Nora Herting

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Nora Herting
Born1980/1981 (age 42–43)[1]
Alma mater

Nora Herting is an American artist, known for her photography work on graphic recording and graphic facilitation. She worked on Face of Brooklyn, a series of portraits of Brooklyn residents, sponsored by the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is the co-founder and CEO of ImageThink.

Early life and education[edit]

Herting graduated from University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.[2][3] She also worked at the Archdiocese of Chicago from 2000 to 2003.[4] She received her Master of Fine Arts at Ohio State University in 2005.[2][3] In both schools, her focus was in photography.[5] While in Ohio, she worked on a project called Free Sitting, where she got a job as a trade photographer at Lifetouch in J. C. Penney, documenting her processes and feelings about doing portrait photography.[6]


From 2006 to 2011, Herting worked as a design thinking strategist and graphic facilitator while working for Capgemini Consulting.[4][better source needed]

In 2007, Herting received a grant from the Getty Foundation and the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she created Face of Brooklyn, a collection of 281 portraits of Brooklyn residents taken at 8 parks across the borough.[7][8] In 2011, she contributed to the Brooklyn Public Library's exhibition Attitude: Brooklyn Portraits by Brooklyn Photographers.[1][9]

In 2007, she and artist Rachel Beach created Flip, an exhibition that includes Beach's wooden wall sculptures and Herting's Spirit photographs of cheerleaders.[10][2][11]

Herting and fellow artist Heather Willems co-founded ImageThink in 2009 after seeing the limits of using traditional Powerpoint in meetings and the potential for graphic recording and graphic facilitation to help shape business strategy instead.[12]

In 2013, Herting became a resident at Les Halles Le Havre, France through the Triangle Arts association.[13] The resulting photographic work, Vertical Landscapes, was exhibited in Talle Humane at the Museum of modern art André Malraux - MuMa.[14]

In 2016, she and Willems authored the book Draw Your Big Idea, published by Chronicle Books. The book is "a series of visual exercises for introspection, reflection, brainstorming and goal setting through drawing".[15][16]

In 2018, Herting created portraits of Falun, Sweden residents for Faces of Falun, a reinterpretation of her earlier work based in Brooklyn. The series exhibited at Dalarna Museum in conjunction with the Gallerie Se Konst's art festival Sammankomsten.[17]


  • Herting, Nora; Willems, Heather (2016). Draw Your Big Idea: The Ultimate Creativity Tool for Turning Thoughts Into Action and Dreams Into Reality. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-1452152929.

Personal life[edit]

Herting lives in Brooklyn, New York.[18]


  1. ^ a b Lazarowitz, Elizabeth (March 1, 2011). "Photographer Lauren Fleishman aims to make portraits of Brooklynites married 50 years or more". New York Daily News.
  2. ^ a b c Villareal, Jose (December 30, 2007). "Flip: Rachel Beach and Nora Herting". ArtDaily.
  3. ^ a b Garza, Adriana. "Photography exhibit Community Landscapes on display at Ben Bailey Art Gallery". The Kingsville Record and Bishop News. Kingsville, Texas. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Capgemini ASE - 10 Employees - US Staff". US Staff.
  5. ^ "Vol.33, No. 5-- This issue -- onCampus, OSU"s Newspaper for Faculty and Staff".
  6. ^ Walko, Sarah (April 24, 2012). "An Artist Goes Undercover at a JC Penney Portrait Studio". Hyperallergic. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Ali, Zaheer; Golia, Julie (March 29, 2017). "Episode 12: Women Photographers, Framing Brooklyn". Brooklyn Historical Society (Podcast). Flatbush + Main. Brooklyn Historical Society. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Artists Help Historical Society To Interpret Brooklyn". Brooklyn Eagle. March 12, 2009. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Attitude at the Brooklyn Public Library « Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn". February 12, 2011.
  10. ^ Vartanian, Hrag (April 4, 2008). "Flip: Rachel Beach and Nora Herting". The Brooklyn Rail.
  11. ^ Vartanian, Hrag (March 13, 2008). ""Flip: Rachel Beach & Nora Herting" at Like The Spice". Hyperallergic. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Hall, Jacob (July 17, 2014). "Meet the Artists Helping Companies Think in Pictures". Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Triangle Arts Association Alumni". Residency 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2019 – via Tumblr.
  14. ^ "Stephanie Beck - Blog - Exhibition at the MuMA (Le Havre): The Human Frame/A Taille Humaine, Dec 6 – 8". Stephanie Beck. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Master the Art of Visual Note Taking with These Excellent Guides". Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. September 19, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Heather Willems & Nora Herting". Women to Watch. April 25, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Galleri Se Falun". Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "Nora Herting". MA Conference for Women.