Our mission was to visualize stories told by development workers who had recently returned to Germany from abroad. While most of these stories originated in places like rural Kenya or Colombia, they inevitably dealt with the changes in perspective experienced by the development workers when they returned home, and their struggles to reconcile their views with those who had stayed behind.
I found some of those stories deeply moving, some where funny, and some were quite sad – but in all cases I was impressed by the narrators’ dedication to make the world a better place. I hope, we also made a small contribution to that goal by our graphic recordings.
The project, called MobiProEU, or more to the point, The Job of My Life, is supported by a large number of German training organizations. Each of these organizations presented their contribution at a conference in Berlin, which was attended by illustrious guests such as the German Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Andrea Nahles, and the Spanish Ambassador to Germany, Juan Pablo Garcià-Berdoy Ceresco.
Our task was to visualize each of the 150+ project contributions within about an hour and a half, so the pictures could be scanned, framed, and given to the attendees as a souvenir. I am happy to report that the images have poppedupinmanydifferentplaces, so the concept seems to have worked.
Last November, Christoph Kellner and I did the graphic recording at the “Ankommen in Deutschland” conference in Leipzig, which discussed the situation of refugees in Germany from different perspectives. Our task was to listen for pertinent topics, and visualize them on pieces of A4 paper, which resulted in a sort of mosaic (image by Björn Bernat):
Björn also took some great pictures of us while working, this one is probably my favorite:
Last December, I did the graphic recording at the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna, organized by ICAN Austria. The two days were filled with inspiring talks, although some of them were a real challenge to record, because they really moved me deeply. Chief among those talks was Tetsuko Thurlow‘s (Hiroshima survivor), who spoke about her experiences in a plain yet profound voice. While I found it very difficult to visualize her words, I am grateful that I was granted this experience, and I hope that my images will carry her message further.
Last September, I participated in the development of a new mission statement for Jägermeister, in cooperation with corporate and brand communications agency Klenk & Hoursch. The result was a summary of the process, as well as a “future tree” depicting possible directions for the company. This image also made the cover of “JägerNews”, Jägermeister’s employee magazine.
Last year, I was asked to do the graphic recording at the Excellence in iGaming congress. I was thrilled about the job, because I love both digital and analog games, and I love drawing 8-bit video game characters and gambling paraphernalia such as poker chips, slot machines, and playing cards. My welcome message to the attendants features both in abundance: