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Processing the process of drawing together — Asian Undergraduate Summit 2018

Recently I was back at my alma mater to capture conversations on creating inclusive spaces. It was the Asian Undergraduate Summit 2018. Over one hundred undergraduates from nine different universities across Asia had come together to create inclusive spaces for conversation.

It got me thinking about how I was drawing together the conversations.

The actual presentations were really fast and furious — about 5-minutes for each of the 12 teams.

I worked on Adobe Illustrator (desktop) to capture the broad flow and key ideas of the conversation live, then iterated the visuals immediately post-session as a complete set for coherence.

One question I personally sought to answer was how the “template” and visual motifs (e.g. the open “cube” frame) for the graphic recording could lend itself as an overlay (or underlay) for the very different project ideas.

These days I find myself thinking a lot more about the bigger picture and broader flow across a “set.” In other words, connecting meaning(-fully). It can show in obvious, visual connections such as the colour scheme. However, unless an overarching schema — the BIG picture — is established, these aesthetic decisions would merely be superficial.

The process is constructive. We are building on what has already been created.

If you are curious, here’s the rest of the 12 projects on creating inclusive spaces for conversation: https://blog.nus.edu.sg/asianundergraduatesummit/deliverables-2018/

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