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.
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 somepeopleIadmiregreatly (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.