TedTalks For Designers

The First Secret of Design is Noticing

As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing - and driving - change.

Got a Wicked Problem? First, Tell Me How You Make Toast

Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated - until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Wujec’s surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.

Happy Maps

Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.

3 Ways Good Design Makes You Happy

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.

Happiness By Design

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.

More Design TedTalks

How Giant Websites Design for You (And a Billion Others, Too)
My Life in Typefaces
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Useless’ Art
Design With The Blind in Mind
Design for All 5 Senses
We Are All Designers
Designing for Simplicity
Great Design is Serious, Not Solemn
Design and Destiny
Can Design Save Newspapers?
What Your Designs Say About You
How to Build Your Creative Confidence
Design Is In the Details
3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your Brand
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