Case study: Chicago Ideas Week

live visual note-taking


We’re proud to have been a sponsor of Chicago Ideas since the very beginning. Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief: when a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world.

For one week each October, Chicago Ideas brings together some of the world’s most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago.

Each year we create visual notes of every single talk and conversation at Chicago Ideas. Talks from 60-90 minutes include topics like entrepreneurship, political issues, health, and innovation.

We draw live during each conversation, and then bring the finished visual notes down to the lobby for participants to photograph and view after the talk. Digital versions of each talk are then shared on Twitter and Instagram, so Chicago Ideas fans who can’t make it to every talk can still get a beautiful visual recap. The finished visual notes are also put on sale during the week, with proceeds benefitting Chicago Ideas.

We don’t just create visual notes for Chicago Ideas – check out how we teach others how to take visual notes, as well as how we activated the Chicago Ideas theater entrance. There’s no event more energizing than Chicago Ideas. It’s one of our favorite events of the year. Period. Click here to download all the visual notes from Chicago Ideas 2017.