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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 []

Nature knows best: A biologist and a designer take creative direction from the Earth’s operating system

Nature knows best: A biologist and a designer take creative direction from the Earth’s operating system

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“Borrowing” as a concept is de rigeur in the creative industries and beyond. What’s that too-often quoted aphorism? “Good artists copy; great artists steal”? Plenty of people have trotted that out as justification for acts they want us to believe are far superior to and way different from plagiarism. In this nuanced conversation, biologist and []

A very cool new video: A brief introduction to 4D printing

A very cool new video: A brief introduction to 4D printing

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It’s not often that you see a designer throw their creation on the ground and break it to smithereens. But that’s exactly what TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits does in the video above. Why? Because he works in the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. When the pieces break apart, they quickly re-assemble themselves, as if the film []