About ImageThink

OUR STORY


ImageThink was founded in 2009 by passionate pioneers and friends, Nora Herting and Heather Willems. What started as a means of subsidizing our art-making then flourished as we applied our experience as fine artists, educators and facilitators to found New York City’s first graphic facilitation firm.

Today, ImageThink is a team of 14 based in Brooklyn and San Francisco who share an excitement for igniting ideas by bringing the creative process to business. Featured in TED Talks, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and on the Today Show, we have visualized the biggest ideas of some of the world’s most influential companies to visually drive discussions, create lasting records of free-flowing ideas, and provide actionable documents to continue the conversation long after the event.


The Team

Contact us for workshop facilitation, strategic planning, or marquee conferences. Our staff has the experience to make your event memorable!

Heather WillemsPrincipal and Co-Founder

Heather Willems, co-founder of ImageThink, has a passion for making connections. Whether she is developing client relationships, leading workshops, or speaking about visual thinking, she loves supporting people’s personal and professional growth. She’s has been graphic facilitating for over a decade, and her lifelong practice of journaling and drawing out ideas was demonstrated in her work on the Today Show. Heather holds an MFA in fine art photography from the Ohio State University, and her fine art work has been featured in the New York Times and in galleries throughout the country. Heather lives with her husband Liam, and their dog Zaso in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently serves as a board member for EO Brooklyn.

Nora HertingPrincipal and Co-Founder

Before co-founding ImageThink, Nora Herting was a graphic recorder and a visiting professor at Denison University. At ImageThink, Nora enjoys collaborating with clients to facilitate strategy and visual mapping sessions. One of her proudest moments as a graphic recorder was learning that Google CEO Larry Page hung her visual summary over his desk. When she is not wielding markers, Nora is behind her camera, exhibiting her photography and dreaming new visions for ImageThink.

Maria DelgadoFinance Manager

Maria Delgado brings her depth of experience in finance, logistical planning, and creative savvy to the ImageThink team. She has a diverse background, including a B.A. in Cinematography/Photography and an M.A. in Medieval Manuscripts, and she’s passionate about film noir and a wide variety of music genres. Before joining the ImageThink team, Maria worked in the interior design industry in New York and had the opportunity to live in Switzerland for over two years. She lives with her husband and two great kids in Florida.

Maricia DuPlessisManager of Operations

Our team relies on Maricia’s energy, creativity and logistical prowess to ensure our team is delivering our best work to our clients. She works hard to maintain the existing systems and operations and continues to seek innovative ways to maintain our status as the preeminent graphic recording firm in New York and beyond. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, she studied law there before spending time working abroad in Ireland. In her spare time, she loves knitting, making body butter, and baking.

Catherine HuangProject Manager

Catherine brings her expertise in client services and management to ImageThink, working to provide the best experience by coordinating logistics and materials. Before joining our team, Catherine worked at an international auction house and graduated from Boston University with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture. When she is not in the office, she spends her time volunteering and traveling with friends and family. Catherine is also an aspiring mixologist and loves to bake, and is always on the hunt for delicious food. 

Christopher SaundersProject Manager

Christopher brings a background in client services and logistics to ImageThink. He works closely with clients to integrate ImageThink's expertise in graphics in order to amplify their vision. Before joining the team, Christopher worked in the contemporary art field in New York City coordinating artists and materials for client sessions. Christopher is busy as a painter in his Brooklyn art studio, and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

Chyna CanadaOffice Manager

Chyna Canada keeps things in order at ImageThink HQ and ensures the office is running smoothly every day. She is an aspiring literary artist with hopes of publishing her own book of short stories and poetry, and is currently pursuing her Associates degree in writing in literature. Outside of the office, Chyna loves spending time with friends and family, and exploring new ways to stay active.

Yao XiaoDirector of Creative Services

Originally from Tianjin, China, Yao Xiao has worked with ImageThink since 2013. As the Director of Creative Services, she loves solving problems visually and creatively. She keeps our brand voice freshly in check, and she makes sure information is presented clearly and delightfully to our clients. Yao studied fine art, social psychology, writing and poetry before she earned her BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She has lived in many places across the US before calling New York her home. Yao loves traveling, and lives in Ridgewood with her cat, Happy.

James LakeSenior Graphic Recorder

James Lake brings his long-standing experience in illustration, design, and performance together as a senior graphic recorder for the ImageThink team. He relocated to San Francisco in 2015 to open ImageThink’s West Coast office. While he's not traveling and graphic recording, James illustrates stories under his nom de plume Silent James and watches MMA.    

Greta HayesGraphic Recorder

Greta Hayes brings a background in art, architecture, and music to the ImageThink team, and these visual and performance skills allow her to think quickly and creatively on her feet as a graphic recorder. Her architectural illustrations awarded her two grant-funded stays in Europe to travel and draw. Greta received her B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, and has been a lifelong artist and musician, playing the cello since the age of 4 and performing in the US, UK, and France. She lives with her violinist sister Audrey in Brooklyn, NY.

Aaron MayperGraphic Recorder

Aaron's lifelong love of graphic novels and drawing led him to the world of graphic recording, where he helps turn abstract content into concrete visuals. A California native, he moved to New York to study drawing and etching at Sarah Lawrence College and in Florence, Italy before moving to Brooklyn.

Ona RygelisGraphic Recorder

Ona Rygelis, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has a fine arts background which brought her to ImageThink as a graphic recorder. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University. While not traveling with the team, Ona loves to paint, ride her bike, practice yoga with her family, and play piano with her twin sister Emilija.

Derrick DentGraphic Recorder

Derrick Dent, in addition to graphic recording for ImageThink, is a freelance editorial illustrator and comic artist based in Brooklyn. He attended and taught at Memphis College of Art as a drawing and sequential narrative instructor, and is a prolific location sketcher in his second home, NYC. He is also a bicycling enthusiast and a big fan of coffee.

Lilly LamGraphic Recorder

Lilly has been using drawing to process information for many years, which makes Lilly a natural at graphic recording. A NYC native, she taught English in Japan and received a Multidisciplinary Design degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, NL before moving back to New York. Her experience spans various forms of design, including graphics, objects, spaces, urban planning, and workshops. Outside of the office, she is working on illustrating her first children’s book and collects bits of nature to create found object doodles whenever possible.
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Heather WillemsPrincipal and Co-Founder

Heather Willems, co-founder of ImageThink, has a passion for making connections. Whether she is developing client relationships, leading workshops, or speaking about visual thinking, she loves supporting people’s personal and professional growth. She’s has been graphic facilitating for over a decade, and her lifelong practice of journaling and drawing out ideas was demonstrated in her work on the Today Show. Heather holds an MFA in fine art photography from the Ohio State University, and her fine art work has been featured in the New York Times and in galleries throughout the country. Heather lives with her husband Liam, and their dog Zaso in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently serves as a board member for EO Brooklyn.
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Nora HertingPrincipal and Co-Founder

Before co-founding ImageThink, Nora Herting was a graphic recorder and a visiting professor at Denison University. At ImageThink, Nora enjoys collaborating with clients to facilitate strategy and visual mapping sessions. One of her proudest moments as a graphic recorder was learning that Google CEO Larry Page hung her visual summary over his desk. When she is not wielding markers, Nora is behind her camera, exhibiting her photography and dreaming new visions for ImageThink.
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Maria DelgadoFinance Manager

Maria Delgado brings her depth of experience in finance, logistical planning, and creative savvy to the ImageThink team. She has a diverse background, including a B.A. in Cinematography/Photography and an M.A. in Medieval Manuscripts, and she’s passionate about film noir and a wide variety of music genres. Before joining the ImageThink team, Maria worked in the interior design industry in New York and had the opportunity to live in Switzerland for over two years. She lives with her husband and two great kids in Florida.
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Maricia DuPlessisManager of Operations

Our team relies on Maricia’s energy, creativity and logistical prowess to ensure our team is delivering our best work to our clients. She works hard to maintain the existing systems and operations and continues to seek innovative ways to maintain our status as the preeminent graphic recording firm in New York and beyond. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, she studied law there before spending time working abroad in Ireland. In her spare time, she loves knitting, making body butter, and baking.
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Catherine HuangProject Manager

Catherine brings her expertise in client services and management to ImageThink, working to provide the best experience by coordinating logistics and materials. Before joining our team, Catherine worked at an international auction house and graduated from Boston University with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture. When she is not in the office, she spends her time volunteering and traveling with friends and family. Catherine is also an aspiring mixologist and loves to bake, and is always on the hunt for delicious food. 
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Christopher SaundersProject Manager

Christopher brings a background in client services and logistics to ImageThink. He works closely with clients to integrate ImageThink's expertise in graphics in order to amplify their vision. Before joining the team, Christopher worked in the contemporary art field in New York City coordinating artists and materials for client sessions. Christopher is busy as a painter in his Brooklyn art studio, and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. 
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Chyna CanadaOffice Manager

Chyna Canada keeps things in order at ImageThink HQ and ensures the office is running smoothly every day. She is an aspiring literary artist with hopes of publishing her own book of short stories and poetry, and is currently pursuing her Associates degree in writing in literature. Outside of the office, Chyna loves spending time with friends and family, and exploring new ways to stay active.
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Yao XiaoDirector of Creative Services

Originally from Tianjin, China, Yao Xiao has worked with ImageThink since 2013. As the Director of Creative Services, she loves solving problems visually and creatively. She keeps our brand voice freshly in check, and she makes sure information is presented clearly and delightfully to our clients. Yao studied fine art, social psychology, writing and poetry before she earned her BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She has lived in many places across the US before calling New York her home. Yao loves traveling, and lives in Ridgewood with her cat, Happy.
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James LakeSenior Graphic Recorder

James Lake brings his long-standing experience in illustration, design, and performance together as a senior graphic recorder for the ImageThink team. He relocated to San Francisco in 2015 to open ImageThink’s West Coast office. While he's not traveling and graphic recording, James illustrates stories under his nom de plume Silent James and watches MMA.    
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Greta HayesGraphic Recorder

Greta Hayes brings a background in art, architecture, and music to the ImageThink team, and these visual and performance skills allow her to think quickly and creatively on her feet as a graphic recorder. Her architectural illustrations awarded her two grant-funded stays in Europe to travel and draw. Greta received her B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, and has been a lifelong artist and musician, playing the cello since the age of 4 and performing in the US, UK, and France. She lives with her violinist sister Audrey in Brooklyn, NY.
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Aaron MayperGraphic Recorder

Aaron's lifelong love of graphic novels and drawing led him to the world of graphic recording, where he helps turn abstract content into concrete visuals. A California native, he moved to New York to study drawing and etching at Sarah Lawrence College and in Florence, Italy before moving to Brooklyn.
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Ona RygelisGraphic Recorder

Ona Rygelis, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has a fine arts background which brought her to ImageThink as a graphic recorder. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University. While not traveling with the team, Ona loves to paint, ride her bike, practice yoga with her family, and play piano with her twin sister Emilija.
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Derrick DentGraphic Recorder

Derrick Dent, in addition to graphic recording for ImageThink, is a freelance editorial illustrator and comic artist based in Brooklyn. He attended and taught at Memphis College of Art as a drawing and sequential narrative instructor, and is a prolific location sketcher in his second home, NYC. He is also a bicycling enthusiast and a big fan of coffee.
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Lilly LamGraphic Recorder

Lilly has been using drawing to process information for many years, which makes Lilly a natural at graphic recording. A NYC native, she taught English in Japan and received a Multidisciplinary Design degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, NL before moving back to New York. Her experience spans various forms of design, including graphics, objects, spaces, urban planning, and workshops. Outside of the office, she is working on illustrating her first children’s book and collects bits of nature to create found object doodles whenever possible.

Interested in joining our team?

Email us at: joinus@imagethink.net