This year TED turns 30. For those of you who didn’t pay attention in class, TED (technology, education, design) is a global conference (now actually a few of them), where the most amazing minds of humanity share their ideas in a short and effective form of 18-minute (or less) talks.
To see what we are talking about, make sure you check out Sir Ken Robinson and his talk on how schools kill creativity. It is quite hard to get to a TED conference, but the excellent thing is the fact that once one ends, videos of the talk soon become available on their website and are completely free to watch. Oh boy, what an amazing learning material!
The most amazing thing about this form of presentations is the fact that you might get really interested in a topic you never ever dreamed might interest you. And even if you don’t, it is short, and the next one is coming soon enough 🙂 So, let’s get started…
- Tim Berners-Lee, The Next Web
- David Pogue, Simplicity Sells
- Dennis Dutton, A Darwinian Theory Of Beauty
- Stefan Sagmeister, Seven Rules for Making More Happiness
- Seth Godin, This Is Broken
Why you should watch it: We all play on this marvelous playground we like to call the World Wide Web. Well, this guy built it. But see, this guy is not a HTML/CSS coder who designed those ugly black and white sites with poor graphics from the 90’s. No, he is the guy who made it all happen 20 years ago. He and his team built the first web servers, first web browsers, made the first specifications for the languages we use today. And they didn’t stop there.
Why you should watch it: Picasso once said that perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Da Vinci said that the simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. And yes, anyone can make things complicated and busy, it takes a genius to achieve the same end result while keeping things clean and simple.
Why you should watch it: Dennis will show us beauty in a lot of different places. That is the way nature does things — Beautiful. Amazing. But… he will also show that there is some sort of uniformity in humans’ perceptions of beauty.
Why you should watch it: Through amazing illustrations Stefan shares with us his thoughts about happiness, both conscious and unconscious. These seven rules will stick with you.
Why you should watch it: To create good design, you need to know bad design when you see it. And who better to show you this than Mr. Godin himself? This talk is from 2006, and you will see how great things are timeless with this one.
So these are just a sample of what TED has to offer, to scratch the surface. If you like it, wander around and you will find more amazing stuff. Suggestions? Well – Malcolm Gladwell, Hans Rosling, Ze Frank, Rives, Dan Gilbert, Richard St. John and many, many more.
Quick Facts: Amazing since 1985. Online since 1995. Fanatically devoted to work and friends. Communicates in Serbian or English, but if needed can switch to Russian as well. Understands a thing or two in German, Italian, French and Spanish if in life-or-death situation. Has more true friends than fingers. Believes work hours are for pussies. Knows a ton of computer related abbreviations and isn’t afraid to use them. Won’t talk about problems. Will solve them. Makes a difference. Anywhere. All the time.
Manifesto: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett