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Graphic recording training by industry leaders

Notebook and pencil for visual note workshops

Think Like Ink ®

Graphic Recording Workshops

In our Think Like Ink workshops, a hands-on instructor from the Ink Factory team will teach you and your team to think like our artists–from the foundation of listening and synthesizing to drawing inspiring visuals. Our graphic recording training starts from the ground up. No drawing skills are necessary to take any of our workshops.

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Designed for your needs

Flexible Group Size

We can teach workshops with personalized one-on-one feedback for smaller groups, and fun, engaging workshops for larger ones.

Our Place or Yours

We can host 15 people in our Chicago studio, or travel off-site for larger workshops anywhere around the world.

For Anyone and Everyone

Student and professionals alike can think, learn, and communicate better with visual note-taking. We can teach grades 5 and above.

A Tailored Agenda

We'll teach topics that are most relevant to your group, and we have three different options that can fit your budget and time restrictions.

 

What's included in our graphic recording course?

An Instructor

An Ink Factory team member with a career full of creating visual notes for clients will teach your team and provide one-on-one feedback.

Training Materials

We'll provide all the tools you and your team need to participate in the workshop, so there's no need to bring anything.

 

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We offer add-ons for our your private training:

 

Custom sketchbooks

Ink Factory Sketchbooks

Our Ink Factory branded sketchbooks are designed to be perfect for drawing small scale visual notes. Two sizes are available.

 

Additional artists for your workshop

 Supporting Artists

Get more personalized feedback and support during your session, and see visual note-taking by a professional happen in real-time.

 

Take home tools for your workshop

Take-Home Toolkits

For participants to take home. Includes an Ink Factory branded pencil case, pencils, and markers selected to work with our sketchbook.

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Private Workshop Options

One Hour Workshop

Our one-hour workshop introduces the tools you need to demystify putting pen to paper, marker to flipchart, or dry erase to your office whiteboard. This workshop challenges phrases like “I’m not creative” or “I can’t even draw a straight line!” and provides all of your team members with the confidence to start communicating visually.

 

An instructor will teach you:

 

visual language history

The rich history of the visual language

materials for graphic recording

How to use different tools and materials

improve your handwriting

Easy ways to improve your handwriting

visualizing ideas when graphic recording

The basics of turning ideas into visuals

Participants holding up their collaborative drawings in a visual note workshop

Three Hour Workshop

In three hours you’ll dive into the tips and tricks of visual note-taking. We’ll give you the building blocks to transcribe your words into the universal language of imagery, and make your drawings pop with the right composition, lettering, and color. You’ll leave with a new skill in active listening and the ability to synthesize ideas into easily understood and better retained visuals, which strengthens your communication all-around!

 

Our three hour graphic recording training includes:

 

Build on graphic recording fundamentals

All the fundamentals from the one hour workshop

Plus

Using the elements of design in graphic recording

How to identify the elements of design in visual notes

Live note-taking

Ink Factory's strategy for taking live visual notes

Visual Thinking and Communicating Skills

Full Day Workshop

Our full day workshop is a visual note-taking bootcamp in 6-8 hours. We run the gamut of skills our artists have practiced and perfected to take your visual note-taking to the next level. A longer day gives you more time practicing with each topic, or more flexibility to customize your agenda for a deep dive on any one area. You’ll get all the benefits from each shorter workshop plus the time to “Make It Real.” This is a jumping-off point for using the visual language in your day to day life!

 

This graphic recording training includes:

 

Continuing to build on graphic recording fundamentals

All the fundamentals from the one & three-hour workshops

Plus

Mastering graphic recording training

How to start mastering visual note-taking techniques

developing your own visual library

How to develop your own visual library

"Ink Factory taught us about so many great strategies for taking visual notes, it was easy to come back and put the process to work."

 

Ann Dziadon, University of West Florida

 

Graphic recording training attendees show their work from an exercise in drawing

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Take a crash-course in visual note-taking with a group of like-minded individuals at Ink Factory's headquarters in Chicago.

Our Visual Note-Taking 101 workshops are a full-day immersive experience into the world of visual thinking and communication. You'll leave our introductory workshop with all the fundamental tools you need to start taking visual notes in your everyday life.

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