Sita Magnuson is a graphic facilitator, also known as a scribe. Her passion for the said profession describes not only what she does but also what she is. Basically, her work as a trained artist is to represent ideas while people converse, create large, colorful images and diagrams, which illustrate the subjects discussed in various meetings. It serves as an accessible, visual record called “Knowledge Wall.”
Magnuson has been traveling across the country for more than 15 years. She has reached places within the country and overseas – in schools and universities, private businesses, and world economic forums. Her obligation is to find ways and make constant decisions on how the people can relate to concepts discussed in an artistic way.
“A lot of the practice is really about listening. It is almost like a form of meditation. Your choices need to be grounded in a deep understanding of what the client wants to do, what the objectives are, and how you can visually serve that,” Magnuson said in an interview.
According to Gazette, it was a skill that she developed for a long time and is somehow a part of her creative nature. “I was always listening with my hand. In school, I was always doodling. It just comes naturally, and over time I have come to trust my intuition,” Magnuson said as she describes how she transforms spoken words into images.
Furthermore, Magnuson believes that the charm of her work lies on the connections she creates with the people involved in the same field. She describes this experience as “the intersection of process, creative practice, and deep listening.”
Magnuson usually works independently, but at the end of the day, she wants to discover how people who are not together can constantly share details, ideas, and information artistically. As expected, this is not a typical Instant Messaging one would hope for.