I’m right smack in the middle of leading one of my Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals online courses.
My course that teaches fellow Process Professionals the ins and outs of working visually with groups and individuals (i.e. studio work, graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching).
We’ve attracted another wonderful cohort from across the English speaking world: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Scotland and Germany. I wish I could teach in other languages too, but alas I’m just limited to the one language I speak (besides visual language of course).
ADVANCES IN TECHONOLOGY:
I’m so excited with the way online technology is moving. Things that were once only figments of my imagination are now popping into reality.
Leading this course via online means is an act in itself (only doable the last few years). Now, with the advent of tablet technology, I can weave all sorts of live demos and teaching segments into the course, rather than just delivering it in static ways.
Working online is not perfect … as you will witness in the video snippet below. There are delays with fussing with controls and the inevitably audio and visual drops that occur. But its amazing the kinds of things that can be taught online now very effectively, including tactile and experiential things like learning the ins and outs of graphic recording and graphic facilitation basics.
COLOR TIPS VIDEO:
Below is a snippet from Wednesday’s session, where I give a high level summary regarding the selection and use of appropriate color for your creations (whether you are working in the physical world with various paper, whiteboard or foamcore surfaces or in the virtual world with tablets).
Some simple color tips it behooves you to keep in mind to make your visual work as effective as possible, including lettering, icons and highlighting tips…
A FURTHER NOTE ABOUT HIGHLIGHTING:
When I do an adhoc sharing like this, I sometimes forget to cover a few things that I should have. Thank you Franki for your question that prompted me to talk about the use of black for drawing (don’t draw in other colors … especially the ones we use for lettering … its too distracting for the nervous systems of our viewers). I also didn’t return back to the ‘coloring’ topic as I meant to. I showed how to use yellow and orange for coloring. You can also use many, many other colors for bringing highlighting to your charts (pastels shades of gray, blue, brown, green are my favorites … and occasionally other colors too, depending on the nature of the content that is being scribed).
EMERGENCE OF YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE:
Coloring of your charts is eventually a very personal thing — one component in the creation of your signature style. So start with these basic, beginning tips, then over time you will enlarge into coloring in ways that suit you, your content areas and your market.
YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS?!
For those of you who are already working in the graphic recording, facilitation and coaching mediums, please share below your thoughts and experiences with color selection and use. I look forward to reading your suggestions too!
The SHIFT-IT Coach and Interactive-Visuals Mentor
© 2014 Christina L. Merkley
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Christina Merkley, “The SHIFT-IT Coach” is a Visioning and Strategic Planning Expert specializing in Visual Thinking and Inner Alignment techniques. Based in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, she works deeply with individuals, partners and conscious businesses to define and manifest what they truly want. And, trains other Process Professionals in her innovative ways of working. For more information visit: www.shift-it-coach.com and www.visualcoaches.com