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Creative ignition: A recap of the fiery talks in Session 10 of TED2015

Creative ignition: A recap of the fiery talks in Session 10 of TED2015

In a session that honors the “deeply practical and the entirely improbable,” pyromantics and biosynthetic designers meet artists and flag-worshippers. Helen Walters, host of Session 10: Creative Ignition, calls this session a “celebration of the catalytic thinking that reshapes the world around us.” Here’s a recap: How to reboot society. Lewis Dartnell asks us to []

At TED, it’s encouraged to draw on the walls

At TED, it’s encouraged to draw on the walls

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After a full day of talks, after TEDsters have headed out to after-hour dinners and events, the Vancouver Convention Center is far from empty. In addition to the tech workers and hospitality team who labor through the night to ready the TED stage for a new day of sessions, a single figure is busily at []

Look broader, look closer, think younger: Tony Fadell speaks at TED2015

Look broader, look closer, think younger: Tony Fadell speaks at TED2015

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As a product designer, it’s Tony Fadell’s job to imagine invisible improvements to everyday objects. That’s how he developed the iPod and revolutionized the way the world listens to music. Now at Nest, he’s trying to bring that same creativity to one of the realms that has proved most elusive for tech: household appliances. Teamed []

This infographic shows what it’s like to be a modern refugee

This infographic shows what it’s like to be a modern refugee

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“Syrians are just looking for a quiet place where nobody hurts you,” says one refugee, who survived a capsized escape craft on his dangerous journey. Clarice Holt, an illustrator in London, was moved by the simple, powerful truths she heard in Melissa Fleming’s TED Talk — and made these beautiful illustrations to show the personal []

10 great quotes about design

10 great quotes about design

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For years now, Target has invited designers like Isaac Mizrahi (watch his TED Talk), Diane von Furstenberg (check out her TED playlist) and, most recently, abstract pattern-master Peter Pilotto to dream up collections. So when it came to creating the Target Design Café at TED2014, we knew it was going to be cool. The space []

Public spaces have power: Amanda Burden at TED2014

Public spaces have power: Amanda Burden at TED2014

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When we think of cities, we think of buildings and skyscrapers and stray cats. For Amanda Burden, who spent 12 years as New York City’s director of urban planning, they’re primarily about people. They’re about where people go and where they meet — that’s the core of how cities work. And for the people, even more important than the []

The future of architecture will be Instagrammed: Marc Kushner at TED2014

The future of architecture will be Instagrammed: Marc Kushner at TED2014

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“Architecture is shaping our lives in ways we don’t even realize,” says architect Marc Kushner in his talk at TED2014. Co-founder of Architizer, an online catalog of architecture projects worldwide, Kushner is dedicated to connecting people with the structures in which they spend their lives. Structures can inspire feelings like strength and power and stability, Kushner []

Today, the Bionic Woman can just go ahead and print her own parts

Today, the Bionic Woman can just go ahead and print her own parts

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A persistent sight in David Sengeh‘s childhood, growing up in Sierra Leone: amputees. Losing a limb was an all-too-common fact in the civil-war-torn region. But as if the loss of a limb weren’t enough, the aftermath was almost worse, Sengeh saw, as he watched family members and friends struggle with ill-fitting, uncomfortable prosthetics that hurt []

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

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Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper []