Reasons to be cheerful on a laptop

Reasons to be cheerful 1 2 3

Reasons to be cheerful on a laptop

Reasons to be cheerful 1 2 3

The world of work has changed forever. The business world has be sent to work from home. And it’s important as we all have to do our bit to flatten the curve. And while there are many terrifying things going on, there are still some reasons to be cheerful.

Virtual working is good for the environment picture

1. It’s good for the environment

Every business traveller extends a certain level of cognitive dissonance when they get on the plane. We know what we are doing. Now instead of sitting in a traffic jams on our own we are at the breakfast table for an extra hour. Instead of sitting on a plane to have a meeting in a similar office half way round the world we’re flipping open a laptop in a hastily constructed bedroom office. Instead of burning (quite as many) fossil fuels we’re nipping up stairs for a call and still getting things done..

A person working remotely

2. More Focus

When we flip that laptop open for a call to make it good we need more focus than ever. Meeting hosts have more responsibility than ever before to make sure their meetings are engaging, concise and to the point. People are exposed to multiple distractions. Without the normal office rules, meetings need to be engaging, with clear goals and a lot shorter. This is a good thing for everyone.

A person working in a new way

3. Opportunity to do things differently

For every one Youtube Star with a massive microphone and great camera there are approximately 14million people on Zoom accidentally muted with their cameras angled up their nostrils. Some people have been in the virtual meeting, online events and streaming space for years. Everyone else is rapidly catching up. We are going to see people getting better cameras, sorting out their backgrounds and wearing a shirt for a call. But this is also a great opportunity to ditch the 9-5 day, remove the need for an office to meet in and throw away the old agenda…

Do not despair, we have many things to be cheerful about in our new world of work. See you online!

Illustration credit Jack Brougham 2020

A home working cartoon

COVID19 Live Illustration Update

A home working cartoon

Live illustration is a business that operates on attending meetings and drawing pictures of what people are talking about. And guess what – we are still doing that! 

Around the world people are feeling terribly anxious about their health, their family and their work. So wherever you are we want to send you our feelings of support in this tricky time.

We are entering a new world of meetings and events. And that is actually really quite exciting. Live  Illustration’s mission continues, to bring meetings to life in a fun and engaging way with hand drawn images.

We are just doing it virtually now! 

It’s a new world for meetings and events and we are all feeling our way through this new reality. If you’d like to have chat about how to make your virtual meetings and events more engaging and fun with facilitation and visuals, get in touch we’d love to talk.

Illustration credit Josh Knowles 2020

A Graphic Recording of a Volcano

Hall of Fame: Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty

A Graphic Recording of a Volcano

In 2017 we visualised a conference titled ‘Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty’ at the Geographic Society in London. It featured many talks on Volcanoes, Landslides and Earthquakes. It was thoughtful, scientific and terrifying.

A drawing showing a Chinese Debris Flow
A scribe of a talk about the Makran Subduction Zone

The hour and twenty minute scribe featured four speakers. All of whom delivered startling talks on the research areas to the uninitiated. The headlines are if you can see a post earthquake debris flow heading towards you say your prayers as you have minutes to live. There will be a giant earthquake in Iran as the Arabian sea is trying to get under it. Small island communities have not been helped by colonialism, and it’s the legacy of poor infrastructure that causes terrible problems. And if a volcano goes off nearby it’s everyones problem.

Disaster Management on small islands drawing

Dufalyte Wall used at GiF 2018

Global Innovation Forum 2018

For the last few years Live Illustration has had a proud association with the Global Innovation Forum. It's a great event with a friendly atmosphere and every year attracts a great array of speakers. This year we took a different approach and built a giant drawing wall, using a Dufalyte 'Ultra Board'. Two days with two scribes drawing created an image of almost 'Where's Wally' level complexity.


Large illustration from a big event.
Global Innovation Forum 2018 visualisation. Two scribes working with two days of content.