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

The Long Haul

When the shutdowns began in March it was impossible to believe that coronavirus would still keep us from going about our normal activities for more than a month or so. Surely by May, June at the latest, people would once again fill offices, restaurants, schools, sports stadiums and convention centers. Now, on the threshold of […]

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

Virtual Conferences: Avoiding Zexit

One advantage of online conferences is that they often include participants who wouldn’t have been able to travel to a live event. On the other hand, when people spend time and money to gather in an actual place they also tend to stick around. Since participants can exit Zoom rooms with the click of a mouse, it’s common for virtual […]

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

FAIMER Global Health Matters Day: A Virtual Conference

FAIMER(The Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research), along with CraftNOW Philadelphia hosted an international forum on the theme of Connecting Healers and Makers on March 25, 2020. Originally scheduled as a live event, it was held in cyberspace due to the world-wide coronavirus pandemic quarantine. Despite the last-minute switch, a 100-some […]

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

Illustrate Your Online Meeting

If you’re holding your conference or meeting online because of the current health emergency, graphic recording makes more sense than ever. For participants stuck at home, live visuals are a wonderful way to enhance engagement and create excitement. With a tablet and a WiFi connection, graphic recorders can work much as they do with markers on paper […]

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

Visualize 2020

The gifts have been opened, the New Year’s Eve party’s all cleaned up and everyone’s back to their regular routine. Still, it’s hard to believe another decade is at hand. I don’t know if these 20s will roar like the last ones, but I guess we’ll find out soon. 2019 was an amazing year for […]

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

Communications Solutions Website

The marketing and public relations firm Communication Solutions asked us to do a series of illustrations for their new website. Each image represents one of their services and appears as a slider at the top of their homepage. It was a fun project and the new website looks great!    Want to illustrate your website? Let’s Talk!

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

Yes, and…Graphic Recording, Improv and You

At a recent conference I was standing beside a just-finished graphic recording while members of the audience crowded around to get a closer look and take pictures. Among the people who introduced themselves was a man who looked familiar. It turned out that, along with the day job which brought him to the event, he […]

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

Executive Retreats: The Big Picture

An executive retreat to rethink company culture is a challenge for everyone involved. Think about it: you ask a bunch of people who are used to controlling their respective domains to spend a day or more, often on a weekend, sequestered in a hotel conference room. There, a tirelessly cheerful facilitator tries to get them […]

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

Doing It Digitally

I’m usually tucked in by 11:00 pm but at 2:00 am on April 30 I found myself graphic recording. No, it wasn’t for a conference of insomniacs or vampires—it was for an organization called We Love Reading. In Amman, Jordan where their event was held, the time was a reasonable 9:00 am. The work was […]

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

Don’t Lose It!

When I tell people about graphic recording they often ask is if it’s like being a courtroom sketch artist. The answer is, not really. Courtroom artists don’t try to record everything that happens at a trial. Instead, they produce a few representative drawings to serve as a record when photos and video aren’t allowed. Graphic recorders, […]