I am a Visual Process Professional who delights in using my unique combination of analytic and creative skills to design effective artistic solutions and develop innovative processes.
As you can see on the top left side of my Visual Bio, my early years were spent exploring the rivers and mountains of New England. This instilled in me a deep sense of curiosity, a thirst for adventure, and an abiding love of nature.
My natural inquisitiveness and tendency to experiment led me to pursue formal education as a microbiologist. In the laboratory all my work was oriented towards helping advance public health via vaccine research.
At Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH / NIAID) and Emergent BioSolutions my focus was on developing HIV/AIDS vaccines, emerging viral pathogens and anthrax vaccine product development, respectively. No worries, we didn’t handle the bug itself; our focus was on the vaccine!
As important as my public health career was, I realized that I was profoundly unhappy having science as my only creative expression, so I started drawing and painting.
During my initiative to complete a painting a day for 100 days,
I learned of Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation, and realized that I’ve been doing it my whole life without even knowing it! All my lab notebooks were full of diagrams and doodlings, and I best understood any scientific article by deconstructing it into pictures and charts.
This realization led me to make it a more regular practice: I began to study Graphic Facilitation and Recording in earnest, and started experimenting with using visuals as much as possible internally
in our team meetings and culture-building efforts.
I soon became known for my particular way of listening and looking at a question, problem or situation by using visual facilitation methods including Graphic Recording, Graphic Facilitation, Summary Murals and Coaching. It quickly became a natural form of self-expression for me and a significant contribution to my colleagues.
These experiences inspired a keen desire to shift my professional career fully into the world of Visual Communications.
Since launching Hannah Sanford Studios in 2014, I’ve been delighted to learn that my powers of analysis and observation honed over the years at the lab bench provide an unparalleled capacity to listen deeply and focus on the nitty-gritty details and processes, while also seeing and speaking to the bigger picture purpose and intentions.
And it’s become clear that all my time in the academic, government and corporate worlds of Harvard Medical School, the NIH and Emergent BioSolutions, respectively, have provided me with a depth and breadth of understanding across all these areas.
These experiences alchemized into a unique blend of structured, logical, organized scientist and open, free-flowing, creative artist that provides you with the best of both worlds as your Visual Process Professional.
I currently live in the Washington, DC area and love painting, nature and a little adventure every day!
Including the adventure that is inherent in every new event or project.
Connect for a discovery call with me today to schedule a time.