Author Archives: Terry LaBan

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration

The Four Stages of Graphic Recording

After capturing hundreds of meetings and discussions for all sorts of organizations, I’ve observed most audiences tend to go through a very similar series of reactions, which I call The 4 Stages of Graphic Recording. Curiosity: People wonder who the person with the foam core sheets and easels is and what they are going to […]

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Three Days with FMCS

I spent an amazing 3 days in September capturing the conversations at an meeting of the FMCS, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a department of the federal government that works to resolve labor and other disputes. The highlight was watching my work used over the course of the final afternoon as an integral part […]

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Engaging Emergence Conference, August 21-23, 2023

We were honored to be asked to capture the discussions at the Engaging Emergence Conference, held by the Agora Journalism Center, which is based at the University of Oregon, in Philadelphia from August 21st through the 23rd. Journalists young and old from a variety of media outlets came from all over the country to discuss […]

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FROG illustrations for Brenda K. Reynolds

Coach, consultant and author Brenda K. Reynolds asked Breakthrough Visuals to do some spot illustrations for an upcoming book. The simple black and white illustrations depict the 5 stages people go through after an event that disrupts their life: Freaking Out (F), Taking Responsibility (R), Overcoming Obstacles (O), Growing (G), and becoming Sovereign over an […]

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Graphic recording for Philadelphia Ceasefire

I spent part of my birthday last week graphic recording a press conference for Philadelphia Ceasefire. The event, at Blair Mill, an old textile factory repurposed as a work and event space, featured local luminaries and community activists talking about their efforts to reduce gun violence in the city. This is the 4th event I’ve […]

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Champions Retreat, November 30-December 2, 2022

B Corps, a nonprofit network of socially-responsible businesses, asked us to create an infographic charting the history of like-minded Philadelphia businesses.The poster-sized graphic was prominently displayed at the 2-day Champions Retreat conference in December at the Loews Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.B Corps had another, more unusual, request. They asked Breakthrough Visuals to set up in […]

Graphic recording, Terry LaBan, Philadelphia area graphic recorder, Breakthrough Visuals, sketch notes, illustration

What Lies Ahead

It’s January, time to dust off the crystal ball and see what the new year will bring. It’s murky at first, but soon shapes start to emerge. There are conferences that lack excitement. Meetings where participants keep looking at their phones. Important messages that aren’t getting attention. Slide presentations that could be much more interesting. […]

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When Climate Change is Good

Have you ever been in a meeting where the emotional climate is chilly? Participants are distracted, disinterested, and reluctant to engage. Time is wasted and the issues at hand remain unresolved. But when you include a graphic recorder the room warms right up. People are surprised and delighted to see their conversations captured in visual […]