Date: July 13, 2015
Date: July 13, 2015
Date: July 13, 2015
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.
In March, I worked at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research‘s booth at Wasser Berlin International for four days. My task was to collect and visualize the visitors’ visions for the future of water management. The minister, Johanna Wanka, stopped by to talk to students from Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium (Ulm). You can see me do my thing in some of the pictures:
In January, I cooperated with seven other graphic recorders (Anne Lehmann, Ka Schmitz, Susanne Asheuer, Imke Schmidt, Magdalena Wiegner, Tobias Solcher, and Jonas Möhring) on a project focused on bringing young people from other European countries to Germany for vocational training.
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 popped up in many different places, 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 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.
Cyborg Unplug received a lot of press last year, after they announced a device that would automatically kick Google Glasses out of your wireless network. Now that Google has announced that they will discontinue the controversial device, the hype has died down, but Cyborg Unplug can still be used to get rid of a range of other surveillance devices.
Last year, the creators of Cyborg Unplug, Julian Oliver and Samim Wininger, asked me to make a number of illustrations explaining how to use the device. Here’s a screenshot from the Cyborg Unplug website:
A while ago, Scott Torrance asked me whether it would be okay to include a few of my drawings in an e-book he was putting together. He sent me a draft version, and lo and behold, it featured the work of some people I admire greatly (plus some people I had never heard of who are also amazing). So of course I said yes.
Little did I know the book, which was eventually published under the title 143 Visuals would make such a splash. First published on gumroad.com, it was then featured on slidehare.net (where it’s been viewed more than 13,000 times, at the time of this writing), and then made its way to iTunes, where it’s still available for free.
In case you’re interested, you can also read a short interview with Scott Torrance on Mike Rohde’s blog Sketchnote Army.
Looking forward to the sequel, 144 Visuals!
Last year, I did the graphic recording at the Forum Media and Development (Forum Medien und Entwicklung, FoME) conference in Berlin. You can find the images on my Flickr page. Now, the FoME website has been relaunched, with my graphic recordings featured prominently on the landing page. I think it looks great!