Maintain Your Edge: 5 Of Our Favorite TED Talks

For anyone in a creative field, keeping current with new ideas, trends, and best practices is crucial to maintaining your relevance and subsequent success. TED Talks and similar events cut to the core of this in-the-know positioning, providing access to some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in digestible 20-minute segments.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled five of our favorite TED Talks that shed some light on maintaining your creativity.

1)      Happiness by Design
– Stefan Sagmeister

“Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy — and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.”

2)     3 Ways Good Design Makes You Happy
– Don Norman

“In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.”

3)     Using Design to Make Ideas New
– Milton Glaser

“From the TED archives: The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser dives deep into a new painting inspired by Piero della Francesca. From here, he muses on what makes a convincing poster, by breaking down an idea and making it new.”

4)     Do Schools Kill Creativity
– Sir Ken Robinson

“Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.”

5)     How Giant Websites Design for You (and a Billion Others, Too)
– Margaret Gould Stewart

“Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.”

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