Ink Factory Returning to Chicago Ideas Week as Official Graphic Recording Partner

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Chicago-based graphic recording studio will live-draw all on-stage events during the week-long ideas festival for sixth consecutive year

Ink Factory, a Chicago-based team of artists who help organizations communicate visually, is returning to Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) to graphic record on-stage events during the week-long event, which will feature 150 speakers from October 17-23. The team has provided graphic recording services at CIW, the world’s largest ideas festival, since the event launched in 2011.

Graphic recording—also called visual notetaking—involves capturing ideas in real-time using simple words and pictures that act as metaphors for complex ideas. Because visual notes align with how people learn best—visually—they are a proven tool for helping people remember and easily connect ideas and concepts shared in settings like meetings, conferences, brainstorms and the classroom.

According to Ink Factory Co-Founder Lindsay Roffe, “Ink Factory’s team of trained artists will transform what is said during Chicago Ideas Week into easy-to-digest, large-scale visuals, making the sessions more accessible for attendees and helping spur conversations beyond the stage.”

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with Chicago Ideas and support the organization in its quest to bring great minds together to create positive action,” added Roffe. “Visual experiences like graphic recording can be powerful catalysts for uniting a group of people and inspiring creative thinking, so Chicago Ideas Week is truly an ideal setting for us to work.”

“We’re thrilled to have Ink Factory as a continued partner of Chicago Ideas Week,” said Chicago Ideas Executive Producer and Creative Director Carrie Kennedy. “As we strive to spark ideas into action after every program, Ink Factory’s visual notes encourage meaningful conversations long after the week has ended.”

Ink Factory’s role at Chicago Ideas Week also includes hosting a hands-on Lab titled Think Like Ink that will teach attendees how to improve their visual notetaking skills. For details and to register, visit

In addition, the team will host a CIW YOU(th) Lab, providing high school students from at-risk communities in Chicago the opportunity to visit the Ink Factory studio and practice their visual notetaking skills.

The 2016 CIW agenda features more than 150 events on topics ranging from refugees to comedy to policing. To view the full list of events and speakers and to purchase tickets, visit

Ink Factory is a team of artists that helps organizations communicate visually. With over 35 collective years of experience, the company is a leader in graphic recording—the art and science of translating conversations into real-time visuals to help people process and remember information. Companies like Bank of America, Autodesk, Adobe, NIKE, Walgreens, Whole Foods and EnergyBBDO turn to Ink Factory to graphic record their conferences, meetings and events. The company is based in Chicago where it recently transformed a Bucktown storefront into an open studio, earning the space a Citation of Merit in the AIA Chicago 2016 Small Project Awards. To learn more, visit

Chicago Ideas is a year-round platform and solution-oriented Community of Curiosity that seeks to spark action in the world. Chicago Ideas is the host of Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), the largest ideas festival in the world designed for a wide audience from October 17-23 that connects attendees to globally recognized speakers. It is a space for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago, the greater Midwest and the world. Finalists from the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship program will also participate in CIW in addition to 500 Chicago high school students from at-risk communities as part of the CIW YOU(th) program. Chicago Ideas is a 501(c)(3) organization. Follow Chicago Ideas on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates and learn more about becoming a member at

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