Writing on the Wall
Ever since she’s been able to hold a pen in her hands, Brittany Curry has been writing on walls.
You can catch a glimpse of some of her earliest work on the back walls of her great-great-grandfather’s family business, Curry Dry Cleaners, which served as her childhood canvas.
These days, you can still find Brittany doodling on the walls of Savannah—in fact, it’s her job, and the basis of her small business, Inky Brittany. Far more than your run-of-the-mill doodler, Brittany works as a graphic facilitator, masterfully using large scale imagery that leads groups and individuals towards meaningful goals. You know those times you’re in a meeting or conference and forget everything that was discussed as soon as you walk out the door? Graphic recorders—and facilitators—like Brittany help to combat that, by making sure the main takeaways of the meeting are well-documented with lasting, beautiful, inclusive visuals. As Brittany says, “The use of visuals helps lead people to the bigger picture.”
A lifelong Savannah resident, Brittany graduated from Calvary Day School before packing up and moving to Milledgeville to attend Georgia College. After graduating with a degree in liberal arts and rhetoric, she spent the next 12 years helping campaign for those with disabilities in Milledgeville. It was during this time her natural knack for doodling began to mix with her ardent passion for advocacy.
“I just took permission from nobody but me to start using visuals in our communications,” explains Brittany. “There aren’t a lot of adults running around giving each other hand-drawn pictures, so it turned out to be really effective. It’s just a great way to keep the ball rolling, to help keep people engaged until they meet again.”
After attending the Toronto Summer Institute for Inclusion, Brittany learned that visual communication is an actual field of practice, and in 2014, she began considering the art of graphic recording and facilitation as a side hustle. Initially, she picked up jobs with her alma mater, but soon would make frequent drives back and forth to her hometown to work with organizations like Emergent Savannah.
This past year, Brittany moved back to Savannah and has transformed Inky Brittany into her full-time business. She has helped with numerous projects for Georgia’s developmental disability advocacy community, but her work is not limited to any certain field. She also works with major nationwide philanthropies, notably helping with Invest Health, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Reinvestment Fund.
There is substantial research to back up the claim that people are more likely to retain information when visuals are used in addition to words. However, for Brittany, that isn’t the only benefit of what she does through Inky Brittany.
“Graphic facilitation helps avoid a David and Goliath situation. You don’t just have the big boss talking all over the people,” she explains. “It helps to democratize the meeting, and helps everybody feel like their voice is being heard, and that it’s going to count.”
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