Virtual Scribing

What is Virtual Scribing?

We have in the past decided on a definition for Graphic Recording and we have tweaked it as follows:

Virtual graphic recording or scribing is the creation of digital imagery to capture groups and individuals progress towards a goal. The method is used in various online processes such as online meetings, virtual seminars, digital workshops and streamed conferences. This visual process is conducted by a virtual graphic recording artist or virtual scribe.

Virtual Graphic recording is exactly the same as normal scribing, except the graphic recording artist is working remotely. And rather than say ‘remote graphic recording’ we went with ‘virtual’ because they’ll be plugged into a computer.

We are still listening to what people say and visualising it. But perhaps now more than ever a scribe live illustrating a meeting is a vital component. Meeting organisers are in a battle for participant engagement like never before. 

An artists impression of the new world of virtual scribing. Drawn by one of our Graphic Recording Artists.

A visual engagement tool..

A set of visuals from the meeting provide an incredibly hook for people to latch onto within a virtual and online meeting space. The goal of simplify complex ideas with hand drawn visuals remains true. And in anyways the delivery mechanism allows for an even more direct delivery this info to peoples screens.

Tech Agnostism

There are many different forms of virtual or remote meeting out there. And these all require a highly adaptable approach. Is the event a call with 10 people in it? Is it a webinar with a 100+ and live twitter polls? Is it a live stream going out to hundreds of thousands of subscribers?  A virtual graphic recording artist needs to be adaptable to these scenarios. The core of the artist does remains the same. But the meetings themselves are changing rapidly…

General guidelines..

Our Live Illustration Virtual Meeting Manifesto below is a starting point for virtual meeting design. And if those protocols are followed, event in part, it makes the virtual scribe’s job easier. But in terms of specific tech to use at this moment in time we recommend using iPad’s with Procreate. An iPad Pro is currently one of the easiest devices to draw on (Apple are NOT paying us to say this). And Procreate is a fantastic drawing tool which can project into web based virtual call packages. We use Zoom and Teams primarily. 

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