Through his cartoons, Robert Black brings a fresh perspective to strategic meetings or corporate communications. His diverse experience and interests combine with a well-developed sense of humour to create a unique and memorable view of the world.
Coronavirus update — December 2021:
I have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and am based out of Melbourne, so for now I have to apply for Travel Permits to attend events outside Victoria, subject to travel restrictions (current travel updates). I am however available to attend workshops or events within Victoria that comply with business and industry restrictions, or by video.
Robert’s journey maps have been very popular with companies and teams with dozens commissioned. Learn more and see examples on the Journey Maps page.
Robert also makes corporate ‘drawn’ videos, which explain the why behind complex issues. Here’s a video completed for the Australian Energy Market Operator…
To learn more about how his corporate videos help groups articulate abstract or complex ideas in a highly approachable and engaging format, visit the Drawn Videos page.
Robert attends strategy workshops to produce cartoons that aid group conversation, often in conjunction with other meeting facilitators.
Strategic Cartooning uses drawing and visual metaphor as a business tool to assist companies with their strategic thinking, helping management groups to see problems from a new visual perspective, often with a good dash of humour.
Cartoons are also a great way to encourage group conversations around difficult topics. People can struggle to remember presentation bullet points, and yet vividly describe the metaphors of a humorous cartoon weeks later.
Robert also draws cartoons on commission, both individually and in series. Typical uses for this are management books, company safety campaigns, websites, presentations, manuals and videos.
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As well as being a cartoonist, Robert worked as a senior graphic designer for 20 years at his award-winning design studio, ThereFor.
He has also worked in the fields of web development, software programming, and workflow automation. With a personal interest in engineering, entrepreneurship, and strategic thinking, Robert has been an active participant in design industry bodies and has held various positions on State and national committees of the Australian Graphic Design Association.
When I tell people I work as a Strategy Cartoonist, sometimes the easiest way to explain it is to give some examples of what I do...
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