I was over the moon last week, when the postie (God bless Royal Mail), dropped a lovely mini-book through my letterbox. It was the brilliantly funny collection of cartoons and comms doodles, from the excellent Helen Reynolds.
Twitter peeps will no doubt know her as @HelReynolds and the nice folk at @WeAreResource have made the publishing happen. Copies are going to be hot property and I have my own personalised front on mine.
I have followed the excellent cartoonist @MartinShovel for a long time and Helen went on one of his courses together with MarthaLeyton. While I can take a mean photograph, I cannot draw to save my life, so I am gushing with admiration for what she has achieved.
You can say an awful lot in a cartoon, that would be tricky or even offensive in another medium. They can convey a message far more quickly than a slab of text. You don't need to be able to read to understand a cartoon. How many government or health messages have you experienced as a cartoon? They connect with our childhood sense of humour and use a relaxed method of getting across often dull or painful messages.
I have occasionally used cartoons (other peoples of course, with a credit), in presentations. They can diffuse tensions, particularly as they are an easy way to spotlight stereotypes and smooth the way to raising issues or introducing change.
Looking through the variety of Helen's work in her book, she touches on many of the themes I see in my work, particularly around change and perceptions of social media among other things.
Here's a few of my favourites, I have encountered more than one of these myself. Before you ask, its Chocolate Hobnobs for me at meetings every time!
So, get yourself on one of Helen's or WeAreResource's courses or sessions, and snaffle a copy of this excellent tome yourself!
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