Autodesk at TED2008
At this year's TED2008 conference, Autodesk participated as a major sponsor and hosted a lunch on sustainable design, featuring Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and IDEO CEO Tim Brown. We also demonstrated a technology experiment called the BIGVIZ.
The BIGVIZ is an exploration in visualizing the big ideas presented on the TED mainstage. Two visual cartographers, David Sibbet and Kevin Richards, created over 700 spontaneous sketches of the presenters' ideas. Sibbet and Richards used Autodesk Sketchbook Pro software, running on Wacom Cintiq tablets and rendered on a Perceptive Pixel multi-touch display. With these tools, they presented the big picture to illustrate the power of interactive visualization, communicate ideas visually, and demonstrate the central principles of design innovation.
The BIGVIZ experience is captured in an interactive pdf book that compiles the sketches, a video on multi-touch technology, and a movie that strives to capture the spirit of the TED Talks.
Download a 200-page Acrobat pdf book featuring the sketches, illustrations, and ideamaps of each of the TED mainstage presenters. The preferred method to retrieve this file is to right-click and save to your computer.
THE BIGVIZ INTERACTIVE
See Autodesk and Perceptive Pixel collaborate, using multi-touch technology to interact with the sketches at TED, as they were being created on-site. In this brief and silent video, you’ll see how images can be viewed as a history timeline as well as an interactive digital corkboard format.
THE BIGVIZ Movie
Watch a three-minute movie of the TED2008 BIGVIZ sketches, created by Autodesk animator and compositor Keith Chamberlain, with music scored by TEDster Michael Montes.
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Autodesk Design Innovation
In this video, learn how you can visualize and analyze your designs before building physical prototypes. Using a single model throughout a project lifecycle, you can experience your ideas before they are real. See how technology powers innovation.
Autodesk’s involvement with the TED conference aligns with our commitment to foster design innovation through technology as a means to solve many of today’s global problems. We believe that visualization allows for the conceptualization and collaboration of design solutions prior to the digital design process. Learn more