Do you want to see

...a more inclusive vision for your organisation?

Do you want to see

...everyone truly on board?

where seeing is believing

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Hello, welcome to deadcatdreaming

…a team dedicated to taking creative participation and involvement to the next level.

So what do we do? In a nutshell, we are all about helping you consult and connect with those who matter most to your organisation.

Whether it’s your customers, colleagues or service users, we make it easy for groups to come together and communicate their collective insights. The insights that you need to adapt, improve and grow what you do

Harnessing the power of  imagery to create a shared vision, we use your group’s own visual metaphors to unpack meaning and create rich picture understanding.

Typically these images are painted large, so that everyone can literally SEE what is being talked about and know that they have been HEARD.



Limitless possibilities

To keep things simple, we group our services under three main headings; Big Picture, Bigger Picture and CO Cards. They each offer unique benefits designed to meet different needs, but all with the purpose of taking the conversation to the next level.

For a quick insight into how it works watch the video or simply keep scrolling.

BIG Picture

With BIG Picture it’s a deadcatdreaming scribe who captures the groups metaphors, literally drawing out the ideas; enriching understanding and raising collective awareness.
Full of colour, these painted creations avoid becoming illustrated flow charts or collections of buzz words. Instead they act as art should, inspiring contemplation and provoking new insights. At the end of the event the finished artwork is yours to keep, a permanent and evocative reminder of a unique and powerful experience.

BIGGER Picture

Transforming your venue into a pop-up art studio this solution has your whole group painting their shared vision side-by-side. Painted large for all to see, these collaborative creations are very much a team effort.
With no previous artistic ability required, your group will leave feeling proud of what they have achieved, on so many levels.Yours to keep, the finished artwork is a permanent and evocative showcase of participation in practice.

CO Cards

Co Cards are a creative toolkit that make ‘meaning-full’ conversations easy. The distillation of years of running graphically facilitated events, this unique set of image cards unpacks perceptions to arrive at shared understanding and collective agreement.
Pocket sized and portable they are engaging and quick to use whilst at the same time rich in potential, enabling performance improvements at group and individual level for all kinds of enterprises whether they are private, public, for profit or non-profit.


A collection of case studies describing what we do and how we do it.

BIG PictureIn Practice
March 31, 2020

Enhancing the Experience

Dave Stewart, from the charitable trust Positive Steps, has a reputation as an enabler; he makes things happen. Whether it's helping vulnerable young people overcome barriers, training practitioners so that they can achieve better outcomes or generating concepts for new tools…
Bigger PictureCO CardsDCD ExamplesIn Practice
March 31, 2020

Seeing Opportunities

Working with visual metaphors enables people to SEE things differently. The use of imagery opens up outlooks, expands horizons and reveals new possibilities. In a similar fashion, much of our creative work opens up new work opportunities. Inspired by the process…
CO CardsDCD ExamplesIn Practice
March 31, 2020

Essential Travel Cards

Interview with Brian McDonough, Associate Director of the International Centre for Community Development (ICCD) and Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University Funded by Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, this unique outreach project took Brian McDonough, in his role…


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