We had the good fortune of connecting with Taryl Hansen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taryl, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As a former classroom educator, I have always had an interest in the way people learn best. As a young student, I found it challenging to learn in the way others seemed to, especially in traditional classroom setting. I was never a fan of “sit and get” education, and thrived academically only when I could touch, feel and do things for myself rather than watch and demonstration and take notes. As I became a teacher myself, I designed experiences for students that allowed them to be the director of their own learning adventures. I sought ways to solicit creativity and experimentation with my students, and taught them that “mistakes are only opportunities.” Visuals became a large part of how I taught and introduced concepts in the classroom, and later in my work with adults in training teachers. After 18 years in education, I decided to pursue a career in graphic recording because of my deep passion for helping learners SEE concepts through new and emerging lenses. Frame the Message Ink is my company, and I draw LIVE at meetings and events, providing a visual summary of the speakers’ messages. The name is derived from the idea that it’s not enough to speak our messages to the masses, we must frame the message well in order for it to be seen, heard and remembered.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a graphic recorder. I draw LIVE at meetings and events while the speaker(s) share their messages to audiences. I create illustrative summaries by drawing on large sheets of foam core, large enough for audiences to see and engage with. These large murals offer audiences the opportunity to SEE and retain information over long periods of time and make connections throughout the event. LIVE visual recording can take place in person using analog tools or in virtual spaces using digital tools such as an iPad and digital pen. The purpose is to engage audiences by bringing a more dynamic approach to learning through visual messaging. I started my business, Frame the Message Ink, five years ago. After spending about 18 years teaching in a classroom, and 10 years as a trainer in teacher development, I decided to launch my creative career as a visual communicator. I am proud to say in the last five years, I have traveled to 5 countries and graphically recorded conversations all over the U.S. and abroad. I make my living with magic markers and super-sized sketchpads! I believe learning should be vibrant, interesting and engaging. I believe adults should have access to the type of learning we design in classrooms everyday. Let’s make learning more interesting and engaging! In doing so, we have a greater chance of inspiring people to action. Because of these beliefs, I’m proud to be part of such an innovative and important industry. In the face of Covid 19, there are fewer possibilities to perform in LIVE spaces. As many small businesses have learned, it is important to evolve as needs change. These days, I offer VIRTUAL graphic recording and use my iPad to capture meetings taking place online in virtual spaces. I create digital images for presentations, publications and online curriculums. While I miss the in-person connections, I know that visual communication is more of a necessity now than ever. Visual messaging is no longer optional, it’s essential.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a Phoenix enthusiast. As a native, one of very few, I get excited about new restaurants and developments to go and try. A few of my recent favorites have been those with pet friendly patios and outdoor dining. For the majority of the year, Phoenix weather can’t be beat, and outdoors these days is the safest place to be. For a great margarita and tapas Barrio Queen, the Ahi Salad and a pint of Guiness at the Thirsty Lion, Isabellas for a glass of wine during twighlight hours as the sun is setting. These are a few of my favorite places. For a walk through time and history, a full day spent at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and if we’re lucky catch a concert in their amazing auditorium. Botanical Gardens during their Luminaries event at Christmas time is a must do for my family every year! Live music, wine and loitering in the gardens can’t be beat!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The small and amazingly talented group of graphic recorders/graphic facilitators nationally and internationally, committed to elevating the importance of visual learning across the globe.
Youtube: Frame the Message Ink https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPrmsOjbMpIa98uuNDMOG1Q?view_as=subscriber
Other: Behance Portfolio: https://www.behance.net/framethemessageink
Taryl Hansen, Frame the Message Ink