Although I have long used drawing to help me write and take fieldnotes, building sentences from images, I hadn’t done it in reverse until the 2014 Technologies in Practice spring seminar, when I was asked to draw pictures of a workshop. In industry, it is apparently called “Visual Storytelling” (Intel).
Now, when people give a talk, I can draw, in real time, a version of their presentation. Here are some examples from presentations by Lucy Suchman on her Flatworlds project (2014), David Turnbull on “To talk of many things: of stories, string, ships and kin” (2015), Atsuro Morita on his water modelling software fieldwork (2016), and the UNIKE project closing conference (2017).
I enjoy visualising project workshops, and providing a thematic and anthropologically informed analysis from a viewpoint external to the project.