Tessolated discussions: Graphic recording and dialogic drawing

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Abstract / Description of output

An innovative graphic recording and dialogic drawing documentation wall presented at the international 'Research Through Design' conference at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh in March 2017.

An 8m documentation wall with over 180 drawings is built up over 3 days. Four scribes made graphic recordings illustrating the workshops and lectures of the conference with text and image on 10 to 15 separate triangles these were clustered, connected up and added to by attendees on the documentation wall. This acted as both documentation and interpretation of the events at the conference. The wall became a focal point to reference talks and explore ideas and themes. Elements of the wall were photographed and tweeted throughout the conference. Harvey Dingwall made a presentation on the final day of the conference reflecting on the design and interaction with the wall.

This is a blending of two visualisation methods:

Graphic recording which is classically carried out by specialist illustrators and done on large sheets documenting meetings and conferences with image and text, usually drawn in a cartoon style with marker pen. Graphic facilitation is a variation of this where groups will work on large sheets to visualise and problem solve issues as a group.

Design thinking methods use post-it notes to develop ideas at the ideation stage of the design process. Classically design studio walls will be covered in these notes. The ideation activity is carried out in a postive non judgemental way to encourage creative thinking.

The research brings together theories of dialogic drawing, thinking through drawing as well as design thinking. It references research into ambiguity of drawing and recent research into brain science and abstraction.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • graphic recording
  • drawing


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