you will have found a way to create and expand your visual language. On your own, but even more importantly – with others.

We hope you find it useful.

Stay tuned for more videos around topics such as skills, tools and templates.


Watch or revisit the other videos here



Draw more, Together!

The Bigger Picture Team

John Cleese on creativity

We watched the very inspiring video of John Cleese about how to inspire creativity within yourself. We made a visual summary of it – and of course would like to share it with you. We in Bigger Picture believe that everyone can draw just as Cleese believes that “Creativity is not a talent – it’s a way of operating” – so grap your markers, open your mind and go to open mode!


Bigger Picture & Triodos Bank’s video on sustainable banking

We are really excited to share with you a video we made in collaboration with Triodos Bank. Click on the drawing from the video and watch it on Youtube.

BiggerPicture_Triodos_EnergyVisionIcons_22To read more about Triodos Bank, click here.

Looking back at EuViz14 in Berlin


Together with 240 people from all over the world we participated in the European Conference for Visual Thinkers, Practitioners, Graphic Recorders and Facilitators in Berlin. The Conference was about connecting the dots by discovering patterns, expanding views and exploring possibilities and actions.

EuViz 2014 was hosted by Neuland and Kommunikationslotsen – and their teamwork was an inspiration for everyone!


It was great to connect with new and old faces. We had interesting conversations and learned a lot by sharing stories and watching techniques. It was also great to travel together as a team and we finally started blogging again. And last but not least; We can’t wait to try out the new Work Visual APP by Holger Nils Pohl.



Bigger Picture hosted a track about Education, Learning and Training. Below the result from 2 days work around questions like: When will the world see its first master degree in Graphic/Visual Facilitation? When will (or where already) are skills taught in schools, at universities and in MBA programmes? When will it become part of national education plans?


As part of the track Søren Lybecker from DTU Management Engineering gave two short presentations. You can see both here: 1: Why is Strategic Visualization and Graphic Facilitation important for engineers? 2: The Future of Strategic Visualization and Graphic Facilitation?


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We enjoyed Berlin!

EuViz – The last days…

Better late than never… We are now back in Copenhagen and here is a little recap from day 2 and 3 at the EuViz Conference in Berlin.


Day 2 was about expanding views and we all participated in several sessions to learn more about skills, methods, practice and get inspired. In the afternoon we continued sharing where we dove into stories together with David Sibbet.

On day 2 together with Loa I attended a session by Michelle Boos-Stone about Selling Clients Not Just Visuals, But a Powerful EXPERIENCE with Visuals. The session was about thinking out of the box to serve your clients and Rachel was so kind to share her experiences and knowledge with us.

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Michelle Boos-Stone: Selling Clients Not Just Visuals, But A Powerful EXPERIENCE with Visuals

Later same day Thomas, Loa and I were a part of a sessions by Barbara Siegel What they think when we draw. Neurocognition and Graphic Facilitation. This session was very much inspiring where Barbara talked about how viewers’ brains are processing visual information while we draw.

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Barbara Siegel: What they think when we draw. Neurocognition and Graphic Recording



On Friday Day 3 it was time to visit one of the 5 tracks again. The day was also about exploring possibilities and connecting the last dots. We did open space sessions and everyone had the chance to add a topic or a burning question to the agenda.



On day 3 I was on track 1 MENTAL MODELS for ADVANCED VISUAL FACILITATION facilitated by David Sibbet and Rachel Smith. This track was about metaphors and mental models for systems and becoming aware of when and how we use them. Shortly after the track I interviewed Rachel Smith. Her key takeaway was that the diversity of perspectives really strengthened the discussions and the outcome was diversity in metaphors.

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David Sibbet & Rachel Smith: Mental Models for ADVANCED VISUAL FACILITATION

Meanwhile the rest of the Bigger Picture team facilitated track 3 EDUCATION, LEARNING & TRAINING. Together with the participants Bigger Picture brainstormed on how a future scenario for education, learning and training in the field of graphic facilitation could look like.

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