Peter Durand

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Public Ed in New Zealand

In Journal on October 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

A 3-minute time-lapse scribing video for the high school teachers union in New Zealand.

by C. Mary Brake, Reflection Graphics



In Journal on October 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm


In Journal on October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Now THIS is a claymation I can get behind.

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Film by Allison Schulnik
Cinematography by Helder K. Sun.
"It's Raining Today" written by Noel Scott Engel

4:23 min
Copyright Allison Schulnik 2011

Visual for Food Matching

In Journal on October 23, 2011 at 7:21 am
——Original Message——
From: Lynn Kearny
To: “visual practitioners exchanging Ideas”
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011 6:20:04 PM GMT-0700
Subject: [Ifvpgeneral] Cool Tool – Visual for Food Matching

IFVP general mail list information
I thought you’d all like this. It’s all words, but patterned in a beautiful and useful way. It shows what foods go well with what other foods, organizing them in large categories (e.g., root vegetables) and raying out from specific examples (e.g. beets) to show what flavors go well with them. Very cute! Someone could have fun doing a version with images. Link:

It’s the work of David McCandless, who has done a wonderful book visualizing all kinds of data – and creating understandability. THe link lets you look at many of his data visualizations if you check them out.

Here is a link to his TED talk:


Lynn Kearny

Olafur Grimsson: Iceland Bounces Back

In Journal on October 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Here is a first for me… scribing for a president!

The results:


Scribing for Rockstar of Presentation Design: Michael Duarte

In Journal on October 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Learn by scribing for the best!

Visualizing Social Innovation

In Journal on October 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

This week is one of my favorite times of year.

I am in the US state of Maine, along the Atlantic coast covered with leaves changing color in anticipation of winter.

Over the weekend, I am working with young social entrepreneurs and innovators as part of the 

Pop!Tech Conference

, where I not only work to create paintings for the ideas of the 30+ speakers, but also try to teach graphic visualization skills.

To see paintings created during past conferences, visit: 

Above is a dramatic photo of the students creating a visual model of their ventures and life history. The pic was snapped by Erik Hersman

, co-founder of Ushahidi. He has a wonderful post describing the PopTech Social Innovation Fellows Program, with more images of us in action. Check it out:

Got to catch up with another key member of the program, Ken Banks, founder of the founder of, which helps non-profits put mobiles to work through innovative offerings like FrontlineSMS. We were talking shop about growing organizations and scaling up for real impact. He referred me to a blog post of his that has gotten some attention: The Rolling Stones School of Management Innovation.

Post Meditation Monkey by Linda Barry

In Journal on October 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Teach Students Visual Note Taking

In Journal on October 11, 2011 at 7:23 am

Students can learn how to take visual notes with just a bit of instruction and practice. Once they know how to do it they should be encouraged to take visual notes in all of their classes as well as activities outside of school. Use visual note taking as a warm up or fill-in at the end of class.

The first step is to encourage students to carry a sketchbook. A small hardbound sketchbook is standard and will last them most of the school year. Fine line markers and pencils are good tools to use. Colored markers or even crayons can be used to add color.

Have students practice doing hand-drawn letters in a variety of styles. This is a skill they will find useful all of their lives.

See how many types of bullets, connectors and frames they can find or imagine. They should try to select appropriate ones to go with the content. Bullets usually refer to black circles (like bullet holes) but can be open squares, stars, hearts or anything that works at a small scale. Comic books use a lot of different frames (thought balloons, jagged "crash" frames, speech balloons, rectangles, squares, ovals,

(via <span class="miniprofile-container” style=””>Jamie Saunders in VizThink)

People Who Became Nouns: The Music Video

In Journal on October 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

Boycott, Maverick, Guillotine, Shrapnel, Cardigan, Sandwich, Silhouette, Zeppelin, Leotard, Lamborghini.

Finding your name in the dictionary as a noun is a sure-fire litmus test for having made a impact on culture and history. Just look at OED-approved fine folks like Charles Boycott, Samuel Maverick, Joseph-Ignace Guillotine, Henry Shrapnel, and Lord Cardigan. But there are unsuspected downsides to being reduced to a noun — just ask suffragette and women’s rights pioneer Amelia Bloomer, now equated with a baggy pair of women’s underpants.