Graphic Facilitation in Group Processes
It’s natural that visualizations are used and created in this context. Graphic Facilitation goes beyond just accompanying and recording information. Here, images or visually designed objects are intentionally used to support the process of group work, brainstorming, or decision-making. The Graphic Facilitator employs visual techniques to structure ideas, clarify relationships, and encourage creative thinking as well as group interaction. I have gained a lot of experience in interactive work environments where we have assisted people in collaborating better, faster, and more effectively.
One tool of Graphic Facilitation can be found in the visualization of the event’s flow, the participant journey. It chronologically depicts the key stages of the event. This helps participants understand what is planned (and, for many, when the lunch break will occur). Custom-designed signs assist in orientation and personalize the space, the venue. Often, I work with a Key Visual or Key Theme that visualizes the event’s topic and is repeatedly incorporated. Whether it’s on participants’ work materials/templates that they use to document the progress of the work process or objects that are prepared and designed to be handed over to participants for further interactive embellishment. These objects also serve to activate participants within the processes.
During a meeting or workshop, the Graphic Facilitator collaborates closely with the facilitator and some participants to capture ideas, visualize them, and present them in real-time. The visual support helps participants contribute more effectively, understand complex topics, and develop solutions together.