Portfolio

Portfolio

A broad sample of visual thinking work from live graphic recording to illustrations, sketchnotes, and other visuals created in studio. Many have links to where they've been used.

Check out my Services page to see a gallery of samples of each type of work. Or check out every page of this site to see an even broader range of my work.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Global Airline Executive Summit at Google HQ

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Global Airline Executive Summit at Google HQ

A morning of innovative content represented visually in one 4'x8' sheet of paper. 

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Google & PollenVC — Google San Francisco

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Google & PollenVC — Google San Francisco

Panel discussions are usually full of juicy content. As you can see, Digital Day with Google and Pollen VC was no exception! Visual notes created live, on-site during the 1 hour discussion.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): MediaCom Executive Summit at Google HQ

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): MediaCom Executive Summit at Google HQ

When it comes to successful innovation, Google knows what they're doing - and they're quick to recognize the importance of visuals in the whole process.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Executive Summit at Google HQ

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Executive Summit at Google HQ

Another Executive Summit at Google, with each topic drawn on 2'x3' paper. This is just one day of visual notes!

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): CodeMash 2016 — Ohio

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): CodeMash 2016 — Ohio

Over 2.5 hours on stage drawing out 5-minute talks from 21 speakers! See the whole set of visual notes from the 4 day conference in this Flickr album or the CodeMash blog.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Tech Inclusion Conference — San Francisco

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Tech Inclusion Conference — San Francisco

Almost 13 hours of graphic recording at this 2 day event, with featured speakers from major corporations, non-profits, and even the White House. See all images in this Flickr album.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Social Media Strategies Summit — Vegas

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): Social Media Strategies Summit — Vegas

One full day of live illustrated notes on 32" x 40" foamcore boards. See all visuals created that day in this Flickr album.

Meeting Signs: Western Union

Meeting Signs: Western Union

Western Union has been in business for over a century - they know the power of visuals!

Sketchnotes: Interviews with Elle Roberts & Kerri Richardson

Sketchnotes: Interviews with Elle Roberts & Kerri Richardson

All 16 sketchnotes from the Right-Brainers in Business video summit can be seen on my Flickr set.

The two sketchnotes here were featured in issue six (pages 103-5) of the UK based Twohundredby200 Magazine.

One was also featured on the Sketchnote Army blog and another from the summit (not pictured here) was featured on Beth Kempton's Do What You Love blog.

Sketchnotes: David Hockney, Sally Kohn, & Teresa Amabile

Sketchnotes: David Hockney, Sally Kohn, & Teresa Amabile

Two sketchnotes done in real-time from live-streamed video, featured on the de Young Museum and Sally Kohn's blog.

More sketchnotes done in real-time from an interview with Harvard Scholar Teresa Amabile by Dr. Puccio can be seen on the International Center for Studies in Creativity blog.

Book Summary: The Accidental Creative, by Todd Henry

Book Summary: The Accidental Creative, by Todd Henry

A one page visual book summary of Todd Henry's The Accidental Creative, is featured on page 161 of The Sketchnote Workbook, by Mike Rhode. One page of research connections and my personal reactions, as well as visual summaries of each chapter (Chapter 8 shown here), can be seen in my Flickr set.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): TEDxBerkeley

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): TEDxBerkeley

Live illustrated notes at the fifth (and largest yet!) TEDxBerkeley event held on the UC Berkeley campus, co-recorded with fellow Bay Area visual artist Melanie Ida Chopko. All talks I captured can be seen on my Flickr set and the TEDxBerkeley website (click on each speaker's picture).

Also check out Beth Kanter's blog about her experience as a speaker.

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): TED & TEDx Stanford

Live Illustrated Visual Notes (Graphic Recording): TED & TEDx Stanford

A couple of illustrated notes created from pre-recorded talks — these were some of my first attempts working in real-time and just for practice, not for a client...much to my surprise, the one with Tina Seelig at TEDx Stanford was featured on the TEDx blog! 
 

Beyonder Camp Visual Summary — Buffalo, NY

Beyonder Camp Visual Summary — Buffalo, NY

As a lead teacher at The Beyonder Academy, I captured each activity visually throughout the week-long summer camp for kids and teens.

T-Shirt design — Washington, D.C.

T-Shirt design — Washington, D.C.

The International Child Art Foundation organizes the World Children's Festival every four years to celebrate the power of art and creativity.

I presented a workshop about idea generation at the last festival and designed t-shirts for our group from the International Center for Studies in Creativity to wear.

The t-shirt design was later adopted for use by the Beyonder Camp.

Visual Thinking Workshop: Creativity Expert Exchange — Buffalo, NY

Visual Thinking Workshop: Creativity Expert Exchange — Buffalo, NY

I was invited to present a 4.5 hour visual thinking workshop at the Creativity Expert Exchange. This was a hands-on interactive workshop, combining current research with practical application and personal reflection.

Here's what participants had to say:

"I found all this practice useful for facilitators, even when people don't know how to draw or if they don't have good skills."

"Melinda sure knows her skill set and how to present it!"

"The sequence of training was excellent: information to experience to knowledge."

Visual Thinking Workshop: Creativity Expert Exchange — Buffalo, NY

Visual Thinking Workshop: Creativity Expert Exchange — Buffalo, NY

"Very, very well designed workshop!"

"Engaging, hands-on, and immensely useful - time flew by!"

"Great job presenting to adverse audience. Very impressive on all fronts!"

"Melinda is great - patient, very talented, and willing to share."

Participant Steve Hammond even wrote about it in his blog:

"And last but not least, Melinda Walker’s Master Class in Visual Thinking was a revelation!  Wonderfully prepared and delivered, it was a practical and engaging lesson in visual communications. Thanks Melinda!"

MindCamp: Canada's Creativity Conference

MindCamp: Canada's Creativity Conference

Posters and accompanying handout for one of the many creativity presentations at MindCamp, Canada's creativity conference.