Cognitive Edge is happy to recommend the “Communicate with Visuals” online course by graphic recorder Benjamin Felis. Several of us have participated in Benjamin’s classroom training and not only did we thoroughly enjoy the course, we are also benefiting from it every time we give a training or workshop!
Over the years, we have found that visual facilitation is an essential skill for complex facilitation. The ability to draw a certain shape and have everyone in the room immediately recognize it for what it is and put it in context, is incredibly powerful.
Benjamin has distilled the art of drawing and visual facilitation into a number of easy-to-remember guidelines. He provides clear directions and guidance in his own pleasant, humorous and easygoing way. His online course covers tools, drawing techniques, text, symbols, canvas layout and embellishments.
This is all you need to get started. Prior experience of drawing is not a hindrance.
The ability to visualize has become an important skill for many fields in our professional work life. Known as Graphic Recording, Sketchnoting, Visual Facilitation, Scribing or Visual thinking, it refers to the way of documenting and presenting spoken language into pictures and metaphors.
This online class serves as a first step into the exciting world of visualization — on posters, flipcharts as well as normal sized paper. You can even use the skills digitally on your tablet or iPad!
! Disclaimer: the class is quite intense and contains a lot of information. Take your time and do only one section per day. And please use the comment section!
- You reduce barriers in drawing and extend your communication and presentation skills
- You develop your own personal style of writing and drawing
- You use visualizations professionally and design your seminars, consultations, presentations and training materials more effectively and with richer variation
- You are so much cooler
Hi! My name is Ben and I’m based in Berlin. I’m a former graffiti artist and work as a full time graphic recorder and illustrator since 2013. I have taught creative visualization for over 8 years and have by now worked in over 15 countries in Europe, South America and Africa.
I’m trained in graphic recording, visual facilitation, visual presencing (Theory U), Business Model Canvas, coaching and organizational development.
My experience from working with thousands of students from all kinds of backgrounds has shown me that everybody has this superpower within her or him! Let me support you to discover it in YOU!
- General introduction to creative visualization
- Typography basics
- Forms, colors and symbols
- Characters and figures
- Structure and composition of convincing visualizations
- Video lessons
- Drawing assignments
- Work sheets
- To draw a simple and creative process
- To use symbols and typography
- To develop a nice design
- To use visuals to communicate
In this online course, the final project is about being able to visualize an important process of your daily worklife — your commute! That means your way from home to the office. This a simple graphic but contains all the topics learned before!
Here is an example from me:
Of course you can do many other projects such as:
- Strategy plans
- Travel preparations
- Your own “visual” CV
- Cooking recipes
All participants receive a certificate of participation when they finish the course.
For the class, you don’t need a degree in fine arts or design. With just a few colors, forms and little tricks you can astonishingly improve your presentation skills.
Visualization is fun and can be learned!
Register and start the course here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course — you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like — across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us at Benjamin Felis Graphic Recording in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I can’t draw at all — is this something for me?
Yes. Definitely! The course is not about art or becoming an artist. It’s about communication and supporting that with visuals. You also write texts everyday in e-mails, social media and text messages. Are you a professional author? We start slowly and build up the needed skills slowly and bit by bit. So welcome to the class!