One challenge I frequently face as a graphic recorder, is how to draw faces. If the people are present, they might be insulted by an unflattering portrayal, if they aren’t present, their names are usually all I have to go on. Some people use smartphones or tablets to do quick google searches while they’re doodling, but I’m usually so focused on my drawing, I can’t imagine switching between notebook and tablet. For better or worse, that’s what the result typically looks like:
Brainstorming meetings about a print edition of correspondents.org, with stories from Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, proved to be particularly inspiring for my visual imagination.
When I discovered the power of visual notetaking, I started doodling at every meeting I attended, slowly refining my style, and building up my icon library.