ABOUT ME - VISUAL THINKER . ILLUSTRATOR. GRAPHIC FACILITATOR. TRAINER

My name is Katrina Swanton and I founded Swanton Sketches in 2020 with the intention of helping individuals and companies to harness the power of visual thinking. 

Visual notes have been proven to aid learning and retention. 

They are an effective approach to summarise and share key discussions from meetings and events. 

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Visual summaries offer complementary approaches to communicate complex ideas from research papers or company reports. 

Visuals grab attention and engage more people! 


I can help a range of industries and sectors to use visuals to bring together people and ideas, however my expertise is in Higher Education.  I have worked in the sector for over 20 years. I am a specialist in learning and teaching and gained Senior Fellowship of AdvanceHE for my contribution to supporting learning and teaching.


News & Updates

June 2024 - A busy few months where I have been working on an illustration project with a collaborator at the University of Durham on Prevent legislation; live sketched at a Scottish Funding Council event on National Equality Outcomes (and I feature in this great summary video produced rapidly after the event (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWsz8ZBYgoY); I supported the final couple of workshops for an ESRC-funded research project on Domestic Homicide (led by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow University) and I am particularly proud to have been welcomed back for the fourth time to work with the University of Liverpool's Academy on their Making an Impact Conference (previous examples of my work feature on their website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/researcher/making-impact/resources/ )


March 2024 - A highlight from this month was working with student leaders and the Scottish Undergraduate Oncology Conference which took place at the University of Edinburgh on 23rd March. I was commissioned to help scribe the co-creation of a SUOC Manifesto for cancer quality improvement in Scotland with Dr David Morrison, Director of the Scottish Cancer Registry and student attendees. You can take a look at what we created over in the graphic recording tab


February 2024 - Lots of exciting plans in the mix for this year. I am delighted to have been asked to join the organising committee of Scotviz (https://www.meetup.com/Scotviz/) a Scottish-based visual practitioners group and am thrilled to be able to contribute ideas to continue to grow and develop this networking space.  I have a number of commissions lined up for later in the year and am spending this time getting myself prepared and ready for what will be another busy Spring/Summer! 


December 2023 - Another year comes to a close, and what a year! I have been relatively quiet professionally the past few months as I have been taking some time off to do a bit of postgraduate study myself. I was able to put my visual skills to work to produce one of my formative assessments which was a reflective take on my approach to literature searching. If you want to take a look, the file is available here: hyperlink to visual reflection. I am a massive advocate of using visual skills to support study and was funded by Edinburgh Napier University in 2022 to conduct a small-scale research study into the topic. If you are interested in hearing more - get in touch! 


September 2023 - Some highlights from the past few months, include illustration work for clients at the University of Staffordshire featuring in a Quality Assurance Agency webinar on Phenomena-Based Learning on 18th September 2023 (https://www.qaa.ac.uk/news-events/blog/a-different-approach-to-learning-is-phenomenon-based-learning-the-new-way-to-educate). I was also delighted to work with colleagues and students at Edinburgh Napier University to produce visuals around the concept of student/staff partnership which was featured in a presentation at the national 2023 RAISE Conference in Leeds  (https://www.raise-network.com/


Some of our clients

Our client base is always expanding - but here are just some of the clients we have worked with to date...