I love TED Talks.
In case you’re unfamiliar with TED, their website describes the project as:
TED is a nonprofit 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 on the West Coast 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.
The two annual TED conferences, on the North American West Coast and in Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).
On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 1400 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
In case that didn’t get rid of the question mark floating over your head, here’s my synopsis: In usually about 15 minutes each you get to watch video and listen to excellent speakers with intriguing concepts of philosophy, psychology, leadership, science, creativity, and more, making it an elightening 15 minutes you don’t have to feel guilty about. Sorry, Youtube, I’ve found a better use of my video-watching time.
So when I discovered TED had a playlist curated just about art, I knew I had to share it with my blog viewers. I tried to embed the playlist directly into my post, but failed. So you’ll have to click a link and go to the TED website. Happy viewing.
The playlist includes the following videos:
- Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by design
- JR: One year of turning the world inside out
- Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist
- Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists
- Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.
- Philippe Starck: Design and destiny
- Jonathan Harris: the Web’s secret stories
- Vik Muniz: Art with wire, sugar, chocolate and string
- David Macaulay’s Rome Antics
- Maira Kalman, the illustrated woman
*Disclaimer, I try to keep my blog pretty PG, but these videos may contain foul language, images of nudity, or other adult content (but not that kind of adult content). Viewer beware.