I do not know if many people think about it at the time the panels are being made, but there is a difference, not just conceptual, between graphic facilitation and registration. The use of one or the other, of course, depends on the goal we want to achieve. I will tell you a bit about my experiences using these two techniques.
GRAPHIC RECORD – use as visual recording strategy in events whose audience involvement with the content is smaller and where the moments of exposure are long, such as lectures, presentations, group discussions. I use the registry to present complex content as simply as possible so the audience can understand. As if it were a creative slate that also brings the symbols and icons that bring the public closer to the content, in which they recognize themselves. The result of the graphical registration panel is diverse.
When we do not have much information about what the lecture will be and about the outcome of the discussion, but we know the theme of the general event, we can opt for a single layout that refers to the general theme of the discussions, but not about the specificity of the lecture, such as in panel 1 and 2. In this case the result will be the lifting of the lines, drawings, but with less possibility of systematization of the content.
When we first have an idea of what the explanation will be, we know the theme and the audience, but we do not know the content in detail, but we have an idea of the great themes that will be treated, we can use a single layout, as well as panel 1, with symbols that the target public is recognized. The difference in this case is to divide the lines by themes from the moment they appear, as in panel 2.
When the theme of the event is wide, and the content diverse and we have no idea of how the explanation will be, we can also keep in mind how the speaker is presenting the content, this can give us an idea of how to follow. In the case of Panel 3, for example, the speaker made some analogies that helped us to construct the metaphor about the content, and to form the drawings and images about what he would like to pass on. It is possible to use more drawings as well, in order to try to tell the story that the speaker is bringing, as presented in the next panel.
The examples in panels 3 and 4 are cool because they show more systematized panels that help the public to form the image of the contents. The message gets clearer.
GRAPHIC FACILITATION – mainly used for activities which involves more direct learning of the public. In this case, I also have more contact with the facilitation team and work directly to meet the training demands. Examples of graphic facilitation panels are shown in the following.
In the case of graphic facilitation panels require the more active participation of the facilitator in the process. We need to understand where the group wants to go and how the design and organization of the content in panels can help the group reach this goal. Depending on your involvement with the group, the theme, and the process, the facilitator can even give tips on the learning process, think outside the box, and create with the group.
How to explain the concept of climate change to an audience that understands the concept, but does not use this theoretical basis created by scientists? Panel 5 shows one possibility of presenting this concept. Although we do not use words in the description, the image speaks for itself. This design, articulated with the discourse of a researcher, can form a clear picture of what is being presented. I use concepts and symbols known to the actors who receive the message, in this case, indigenous peoples. Another example was the creation of storytelling to explain the same concept, climate change, now for the Xavante people. We create, in a group, the history of indigenous time and the time of the white man, making symbolic and language references to help understanding.
We also used panels to explain the concepts of the 2012 Forest Code for the university public, at a UNEMAT event in Alta Floresta / MT. Or to present concepts of group dynamics in the formation of mediators and facilitators in Rio Branco / Acre.
Facilitating and charting does not only require drawing, color picking, and organizing skills. It also demands creativity, synthesis ability, and clarity in demonstrating concepts and, above all, sensitivity to understanding how the panel can help the group reach the desired goal.