Graphic Facilitation

We provide four main visualization tools:

1) Graphic Facilitation

2) Synthesis Art

3) Virtual Visuals

4) Story Art Reveal

 These visualization tools create the picture that is worth a thousand words.  They visually depict concepts discussed in:  

  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • Phone Calls
  • Presentations
  • Webinars
  • Workshops

1) Graphic Facilitation translates complex concepts and plans into compelling, colorful, visual metaphors, models, and graphics that lead to information retention and improved actions.  Pictures and words, which are drawn as people are speaking, capture the “story” as it emerges.  Participants can see the progression of the story take shape.  That story may be the strategy of an organization, the main theme of an author’s book, the main concepts of a group’s dialogue, or perhaps the roadmap to a new vision.  

Graphic Facilitation is particularly useful in change management projects which require a lot of communication and explanation throughout the organization.  Graphic facilitation charts are a quick and easy way to communicate a lot of information in a brief format. Here is an example of a chart depicting customer lead generation, just one example of many concepts that can be used for multiple purposes:

Here are some examples of Joe’s real-time graphic facilitation while people have been either giving presentations or have been engaged in dialogue of some nature:

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To understand why graphic facilitation is so powerful, please watch the following TED video, “Why Scribing Works: Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning”:

2) Synthesis Art images are created from a series of graphic facilitation posters in order to capture the essence and key concepts of many conference presentations, workshops, and meetings into one poster.  See the following Gallery.  The first one, Complexity Poster, was done in collaboration with our esteemed collegue, Peter Durand.  It was the synthesis of many graphic facilitation posters for a conference on complexity into one main poster depicting the major themes through all of the presentations and discussions.    

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3) Virtual Visuals: In the past, Graphic Facilitators were onsite.  If there was a conference or workshop, the Graphic Facilitator would fly to the event location with gear in hand and typically stand in front of the room drawing on their whiteboards.  Now, because of advancements in technology, Graphic Facilitators  can scribe remotely using technology that transmits real-time graphic facilitation over the internet and onto a screen or computer at your location.  It is also possible to hold online phone calls, webinars, presentations, and workshops while the Graphic Facilitators’ work comes alive on on each person’s computer screen.  Pictures and words are drawn as people speak to capture key ideas and feelings.  We call this service Virtual Visuals.

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4) Story Art Reveal: If you want the most cutting-edge graphic attention keeper, that would be Story Art Reveal (S.A.R.).  It’s best to see it to understand it.  Essentially, you see a picture that covers the screen initially.  Then, as if by magic, the story reveals itself as the picture is eraced to reveal the elements of the story as the story is spoken.  We will be writing more about this in the weeks to come and will upload an example for you.


If you are interested in any of the following forms of Graphic Facilitation:

  • Onsite Graphic Facilitation
  • Virtual Visuals (Remote Graphic Recording)
  • Synthesis Art
  • Story Art Reveal


  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • Phone Calls
  • Presentations
  • Webinars
  • Workshops

please call: Joe Sterling @ 619-206-2403 or email him at:

We look forward to providing you quality service  in a timely manner!

Learn more about our services:
| Organization Development | Story & Influence | Strategic Facilitation & Planning |

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