At TED2008, they had David Sibbet and Kevin Richards spontaneously sketch the conference presentations using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. A few times during the conference they would show Dave and Kevin's work, which was very cool.
Anyway, you can check it out here and read about it:
At this year's TED2008 conference, Autodesk not only participated as a major sponsor, but hosted a lunch on Sustainable Design featuring Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and IDEO CEO Tim Brown as well as 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 using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro software running on Wacom Cintiq tablets and rendered on a Perceptive Pixel multi-touch display. These tools illustrate the power of interactive visualization to present the big picture to foster insight and communicate ideas visually, central principles of design innovation.
We’ve compiled these sketches into an interactive pdf book and video that strives to capture the spirit of the TED Big Ideas.
I would recommend at least checking out the BIGVIZ Movie here.
It was also cool to see Dave Sibbet at TED since we are both alumni of the Coro Fellowship. He's one of the venerable alumni along with Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jerry Lewis, Gene Siskel, and others. Dave went through the Coro Fellows Program in 1965 while I did it in 1995-1996. He's respected because he became a favorite trainer for Coro and during that time pioneered "graphic facilitation."
"Evolution of Graph Facilitation"
"This context map I did for the California ISO at the height of the energy crisis shows how complex the environment is for anyone tring to maintain reliable, inexpensive energy. The environmental factors on the bottom right are all huge AND unpredictable. The circles are all separate bodies that are influentially involved. It was a huge act of public responsibility to keep the lights on during all the political and other gyrations swirling around the ISO in those trying times. I came away with immense respect for these unsung heroes." - David Sibbet