The founder of the Graphic Recording Studio, Alece Birnbach brings experience as a fine artist, illustrator and 20 years as an advertising art director to her company.  Her background in advertising and client service for large agencies gives her a marketing expertise that matches her skills as a successful commercial illustrator. This unique combination of skills and experience gives Alece the ability to listen differently to what clients need and to capture and organize ideas quickly, always with sustainable outcomes in mind.

Alece has created live maps of keynotes, concurrent sessions and panel discussions, board retreats, and vision and planning meetings. She is also a highly skilled digital illustrator and creates beautiful infographics and animated videos that bring clarity to a wide range of concepts.  Her work spans from Fortune 500 companies to small nonprofit organizations.

Here's what clients are saying:

It was a pleasure to work with Alece to produce a graphic recording of our workshop with a client. Alece was very professional and she led us through the process smoothly. She genuinely cares about the outcome and did a lot of preparation leading up to the workshop, reading up on our client and understanding our main objectives. Our client partners and consultants were impressed with the final product as it perfectly captured the workshop journey and key points throughout the day. We would hire her again in the next opportunity and highly recommend her services. Thanks Alece!”

–Chris Fujiyoshi, Infosys Consulting


"Alece, well…what can I say...you ROCKED it!  Thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job on all the graphic recordings from the PlayRoom sessions.  Not only are you a great artist, but you captured the essence of each session perfectly and conveyed it in a colorful and fun way."

– Sharon Fisher,  Play With A Purpose


"It was a pleasure to collaborate with Alece on a project designed to capture my students’ voice in a mural that will impact change agency in higher education.  Alece and I worked closely to imagine what representational strategies would best reflect the research data my team collected on the spot, and the resulting mural now provides an invaluable perspective on our research and will inform the direction of our future work with students.  On top of that, literally hundreds of students pass by the mural each day and admire how great their own words look!  Thanks for the amazing experience and product, Alece!"

– Dr. Lunden MacDonald, Director of First Year Success Program, MSU


"Alece’s drawings, gracious interaction with our members and phenomenal closing presentation hit the mark for NASAA at our annual conference. We made a new friend and found a new colleague.”

– Kelly Barsdate, CEO National Assembly of State Arts Agencies


"It’s terrific to have a visual representation of our strategic plan. It will hang in a high traffic area of our building so that all staff can be reminded daily of where we are headed – our dream for a better future for the women we serve and their families. My hope is that we will enlist visitors who are inspired by our vision map to join us in accomplishing our long term organizational goals.”

– Tamra Ryan, CEO Women's Bean Project


"We held a Summit with industry experts and Alece was able to bring to life six hours of  discussion in a very succinct but impactful way that we reference throughout the year. It was our first time using a visual recorder and we liked it so much, we brought her to an offsite the following week! Thank you Alece."

–  Valerie Fleck, VP, WhiteWave Foods Company


"I had the pleasure of working with Alece Birnbach during the HERS 2014 Summit meeting.  Everybody in the conference was not only impressed by her beautiful drawings, but also how accurately her work represented all the information being shared by the presenters.  Her work enhanced the information being shared during the Summit and it is proudly included on our website for future reference.  We will certainly tap into Alece for any future meetings."

– Elizabeth Suares, Higher Education Resource Services, University of Denver