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Processing the process of drawing together — Asian Undergraduate Summit 2018


Recently I was back at my alma mater (the University Scholars Programme at National University of Singapore) for the Asian Undergraduate Summit 2018.

Over one hundred undergraduates from nine different universities across Asia had come together to create inclusive spaces for conversation.

We worked on presentation night where all 12 teams presented their ideas for creating inclusive spaces for conversation.

What we did

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.

How was the visual output used?

The client subsequently uploaded all visuals to their event site. If you are curious, here’s the rest of the 12 projects on creating inclusive spaces for conversation:

Note: All views expressed in the visuals are the presenters’ own, and do not represent Picture People Plan’s views. 

Here’s another interesting student project on creating an inclusive cinema where the blind, colour-blind, deaf, and wheelchair bound can enjoy the next blockbuster together.

Reflections on the Process

The fast pace of the presentations, and the central question (creating inclusive spaces for conversation) it sought to answer — these got me thinking about how I was drawing together the conversations.

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.