You might think to yourself “hey I can draw”, but can you really draw real-time as the presenters are speaking or a conversation of fast speaking colleagues like my team to capture the essence of the topic and key takeaways as that is the hard and even more rare talent. Some may have seen Tom visually record at Autodesk University during a community meeting event and he literally had paper around the room and he just kept drawing non-stop. At the end a complete visual recording of the event was easy for anyone to understand as a picture tells and conveys an idea much better and faster than just semantic text.
More about Tom
Tom is a member of the team I am on in the Office of the CTO and a great fellow, no really Tom’s title is “Autodesk Fellow”. He is one of the instrumental people in the history of the popular Sketchbook Pro and Maya products.Tom is also well known not only for being a nice, thoughtful, stylish, and funny guy, but he is key at TED including the referee of the fun cage match events also at Autodesk University and the Innovation Forums and more.
Tom regularly meets with teams from Autodesk as well as companies around the world and facilitates discussions to flesh out ideas, problems, and strategies by leading the discussion. Many times having a led discussion and documented visually can help a tam arrive at the right strategy, idea, or solution compared to just talking and taking notes in a group meeting amongst themselves without a ring master or herder of innovative cats.
Tom was also a key driving force involved in the Autodesk book “Imagine Design Create”.
“Imagine Design Create tells rich, three-dimensional stories of the value, impact and process of design, showcasing key players, their design challenges, and the victories of collaborative problem solving.”
Some of Tom’s TED Talks
- Tom Rocks!