Graphic scribing tips

Scribing pensThese are tips I have picked up from the Graphic Facilitation group on Facebook about how to build scribing competence:

1) Practice:
Real time practice: Scribe meetings, conversations, interviews, videos such as TED & PBS.
Not real time practice: Scribe book, article, journal, blog piece summaries.
Aim for live size capture when possible i.e. big rather than Sketch note / flipchart.
Review work afterwords – mark up good work, not so good work and think about what went well and what did not go so well and what you can change.

2) Refine:
Lettering, images, placement, supporting structures (arrows, frames) etc by just practicing these areas.

3) Build and practice personal image bank
Develop core concepts that you think you will use.
Use other facilitators work for inspiration (but not copy).
Use published materials i.e. Bikablo.
Consider an index or similar (physical or similar).
Create consistency in style /image use (to build “memory muscle”).

4) Watch
Observe other scribes at work at live events.
Watch videos (youtube etc) of other scribes working.
Review their work: what you like / don’t like, what you notice about their layout, work flow etc.
View other scribe outputs to get sense of space, flow, colours, icon use, clarity etc

5) Get feedback
Ask other scribes and non scribes for feedback on your work
Reflect on feedback and apply to following work / practice

6) Read
Read books related to the area of scribing: facilitation, visual thinking, information visualisation etc
Reflect on what you read: what did you learn? How can you apply?

Any other types, ideas or suggestions?

Written as part of my Working Out Loud project – Graphic scribing

[Image Credit: FreeImages.com William George]

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