7 Best TED Talks on Creativity and Design You Need to Watch

Everyone goes through a creative dry spell and has different ways of getting out of the rut. But for people whose work or projects require a lot of creativity, waiting passively for inspiration to strike may not be not be an option. If you are in search of creative inspirations or ideas, you may find the spark you need after watching these TED Talks about design and creativity.

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

If you think you’re not creative, think again! This inspiring talk delves into how to build the confidence to create regardless if you see yourself as creative or not.

Jinsop Lee: Design for all 5 senses

Design is not just about aesthetics or making things look appealing. In this thought-provoking talk, Jinsop Lee explores design as a multisensory experience – something that goes beyond visual appeal.

Paola Antonelli: Treating design as art

New York’s Museum of Modern Art design curator Paola Antonelli shares why design should be appreciated like art. She also provides insights on objects that serve specific functions also have their own story to tell.

Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

In this talk, Paul Bennett shares visual images of products that show why good design does not always have to be about grandness or larger-than-life outcomes. Instead, he makes us see how even the smallest details can make a huge difference in the beauty of a design.

Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by design

Stefan Sagmeister is a graphic designer who in this talk shares how, looking back; many of the moments of happiness he experienced were triggered or influenced by good design. In this talk, he presents the idea that happiness in design is rooted on finding that balance between the designer and the users’ happiness.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

Have you ever wondered where ideas, especially great ones, come from? Contrary to what some people may believe, creativity is not always found in total isolation. This talk by Steven Johnson shows how the creative process may be influenced by your environment.

Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards

What makes a successful design? There should be more than one, but if there is one thing to keep in mind in the design process it would be this: design with the end user in mind than the accolades. Success will follow only if you focus on how useful or relevant the design would be to people who will be using them.

Keeping Time Wasters Under Control to Get More Creative Work Done

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Time wasters steal something valuable that you cannot get back. And if left unchecked, it could hinder you from creating your best works. It may even derail you from completing projects or accomplishing whatever goal you have set. Not all time wasters, however, take on the form of activities like spending several hours surfing TV channels or watching videos when there are more important things that need to get done. Sometimes it may take on the form of multitasking and working on things that are unrelated to more critical tasks. Doing anything that does not serve your goals can potentially be a waste of time. Here are some of the things that could chip away valuable time and how best to manage them.

Clutter. A cluttered home or office workspace may not directly affect your work. But it may add to a stressful environment not to mention that it may even hinder you from getting some tasks done quickly. The amount of clutter may also end up becoming more confusing and time-consuming to sort out.

Disruptions. Some of the common examples of time vampires are needless or lengthy phone conversations, idle chitchats, and things that are not on your to-do list. While these interruptions may be impossible to eliminate, you can learn how to manage them in such a way that they will not disrupt your own schedule. You can politely excuse yourself from idle chitchats explaining that you have work to do, put your phone in silent mode, and more.

Internet. Email notifications, constant checking of emails, and surfing the internet for anything unrelated to your tasks are time vampires. You need to put a limit on how much time you spend doing them.

Working without a plan. You can waste a lot of time doing non-essential or the least important things if you neither plan nor prioritize. Planning and prioritizing are among the most effective ways of accomplishing any objective. You are susceptible to disruptions and feelings of being adrift if you cannot prioritize the things that matter most to you.

Procrastinating. You waste time, energy, opportunity, and sometimes even resources when you delay doing the most important things. Procrastination does not accomplish anything. In fact, you are only putting off something that you would still have to do at some point in the future. Sadly, you cannot recover the time you spent doing nothing.

To avoid time wasters is to value the things that are most important to you. The more you succeed at managing your time, the quicker you can accomplish your objectives.