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Top 10 Inspirations from TED

Have you heard about TED? TED is a nonprofit company devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences, the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer, TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

What is the most important thing for every creative personality? That's of course inspiration! People get their portion through various activities starting from food & drinks up to some extreme sports. Today we are going to give a portion of some spiritual food, that includes "ten awesome meals" from TED. Feel free to taste them, and don't forget to say hello to the chef after you ate these dishes clean:)

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Paolo Cardini: Forget Multitasking, try Monotasking

Paolo offers us to revise our views on multitasking, just look at the image below this is the most common example of multitasking, burnt ribs looking like pieces of coal.

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Matt Mills: Image Recognition that Triggers Augmented Reality

"Augmented reality"...in 2012 these words are as common as "cheeseburger and french fry". This technology found its way into your life starting from some Android of iOS games up to concerts where on huge screens something outstanding happen. Matt Mills shows the new tech called Aurasma, it renders images and augments reality at the same time, that look really cool. The app made the famous poet Robert Burns take the bottle and drop a glass:)

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David Kelley: How to Build your Creative Confidence

Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create...

That opting out [of creativity] that happens in childhood … moves in and becomes more ingrained by the time you get to adult life.

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Janet Echelman: Taking Imagination Seriously

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. And you've not going to guess what is she using...

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Jason Fried: Why Work Doesn't Happen at Work

Most of designers, copywriters, bloggers, programmers, developers etc are working from their homes...most of extremely successful projects were started by their creators sitting in the living room wearing only drawers, not suits and shining white shirts..

Facebook and Twitter aren’t the real problems in the office. The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings.

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John Hodgman: Design, Explained.

John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, "explains" the design of three iconic modern objects.

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David Carson on Design + Discovery

Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.

You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience.

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Rives: A Story of Mixed Emoticons

Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that's short and bittersweet 😉 This is a story of a guy and a girl in presented with emoticons, check it out!

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Chip Kidd: Designing Books is no Laughing Matter. OK, it is.

Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.

That's what happens to me when I'm forced to wear a Lady Gaga scanky mike..I'm used to a stationary mike it's the sensible shoe of public address...

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Kelli Anderson: Design to Challenge Reality

Kelli Anderson shatters our expectations about reality by injecting humor and surprise into everyday objects. At TEDxPhoenix she shares her disruptive and clever designs.

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Some more interesting things from TED.

3 Moments in 2012 that Show YouTube may Soon Overtake Traditional News Sources

Every minute, 72 more hours of video are posted to YouTube and, every second, 3500 more photos go up on Facebook. As Nolan shares, "The problem is when you have that much information, you have to find the good stuff—and that can be incredibly difficult."

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Does the Internet Have a Brain? Highlights from our Chat with TED Book Author Tiffany Shlain

A mentor began to share research on child brain development with me. I quickly discovered that the language neuroscientists used — connections, links, overstimulation — and the strategies early childhood development specialists used to describe brain development in the early years of life are similar.

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Don't forget to share your impressions after watching these awesome videos.


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3 responses to “Top 10 Inspirations from TED”

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