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03.23.2015  /  

Long ride to work? Make it a #creativecommute

  Many of our employees live a long way from the office. One of our designers has a particularly hellish trek. Instead of whining about it — or just staring at his phone like the rest of us — he started making it a #creativecommute. Sean Voegeli* is a talented illustrator, avid Instagrammer, and loyal Star Wars […] Continue Reading

Design / Interview


08.05.2013  /  

Visual Recap: A Chat With Garr & Nancy

In July, we hosted our first Eat & Meet event with Nancy Duarte and special guest Garr Reynolds. Nancy and Garr discussed what makes a great communicator, the importance of listening, and how to embrace constraints to create compelling presentations. Below you’ll find a visual recap of the questions, as well as (summarized versions of) Garr […] Continue Reading

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06.28.2013  /  

Happy Fry-day! A Good Time for a Good Cause

The only thing better than a Friday is a Fish FRY-DAY! Last Friday, we hosted our second annual Fish Fry to benefit an orphanage in Mexico. Last year, we raised enough to build a sustainable aquaponics system, and it’s working out so well we got together to help expand it. Everything about the evening was […] Continue Reading

Diary / Event


06.18.2013  /  

5 Presentation Lessons From PopUp Magazine

You may have heard of a storytelling event in San Francisco called PopUp Magazine. If you’re lucky, you’ve attended it. And if you happened to draw the short straw, you’ve experienced the anxiety-inducing process that is purchasing “one of San Francisco’s hottest tickets.” The Wall Street Journal said that, and they’re right. There are a […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Tips


04.16.2013  /  

Duarte Workshops Are Coming to London

Duarte is excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first international workshops in London! We’ll be conducting two consecutive sessions of our 1Day VisualStory workshop: Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 – at the beautiful Hoxton Shoreditch Hotel in East London. If you live in or near London, and have been unable to take the time or budget […] Continue Reading

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03.01.2013  /  

TED 2013 | An #illustraTED Gallery

The last TED 2013 speaker has spoken! We’ve officially put down our markers and closed our notebooks. But not before we scanned ’em all and put them in a Slideshare presentation for you to peruse. We had so much fun listening to the brilliant artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, and visualizing their ideas. Throughout the week, […] Continue Reading

Diary / Event / News


02.27.2013  /  

Graphic Recording at #illustraTED | Progress Enigma

The first day of TED brought twenty talented speakers and performers, and three thought provoking themes: Progress Enigma, Beautiful Imperfection, and The Spark. For us, TED isn’t just about listening to the talks, it’s about synthesizing the information, recording it graphically, and uncovering a visual story. Our dynamic duo of illustrators–Dave Nguyen and Jonathan Valiente–transformed the […] Continue Reading

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02.25.2013  /  

#illustraTED | Duarte is Visualizing TED Talks All Week

Another TED Conference means another #illustraTED event at Duarte! As the world’s best and brightest are converging in Long Beach for the 23rd annual TED Conference, we’re hunkering down here at Duarte, getting our pens and papers and devices ready to visualize, summarize, and share their brilliant speeches. Last year, we assembled a team of writers […] Continue Reading

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02.15.2013  /  

In Love Poems and Presentations, Less is More

The latest installation in our Duarte Gallery is a series of blackout poems. Specifically love poems, in honor of Valentine’s Day. The blackout style was made famous by Austin Kleon, the author of Newspaper Blackout, “a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker.”     During a lunch break dedicated to […] Continue Reading

Diary / Message / Strategy


02.05.2013  /  

The Most Talked About Super Bowl Commercial Was a Presentation in Disguise

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, a presentation went undercover, posing as a commercial. The commercial featured a slideshow of photographs, accompanied by the recognizable voice of radio personality Paul Harvey. The narrative was an excerpt of his 1978 speech to the Future Farmers of America, with the recurring phrase, “So God made a farmer.” What made […] Continue Reading

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