Great afternoon facilitating an event for Travis Perkins PLC #communicate #engage

TP 11th June 2018

Really enjoyed designing and facilitating an event for Travis Perkins PLC yesterday. The outputs from the event will be used for a variety of purposes including helping me design a rich picture showing the benefits to internal and external customers of a new system being launched in the coming months.

This has been a really collaborative piece of work so far and I’ve enjoyed working with my client to develop yesterdays session and plan for the next steps of our work together.

To find out more about how we can help you with your events, please CONTACT US.

John

John Ashton
Director

Getting ready to start a MAGNET whiteboard explainer animation for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust #NHS #NUH #MAGNET #animation

All set to strat creating a whiteboard explainer animation video for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to provide an overview of their approach to achieving MAGNET accreditation.

Step 1: lay down the scripted voiceover that we’ve been working on…

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If you are interested in finding out more about whiteboard explainer videos, please CONTACT US.

1 hour to draw a global IT strategy for a CIO! #visualthinking #graphicrecording

Today I’m off to spend 1 hour with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Interflora’s owner FTD Companies. In that hour I’ll be capturing his vision for the companies global IT strategy using the trusty visual thinking tools of pens and paper. Ironic given that it’s an IT strategy!

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Should be fun!

John

Getting ready to turn an #idea into a #richpicture

This is the exciting part of many of my projects: the initial design stage.

I’ve met with my client, understood what they want to communicate and who they want to engage with through the finalised rich picture I will produce. Now it’s time to turn the initial idea into the finished product!

Time to get creating!

“An idea that remains trapped in your head serves no purpose” #visualthinking #communicate

An idea that remains trapped in your head serves no purpose.

The above is rather a blunt statement – but is intrinsically true.

If you have a great idea but are not able to articulate it to others or implement it by yourself, then nothing will have been gained by having an idea that could have been the ‘next big thing’!

That’s why helping people find ways of unlocking their thinking and then sharing this with others is so critical to all organisations.

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In my experience, helping people visualise their thinking through sketches, diagrams and doodles (either by encouraging them to do this themselves or capturing their thinking for them) helps them focus their thinking, experiment more freely with their ideas and find ways to more easily explain their ideas to others.

The creativity of the visualisation process adds a new dynamic and energy that cannot usually be achieved through simply talking about an idea.

So, why not get your teams to visualise their thinking at your next team meeting and see what great ideas can be released from your teams heads!

John

To find out more about how Crackerjack can help you develop your ideas, please CONTACT US.

Crackerjack commissioned to create a strategic vision rich picture for The Nottingham Building Society #visualthinking #engage #thenottingham

Crackerjack Visual Thinking is pleased to share that we have been commissioned to create a rich picture detailing The Nottingham’s strategic vision.

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The new image will have an underlying theme sharing the benefits of mutuality for customers, members and staff alongside several other key elements important to the success of the organisation and its’ members.

We will be working closely with stakeholders at The Nottingham to develop the image over the next few weeks and will involve staff from across the organisation as part the design process.

In addition to providing existing team members with a clear visual overview of The Nottingham’s strategic vision, the rich picture will also be used to orient people during the induction process and to share The Nottingham’s vision with partner organisations and members of the building society.

To find out how we can help you engage people with your organisations vision, please CONTACT US.

#Visualising Interflora’s #strategy, developing an aerospace #explainer #animation and #graphicrecording an NHS event: all in a weeks work for www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Using visual thinking approaches to share complex information is increasingly recognised as an really effective element of organisational engagement initiatives across many sectors. The last week has proved this!

I’ve been working at an event to visualise Interflora’s strategy, created a whiteboard style explainer video for a major aerospace organisation and graphic recorded at an NHS Neuro-Rehabilitation workshop (take a look at my Twitter feed @johnashtonuk to read some of the feedback about this).

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Graphic recording created live at NHS Neuro-Rehabilition event

In all cases, visual thinking approaches have helped to turn ideas and thoughts into tangible visual reality across this broad range of organisations.

To find more about how Crackerjack can help you engage your people through visual thinking approaches, please Contact Us.

All the best,

John

John Ashton – Director

Crackerjack creates two new rich picture’s for UK’s Institute of Quarrying #visualthinking #communication #engagement www.crackerjackvisualthinking.com

Crackerjack Visual Thinking has been working with the UK’s Institute of Quarrying (IQ) to create two rich pictures detailing the Lifecycle of a Quarry and the Quarrying process.

Sarah Fry, Business Development and Communications Manager at IQ explains more:

We wanted to show how quarrying impacts the environment in its day to day operations throughout the total lifecycle of the site as well as show the full range of career opportunities the industry offers.

The rich pictures had to be graphics that could take highly complex geological, engineering and business processes and present them in a way that anyone could understand and hopefully be inspired by. That was our brief to John Ashton at CrackerJack.

John then worked closely with us and our members to map the key process and information areas relevant to the messages we wanted to convey. Part of the process involved spending time onsite at a quarry so John really took the task on to understand our world.

John’s attention to detail shows in the resulting two graphics that have been extremely well received and we feel that together we have created a couple of assets that will work hard for us for a long long time.”

Here are the rich pictures created for the IQ (click to view full size versions):

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To find out more about rich pictures and how they could communicate key messages and ideas for your organisation in an engaging and impactful way, please CONTACT US to discuss your requirements.

#Visual #coffee

Whilst out and about today I just had a quick visual thought. Would the coffee I just purchased (shown above) seem as appetising if the barista hadn’t taken the time to create the pattern in the froth?

Something simple that takes a short time to do makes a big difference to my perception of the quality and potentially the taste of the coffee.

Which is a bit like taking the time to share information visually: if you use an image or sketch to share information, people’s perception of the quality of the information you’re sharing increases and the potential for them wanting to ‘taste’ the messages you’re sharing also increases.

So, take the time to create a ‘pattern in the froth’ next time you want to engage your people!

John

Crackerjack Visual Thinking