The presentation above is a really great example of an effective use of graphics to get across a message to your audience. The content is also really interesting if you are interested in pursuing visual recording. I particularly liked the couple of slides (which I have copied below) that give a few tricks for quickly sketching words and ideas into pictures.
Now, I know it says that visual recording is not about being artistic – and I somewhat agree, somewhat disagree. I look at some of these visuals and I am blown away by how awesome they are and then struck with the “I couldn’t possibly…” disease! The more I look into it, the more I realize that it is like anything else: get a few good tools under your belt, practice, practice and did I mention you might want to practice?
The next video is from Rachel S. Smith who is a visual recorder/visual facilitator and she is specifically speaking about using the iPad for this. Her talk (which is done in Brushes) is really interesting and she gives information on four apps that you could use if you wanted to give this a go. A great suggestion she makes if you are someone who is wanting to give this a go but don’t currently have a conference to attend, is to try it out on a YouTube video – or a TED talk. The four apps she gives information on:
- Ideas by Adobe (free) – according to Sarah but the app I found was $9.99
- Air Sketch by Qrayon ($4.99)
- Brushes by Taptrix ($4.99)
- Sketchbook Pro by Autodesk ($7.99)
What about a stylus? I have not used one on the iPad (although when John finishes his apple pie, he is going to hunt one down from an old phone of his so I can give it a go). If I were to buy one, however, the cosmonaut would be my choice.