What is graphic recording and why is it still gaining popularity? Graphic recording is not yet very popular in Poland. Moreover, many people have never even heard of it. Meanwhile, it plays a very important role in motivational or informational processes. What exactly is graphic recording and why will it surely gain popularity?

Accessible visualization

In courts, at various types of conferences or seminars, we often meet a person who records the entire meeting or hearing. Sometimes the record includes every word spoken in the room, sometimes it is only a summary. Let’s imagine that instead of literal notation we are dealing with visual, graphical notation. Interesting, right? Instead of reading long essays, we can use a quick glance to find out what the meeting was about. Graphic recording is a visual record, i.e. a presentation of a situation using a drawing and a very sparing text. This record is intended to summarize the most important issues raised at the meeting. It is somewhat similar to the popular mind map at school, but it is not quite the same. Graphic recording is very accessible, because thanks to it we do not have to read the text, from which we then extract the most important information.

 Often the “abstracts” are not short at all, which is why we don’t read them at all. Meanwhile, thanks to them, we can focus on listening to a lecture or conference, not taking notes. Anyone who has ever participated in an interesting meeting knows perfectly well that taking notes takes a lot of time and often does not allow you to focus on what is really important. Meanwhile, summaries of the meeting require the extraction of relevant information, which makes their preparation very time-consuming. So the solution is graphic recording. It allows you to focus on the content of the lecture or conference, thanks to which we can actively participate in them. What’s more, we don’t need much time to develop it. In fact, you only need to glance at a brief summary of the meeting.

Who is a graphic recorder?

A person who deals with graphic recording is a graphic recorder. This name comes from the English language and has not yet had a Polish equivalent. Sometimes we can simply meet the term graphic designer, but it does not reflect the work that a graphic recorder actually does. His task is not to draw something, but the right choice of illustrations and words. Graphic recording is primarily intended to be useful for the recipient, not to satisfy his aesthetic needs. Therefore, a graphic recorder is not necessarily a person who can draw well and knows art. On the contrary – drawings made by a graphic recorder are often very amateurish and have little in common with real art. They do not have to. Their task is to provide important information from the recipient’s point of view.

Therefore, the graphic recorder must, above all, properly filter everything it hears. It is good if he knows the field of the meeting or conference. Then he is able to extract as much useful information as possible from the general message. The graphic recorder works in the meeting room. He does not note anything, and only later does he make illustrations. On the contrary – it does it on the spot, thanks to which meeting participants have access to the visualization almost immediately after the end of the event.

Why is graphic recording gaining popularity?

Knowing what graphic recording is, no one is surprised that it is becoming more and more popular. Graphic visualization allows you to add splendor to the meeting, and what is more, it proves the professionalism of the organizer. Every year we read less and less – the reason is usually the notorious lack of time for reading. That is why most employees or conference participants perceive the graphic presentation very positively. If it is done well, it reflects everything that is important to the participants of the meeting. A good visual presentation does not need too many words to understand the meaning and message of the meeting. It is willingly used by large corporations or companies organizing trainings or conferences. Nevertheless, graphic recording is not yet very popular in Poland, despite the benefits it brings to both participants and organizers of the meeting. Why? The main reason is the lack of people who deal with graphic recording professionally or even as an amateur. Such a person must put themselves in the shoes of the meeting participants and know what they should present in the visualization. For many artists, this is too difficult a task. Nevertheless, graphic recording came to Poland relatively recently. We can therefore hope that talented people are just polishing their skills in order to be able to use them effectively in the future. Graphic recording, due to its accessible form, will become more and more popular. The condition, however, is the interest in this profession among artists, psychologists and coaches.