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.