15 TED Talks Every Web Designer Should Watch


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.

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  1. Justin Durano Oct 12, 11:57 am

    This post is AWESOME!
    A very good source of personal happiness to the future WEB DESIGN and INTERNET. It really worth my spare time to watch those videos. I was really entertained and inspired watching the videos. Those people in the video really are WICKED they look after the future.

    Thanks for posting Rachel.

    Evolve for our Success.

  2. Cheap Startups Oct 12, 5:18 pm

    Agreed – this is an amazing post!! Thank you for curating this content for us… :)

  3. Rachel Sanders Oct 12, 5:21 pm

    Hey Justin,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I had a blast watching these videos. I think it made me a much happier person during the two days I researched for it. I might even start the habit of watching one TED video a day…y’know to keep the creative blocks away!


  4. Dave G. Oct 15, 3:44 pm

    These videos really reinvigorated me!

    Thank you.

  5. n@ser Oct 19, 4:01 am

    ..all those videos giving you a hopeful sign of continue creativity even though you just started it for game..

    ..but after a while is started being an obsession..

    ..an obsession of seeing the world with kaleidoscope glasses!

    Thank You!

  6. Hector Rodriguez Oct 29, 3:32 pm

    This is a great compilation. Thanks for taking the time and sharing.

  7. Tim Nov 1, 10:09 pm

    I highly recommend Simon Sinek, who is not listed here :)

  8. e11world Nov 10, 1:54 am

    This was probably the most fun post I have ever seen. I bookmarked this and watched it over 3 weeks (busy life for all I know) and it was worth every second. I realized a lot of things about me through these videos. Thank you so much for these and I’d love to see another post with videos as interesting as these.

    Iraqi designer from Canada :)

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