the visual telefacilitation site     

illuminating the practice of live visual blogging

Live Visual Blogging

... adds live graphics to explain, annotate and illustrate the text of live blogging. Last year two graphic artists did Live Visual Blogging on paper for the SXSW keynotes. This site explores LVB using computers, both for the web as well as on a big screen in front of an audience.

In the above situation, the live blogger's visual output is simply being fed to the web. Some people in the audience may be following on their phones or laptops.

In the situation depicted below, things get more interesting. That's because the event's real-time A/V director has chosen to display the LVB feed up on the smaller screen to the side of the aditorium. Useful positive feedback loop or runaway process of chaos?* That's why it's interesting. And that's why the director can turn off the LVB feed or switch to another one at any time.


* Premise: if the live visual blogger's purpose is to record, facilitate, and reflect, then it is more likely that the LVB feed will be illuminating (not distracting).


Sunni Brown, Bright Spot Info Design
Live graphic recording for 2008 SXSW keynotes

Dave Gray, Xplane
Dave often jams about visual thinking

Fred Lakin, PGC
Graphics performed live on the Web in 1995 for real-time coverage of community meeting.

Marilyn Martin, Rather Graphic
Live graphic recording for 2008 SXSW keynotes

Rob Myers, Process Arts
Live web graphics to facilitate teleconference.

Ole Qvist-Sorensen, Bigger Picture


Live Writing & Drawing for a Group



Structuring Information for Instant Use by Telegroups

The Visual TeleFacilitation Project at PGC

A Visual Agent for Performance Graphics

A Performing Medium for Working Group Graphics

Mapping Design Information

Visual Languages for Cooperation

The Electronic Design Notebook: performing medium and processing medium

Facilitating Cognitive Group Display

old view

Visual Telefacilitation®


Visual Telefacilitation combines two ideas: first, there is the visual facilitator, a person whose defined social role is to help the group process by drawing and writing live for the group. Then the visual facilitation technique is generalized to include distributed group members via telecommunication, either passively or actively. The facilitator may use verbal, visual, or other telecommunication channels in assisting the telegroup process. Taken together, the result is Visual Telefacilitation.

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