I spend a considerable amount of my free time immersing myself into fascinating topics that interest me. Most common topics are tech, design, productivity and creativity. I’ve found that videos are the format of choice for me: I have always enjoyed watching documentaries and keynotes, and tend to learn new things much quicker by watching videos than by only reading on the subject. TED talks tends to be the cream of the crop when it comes to inspiring and fascinating presentations. I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite TED talks, so here goes. These are my 5 favourite TED talks on design, creativity and work productivity:
1. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
Jason Fried (co-founder of 37signals/Basecamp) is one of my favourite writers and talkers on intellectual work productivity. Jason has a theory that the office isn’t a good place to do great work. In his talk, he talks about the office being an ”interruption factory” where your concentration is broken up to bits of 15 or 30 minutes here and there between meetings and conference calls. I also warmly recommend ”ReWork” and ”Remote” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
2. John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI
John Underkoffler is the inventor of the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment which was featured in the movie ”Minority Report”. His company, Oblong Industries, was founded to make g-speak into the real world. In this TED talk he demos this mesmerizing and innovative user interface.
3. Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)
Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, speaks about designing for websites that are used by millions of people. She outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale. At this massive scale even a tiny tweak to an user interface item can mean the difference between success and failure. On the other hand, slight changes to massive website can have an huge impact on the lives of many.
4. David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence
David Kelley (Founder of legendary design firm IDEO) talks about the constrained division between ”creatives” and practical people. David suggests that creativity is not reserved for only a chosen few, but instead everyone should be ”creative” without fearing judgement from others. He tells fascinating stories about his design career and encourages people to create with confidence. To him, its important to unlock the creative potential of people and organizations.
5. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but is it so? Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.