Last month I fulfilled a lifelong career goal—to sketch a TED event.
TED presentations have become the default bar for public speaking: a great idea delivered succinctly, by a polished presenter, in a short period of time. It's a surefire recipe for high quality, informative entertainment.
Matt poses with Sixth Dan Taekwondo Black Belt and Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall.
Graphically recording a TED talk is challenging though—there are a lot of ideas crammed into a 10-12 minute presentation, so there's very little "fluff". Luckily, when the team from TEDxDocklands engaged me to capture the presentations from their 2019 event, I came prepared.
Below are videos of all presenters from the day, along with the sketch that I created in real time (which was gifted to the presenter afterwards). Click each image to see a larger version.
It just so happened that the event coincided with my birthday—and I couldn't think of a more rewarding way to spend it. However, recording 12 presentations back-to-back is exhausting--I almost fell asleep at the table while eating my birthday dinner!
Matt is Chief Doodler at Sketch Group. He has contributed to several books on visual thinking, most recently The World of Visual Facilitation.