By Wendy Underhill
Tim Corey’s artwork, as seen at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Seattle this week, is really graphic. And explicit. Even shocking.
And those are all compliments, given that Corey is a graphic recorder. During educational sessions hosted by NCSL’s Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee, Corey worked quietly, drawing what he heard as subject-area experts shared their material through conversation and presentations. Think of it as note-taking writ large. Or visual minutes.
His work for NCSL was graphic, because that’s the name of his skill; explicit, because he captured abstract concepts in realistic images, and shocking, because few if any attendees had seen this kind of enhancement previously.
It even had an element of “performance art” to it, because attendees could watch him in action, while learning about “Campaign Finance: What the Courts Have Said”
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From NCSL’s perspective, using a graphic recorder was an experiment in interactive programming, one way we are likely to repeat. The pilot was made possible through a generous grant from the OSET Foundation, the home of the Trust the Vote Project.
Wendy Underhill runs NCSL's elections program. Email Wendy.