In 2014 the City of York Council contacted me asking if I could help visualise an open innovation process they were running with their citizens. I took what they had started out as a complex diagram and made it into a visual interpretation of the innovation journey, using a metaphor of a landscape to show different stages and actions. The crucial element in the process visual was to ensure that it could be translated into other European languages as part of an URBACT funded transfer project between York, San Sebastian, Siracusa and Tallinn.

Towards the end of the project the process visual underwent some minor changes and I also supported the conclusion of the project with graphic recording of conclusion workshops and events. I helped visualise the individual stories of how the transfer process worked for each of the cities and also drew out the “key ingredients for a 21st century city”. The visuals have been successfully used both to explain the process to everyday people and to provide visual summaries in reports and on websites.

The work done by Laura was excellent and brought our innovation model to life. It was invaluable in helping others to understanding the process clearly, and in a lively way that inspired and enagaged people. The process for creating it was straightforward and Laura was very effective in clarifying the brief and making helpful suggestions to improve the final product.
– Ian Graham, Head of Innovation, City of York Council

You can find more information on the transfer process on the URBACT / GeniUS! Open project page.

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  • Laura was booked by the Wales Deanery to make a graphic recording of our MedTRiM Course for doctors. She captured both the main learning outcomes of the course and the essence of the learning activities incredibly well. What she produced was so good we now use it on all MedTRiM Courses to set the scene for the day.

    Andy McCann, DNA Definitive

  • Laura was a pleasure to work with, both flexible and accommodating for our specific needs. The final piece produced on the day was of exceptional quality and I highly recommend her.

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  • She turned our research into a creative and effective set of scenarios. We would recommend anyone who wants to make their research come alive to work with Laura.

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  • The work done by Laura was invaluable in helping others to understanding the innovation model clearly, and in a lively way that inspired and engaged people. Laura was very effective in clarifying the brief and making helpful suggestions to improve the final product.

    Ian Graham, Head of Innovation, City of York Council