We’re speaking with Emma Williams, who attended the inaugural Secrets of Simple Graphics Online back in April 2020, to ask her a few questions about her experience.

What motivated you to attend the training in the first place? What problems were you experiencing that you hoped the training would address?
I wanted to top up my skills following the face to face course, provide a creative outlet for myself in these weird times and learn how to use graphics digitally.

How are you using what you’ve learned?
I have built graphics into all aspects of my business. From pictures for my blogs, social media, and newsletters to using drawing in my virtual training events. I have drawn ‘live’ on the whiteboard and encouraged my participants to draw out aspects of their learning using pen and paper and then sharing it over zoom. I also use it now to plan and plot – I’m a visual thinker but it is lovely to have things that look nice too!

What kind of results are you getting? What kind of feedback are you getting?
I have had comments about the pictures in my newsletters and normally no-one says anything! Also, I think the participants enjoy the variety of visual things in the VLT (Virtual Live Training).  My son, age 13, asked me to help him with his art homework!!!

What would you say has been the overall impact of using visual thinking/simple graphics in your work?
I feel it adds another string to my bow, gets me noticed, and benefits my participants.

What would you say to someone who is considering going on the training?
It’s so much fun! Don’t be afraid if you are at stick man level. Just a simple frame has transformed my flip charts!

Anything else you’d like to add?
Emer is so warm and welcoming you will have a great time and it’s a real boost to your confidence.

Emma provides career illumination for PhD+ researchers having ‘been there and worn the lab coat’ herself. Working face to face, virtually and with online courses, she helps these bright people make the most of their fixed-term contracts to navigate towards the career of their dreams – even if they don’t know what it is yet!.

All artwork in this article has been created by Emma.

Feel inspired by Emma’s experience? Book your place now for the next Secrets of Simple Graphics Online 6-week course.