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The evolution of a TED Book cover

The evolution of a TED Book cover

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In his talk, “Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is,” Chip Kidd (a TED Books designer in his own right) gives a wonderfully concise description of what book cover designers do. He says, “My job is to ask this question: ‘What do stories look like?’”   For David Shoemaker, the designer who made the []

How to run a brainstorm for introverts (and extroverts too)

How to run a brainstorm for introverts (and extroverts too)

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Cocktail party trivia: Brainstorming was invented in the 1930s as a practical idea-generation technique for regular use by “creatives” within the ad agency BBDO. That all changed in 1942, when Alex Osborn — the “O” in BBDO — released a book called How to Think Up and excited the imaginations of his fellow Mad Men. []

10 research tips for finding answers online

10 research tips for finding answers online

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Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information []

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

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At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some []

How to take care of pet jellyfish

How to take care of pet jellyfish

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Last year, we in the TED office successfully raised an ant farm. So this year, we thought we were ready for a more ambitious project—taking care of three pet jellyfish. They may not look like it, but jellyfish can be real divas. Still, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and the jellies (and the []

Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

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TED.com has gone dark for two weeks. No new TED Talks will be posted until August 4, while most of the TED staff takes a two-week holiday. Yes, we all go on break at the same time (mostly). No, we don’t all go to the same place. We’ve been doing it this way now for five years, and it works for us. []

10 tips for editing video

10 tips for editing video

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By Kari Mulholland* The techniques that video editors use to shape their content reveal a lot about how people create meaning in the world. Editors have a deep understanding of how people think, feel, remember and learn, and we use this knowledge to build powerful, moving stories and experiences. The best editing decisions come from []

Get the daily TED Talk delivered to your inbox

Get the daily TED Talk delivered to your inbox

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It’s something you have been asking about for a while: does TED have a daily email newsletter? Finally, the answer is yes. You can get the daily TED Talk sent straight to your email inbox every weekday morning, along with a playlist of the day. On weekends, we pick you a classic TED Talk to []