15 TED Talks Every Web Designer Should Watch
Whether you’re looking for inspiration or insight, these 15 videos cover everything from personal happiness to the future of web design and internet.
Mike Matas: A Next-generation Digital Book
Mike Matas demonstrates the first full-length interactive book: Al Gore’s “Our Choice”. Displayed on the iPad and combined with the written text is an hour of documentary footage, interactive graphics, audio and maps. Not only does this book introduce new concepts of illustrative art, but it also offers new ways to interact with and organize data to share stories.
Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by Design
From small posters in the Subway to breathtaking architecture, Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a journey, teaching how design brings joy to the public. Weaving personal happiness into his design, Sagmeister offers an uplifting glimpse into the creative process and how this positivity can be reflected into the world.
Don Norman: 3 Ways Good Design Makes you Happy
Don Norman explains how pleasant things work better and how happiness leads to better creativity and better problem-solving. He also delves into the three emotional cues a well-designed product will evoke.
Milton Glaser: How Great Design Makes Ideas New
From the TED archives: Legendary Milton Glaser discusses inspiration for graphic design and the process of creating a meaningful concept from both abstract and structured sources. He also explains how breaking the rules can sometimes be a fresh way to refurbish old ideas.
Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an Ad Man
In the design world, intangible value can be a creative – and even better – alternative to quantitative value. He asks the very interesting question, “How many problems in life can be solved by tinkering with perception instead of trying to change reality?”
Simplicity Sells: David Pogue
Writer David Progue discusses the importance of customer support for the technological consumer base that stretches beyond call centers to software that is well-designed and easy to use. Using examples from the best and worst interface designs, Pogue discusses how negotiate simplicity with the increasing demand for features.
Denis Dutton: A Darwinian Theory Of Beauty
Denis Dutton explains the roots of beauty as rooted in the history of humankind. Dutton uses art to describe the journey of shared ideas of beauty across time and across the world, pinning the first example of beautiful design before language was developed. Beauty, according to Dutton, is not in the eye of the beholder, but is instead buried deep in our minds.
David Carson: Design + Discovery
In his entertaining, often hilarious, discussion of simple design (some good, some bad), David Carson shares his views on emotional response to design, including the artist’s intuition. Carson encourages designers to embrace personal perspective to offer a unique approach to their work, forecasting that people will become the center of advertising in the technological age.
Paul Bennett Finds Design In The Detail
IDEO’s creative director, Paul Bennett tackles the challenge of reconciling consumers and corporations by starting with small details that effect client experiences. Bennett provides funny, entertaining examples of mundane and marginalized experiences that inspired people to see the world in new ways. This shift of perception is especially relevant to designers working with clients who are overlooking the tiny details that can improve design and experience.
Kevin Kelly: The Next 5,000 Days Of The Web
Recorded in 2007, this TED talk features Kevin Kelly. At a point when the World Wide Web is 5,000 days old, Kelly predicts the next 5,000 days of the Internet. The energetic publisher of Whole Earth Review and the exec editor of WIRED engages in a retrospective and forward thinking discussion of the one “big machine” we call the Web.
John Underkoffler: Pointing to the Future of UI
John Underkoffler unveils a futuristic interface controlled by hand gestures. Using special gloves, Underkoffler navigates images and data in fluid movements through space, networks and screens. As the science adviser for the film Minority Report, Underkoffler could actually be turning science fiction into reality with this invention.
Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?
The demonstration of Pivot is an interesting look toward the future of web browsing. With an emphasis on pattern recognition and data organization, this program transforms browsing into a more conscious and streamlined “exploration” through massive amounts of data.
Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)
Any designer or artist who has contemplated the magic and deception of art will be inspired by Marco Tempest’s brief, yet profoundly entertaining, meditation on the subject.
Paula Scher: Great Design is Serious (Not Solem)
Paula Scher discusses how her hate for the Helvectica typeface inspired the serious play that launched her legendary career. Join her as she dismisses solemnity and embraces the play that has revived her career over the years.
David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization
David McCandless is a data journalist who sees information overload not as a problem, but as a design opportunity. Bringing information into relevant proportions, McCandless exposes hidden patterns as a data detective. He says that design is about solving problems and providing elegant solutions.