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Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration

The Illustrated Conference

Everyone loves illustrations. They add visual interest to books, articles and blog posts, creatively sum up content and attract reader’s attention. It’s true that most grown-up books don’t use them, but these days books are outliers. Look around and you’ll realize that it’s rare to find web content or magazine articles that don’t include images. […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration, #RealCollege 2018

#Realcollege 2018 at Temple University

On September 29 and 30, I was honored to graphically record the events at #Realcollege 2018, a conference organized to address the needs of needy and homeless college students at Temple University in Philadelphia. The conference attracted over 500 attendees from across the country, both social services professionals and students. The energy was palpable, especially […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration

Breakthrough Visuals on Fox 29

On Tuesday, October 2, I got a call out of the blue by a reporter from Fox 29, the local network affiliate. He told me that the station was running a little contest to find the best suggestion for a mascot for SEPTA, the public transportation authority here in Philadelphia and that he thought it’d […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration

Graphic Recording For All It’s Worth

When a client hires a graphic recorder to add excitement, engagement and clarity to a speaking event or workshop, they’re getting more than just the recorder’s time onsite. For openers, following every session, graphic recorders typically send clients high-quality digital photos of the charts they’ve created, cleaned up with editing software to even out lighting, […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration, Philly Tech Week 2018

Philly Tech Week 2018

The good folks at Technically Philly asked me graphic record 9 hours worth of sessions at their day-long Introduced Conference on May 3rd at the Science History Institute in Center City, Philadelphia. It was a whole day of speakers on a variety of fascinating topics, attended by numerous movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s booming tech […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration

Telling Visual Stories

People were telling stories with images long before they could write them with words, images we can still see on rocks and in caves all over the world. The invention of writing meant you no longer needed an actual person to explain what was going on, or even images at all. But today visuals are […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recording, Philadelphia Conference for Women

The Joy of Graphic Recording

Great things happen when you include a graphic recorder at a speaking event or workshop. Comprehension increases, misunderstandings diminish, new perspectives are introduced and participants leave with an engaging and shareable information map that provides them with takeaways long after they’ve gone home. But that’s always surprising is the sheer joy that graphic recording can […]

Blog cartoons, funny cartoons, business cartoons, New Yorker cartoons, Terry LaBan, Breakthrough Visuals

Frightened or Funny?

Content marketers know that effective content elicits an emotional response. But you don’t have to spend much time surfing the internet to realize those emotions lean heavily on old standbys like fear, anxiety and schadenfreude. I’ll cop to being as intrigued as anybody about the aging looks of 80s kid TV stars. Still, there are […]

PenSPRA Award of Honor, Cheltenham School Board Strategic Plan Brochure

Cheltenham Strategic Plan Brochure Receives Award of Honor

A brochure I illustrated for the Cheltenham School district has received an award from the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association. Their press release reads as follows “The CSD Office of Communications and Development is proud to announce its strategic plan brochure has received an Award of Honor from PenSPRA (Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association) in […]