The Donovan R. Taylor Initiative

Free Visual Notes for Racial Justice

Our Visual Notes for Racial Justice program has been renamed in memory of our team member Donovan Taylor. Donovan was enthusiastic about spreading the news about this initiative around to Chicagoland to help lift the voices of the city they came to love. Ink Factory hopes to memorialize Donovan's love of community through the continuation of this initiative.
If you are part of a nonprofit working for racial justice, or an organization owned by a person of color, your organization is eligible to receive up to a day pro-bono virtual visual notes. We accept applications on a rolling basis and will reach out to you if we have availability to support your event.


This initiative begun in 2020 with the goal of providing expanding access to the power of visual communication.


We've donated over $120,000 worth of our visual communication services through this initiative.


Over 37 amazing beneficiaries have participated in this program. Learn more about some of them here.

Free class on visual note-taking basics

Free workshop

Visual Note-Taking Basics

We want to help people of color and marginalized communities explore their creativity and learn visual communication with as few barriers to entry as possible. Learn the fundamentals of visual note-taking in this free pre-recorded workshop.

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Virtual Visual Notes

Participants in our program will receive one free day of virtual visual note-taking. Our artists will join your live session virtually, listening and drawing a visual summary of your discussion.
Don't have a live event? If you provide us with a list of 15 key concepts, we can draw a visual summary for you. Participants are limited to one free service.

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About Donovan

Donovan joined the Ink Factory team in the summer of 2022. Their laughter, hugs, and passion will always be missed by our team. Here’s how they described themselves:

It's hard for Donovan to point out only a few fun facts after living different lives as a college radio station manager, a two-time Tough Mudder, singing for Maya Angelou in the fourth grade, becoming CofC's Homecoming King in 2017, and his first concert experience being Prince.

When he's not fascinated by aliens, plants, or cult films of the '90s, you might find Donovan singing, performing, or DJ'ing at your local dive bar as Don Crescendo.

Some of our past participants



Who's Eligible?

Organizations owned by people of color or nonprofits that fight for racial justice are eligible for up to one full day of visual note-taking based on availability.

We are currently only offering virtual visual note-taking services for virtual events like webinars, meetings, remote conferences, and so on as part of this program.

This offering does not extend to our illustration, video, or workshop services

How it Works

An artist connects to your virtual event 30 minutes prior to the start of the first session, and you’ll be able to stream their notes as they are drawn live (or, you can share the visual notes after the event as a recap).

Free services are subject to availability. If we don’t have availability on the day of your event, we would love to talk about what future events we can support. The more lead time you can give us, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to support your event.




Sign up for your next event

For businesses owned by people of color and racial justice-focused nonprofits. Please fill out the following form to sign up for free visual notes. After we receive your message, we’ll email you and start the process of supporting your event. Our hours are 9 am-5 pm CST Monday-Thursday, and closed on Fridays.

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