Visualizing TED2008 with BigViz

Posted by: Tedstaff


At TED2008 in Monterey, two sketch artists captured the Big Questions live as they happened — watching each speaker, sketching their impressions, and feeding everything into a groundbreaking new system for sharing and connecting ideas. Autodesk‘s BigViz system is an interactive way to record and synthesize big ideas in a collaborative environment — what better place to show it off than at TED?

Two visual cartographers, David Sibbet and Kevin Richards, made more than 700 sketches in the Steelcase Simulcast room using Wacom tablets and Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro, highlighting memorable quotes … great questions … unexpected connections. Their sketches of TED2008 have been turned into a 200-page book, available for download as a PDF. Visit the Autodesk site to learn more about the tag-team process of sketch-blogging and the groovy touchscreen from Jeff Han‘s Perceptive Pixel.

Comments (5)

  • Lilia Patterson commented on Aug 6 2008

    i wanted to look at the drawings but had problems downloading the file. maybe the file was too big.

  • Thomas Hatfield commented on Mar 20 2008

    I recently read a news article (http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/ibm-sounds-death-knell-for-desktop-pc-270127) setting forth some predictions IBM has for the future. I think they really are missing the boat with respect to how we will get to information we need in the new volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world (what the military calls VUCA). Visualization of connections and context will be big…as this application shows!

  • Kaare Tendal commented on Apr 1 2008

    Also see ‘Real-time illustrations’ made by Mie Noerggard at http://nordisk-it.dk/illustration.html. This is low-tech ‘pen-on-whiteboard stuff, but in my experience the effect of having an illustrator and a gigantic whiteboard at a meeting/workshop is still absolutely amazing.

  • Annie Hartzog-Murrell commented on Mar 22 2008

    See also the fabulous “Process Art” of visual artist Sean Griffin at http://www.seangriffin.com/ and take a look at what he is doing to help businesses, municipalities and individuals wake up.

  • Sally Vallongo commented on Apr 23 2008

    Em, you were so right about JBT’s talk. It’s immensely moving and, no pun intended, mind-blowing.