There is a story behind everything we do

Visualize  it - in drawings  *

 

 

 

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WHO?

 

My name is Birgit Smit, 39 years old, based in Uithoorn, NL. I used to work in content, communication and consultancy. That’s how I became a strong listener and learned how to capture the essence of a conversation.

In 2013 I came across working visually & functional drawing and changed course completely. In the last 7 years I’ve been part of many different events and projects.

No situation is the same and that’s the best thing about my job. Every new collaboration allows me to take a deep dive into the matter and add value through my drawings.


WHAT?

 

I translate your words into clear hand drawn visuals, in video, digital images or print. Consider me your personal neutral outsider, offering a critical but fresh perspective. I will tell you the truth and don’t beat around the bush.

To show the essence in a drawing, approaching it from the right angle, a shared image containing a certain level of emotion. That is the power of visual storytelling.

This way of drawing is not art, it’s a tool. Just an extra way of expressing yourself. To convey your story, your message, in the best possible way.


WHY?

 

People are image thinkers by nature. That’s how we find meaning in the world around us.
And yet, when we try to express ourselves, we type page after page, attend endless meetings and just hope we understand each other.

More than ever people need clarity and insight. They need to know why they do things and to understand what the company they work for, stands for.

Visual stories are here to share, remember, to be proud of. To connect and motivate to get the most out of these complex times.

How visual storytelling works


STEP 1 - FUNDAMENTALS

 

We start with the 3 core questions: for whom, where are we now, where are we heading? Knowing why you are doing this, is key.

I will guide you through the process. We do what is necessary to turn information into story. Dig deep, chop away or by helicopter view. I ask, listen and together we get to the heart of the situation.


STEP 2 - WORDS

 

We search for the real story you want to tell.

Which elements are there, what do we need to focus on and which shape is most effective to let your message shine?

It is a matter of making choices, to build and craft until we find the right structure.

Balanced. Containing empathy, valuable content and perspective.


STEP 3 - IMAGES

 

Once we have a clear story, the visualizing process can begin. How can we use these drawings to create a world where your message gets across and sticks?

I tap into my powers of imagination and keep on thinking until I can see it. I share my ideas and sketches with you and together we work towards the final product.

It can be a VisualStoryVideo (explainer/whiteboard animation), a printed VisualStoryBook, any size VisualStoryPoster or template, illustrations or even animated gifs. Everything is possible.

POSSIBLY INTERESTING


RESOURCES

 

Do you want to get started with working visually or are you looking for more information? Take a look at my resources page.

During the last couple of years I gathered quite a collection of sources. Links to books, online sources, communities, tools and supplies that I personally recommend.


UPDATE

 

In the years 2012-2020, my work revolved around functional drawing workshops and live graphic recording (large visual summaries). I learned so much and enjoyed it a lot.

Now, during Corona, I only draw live during remote sessions, and only a limited number of these a month. I now choose to focus on visualizing stories in hand drawn videos, visuals and printed storybooks. To support companies and organizations in their communication and connection with their employees.

AMBASSADOR KIT

 

Thinking with your hands is incredibly effective! My Neuland Ambassador Kit is the perfect set to start with. 
The contents: Outliner (BigOne, 2x No.One wedge nib, No.One round nib, FineOne, RefillOne), 7 x No.One wedge nib (200, 301, 401, 501, 703, 801, 600), Artmarker (101) & Pen pouch XL.

These markers are refillable, water based and the nibs are replaceable.

 

 

 



 

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CUSTOMERS I'VE WORKED FOR:

Neuland ambassador

IFVP member

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