the big book of TED 03.27.2008, 3:46 PM
posted by sebastian mary
At TED 2008, visual cartographers David Sibbet and Kevin Richards produced over 700 spontaneous sketches of the keynote presenters' ideas, using Autodesk visualization tools. These sketches have now been turned into The BIGVIZ, a downloadable 200-page interactive ebook.
Parts of it are rather gnomic without reference to the talks that inspired them; but it's a fascinating glimpse into the way ideas mutate as they are filtered through different forms.
bob stein on March 28, 2008 10:34 AM:
i couldn't figure out what is fascinating here, without the context of the original talks these seem like little more than doodles; form parading as content. and i also couldn't figure out what was "interactive" about it. is there some additional layer that i didn't see?
dave davison on March 28, 2008 1:19 PM:
bob stein has a point - the BIGVIZ book is a great compendium of David and Ken's visual interpretations of the speakers at TED2008 but the "layer"that is missing is the ability to use the book as a user interface to audio/video clips from the TED archive.
Here is an example of the concept Thoughts Illustrated: MuralCasting - Improving ROA (Return on attention)
alex itin on March 29, 2008 2:18 AM:
Great Idea, but I found it a little ugly... not so much the sketches, but the layout. I think there are some nice bits of ideas here... but PDFs tend to drive me insane after three minutes.... Something like this would be great if you could start to unfold it like origami or an advent calendar and photos/text/audio/video would be there when and if you wanted it... that way the drawings would act like a map of the event and you could skip all the dull parts of the trip and go straight to the talks you wanted to remember, or the ones you never saw... or a particular quote or concept as shown in the sketch... Amy Tan stating that a proximity to death might be helpful for creativity jumped out at me. I think I've heard her say that before, but I wouldn't mind hearing it again.
alex itin on March 29, 2008 2:24 AM:
the video of how the pixel wall was made, points to something a lot more interesting than the thing that was made from it.