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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 []

The Art of Stillness in an age of distraction

The Art of Stillness in an age of distraction

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The “T” in TED stands for technology. So it might sound counterintuitive that we would release a book about the need to unplug.  But we live in a madly accelerating world, where new technologies — for all their benefits — are making our lives more crowded, more chaotic and noisier than ever. There’s never been []

A night of nonfiction at the TED office

A night of nonfiction at the TED office

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Last night, four authors stepped onto an Edison-bulb-lit stage in our New York office to share the bold ideas at the center of their books. “Tonight will bring to life the nonfiction section of the library,” promised the evening’s host, June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media. From a new vision for healthcare, to a []

Where is home?: Pico Iyer at TEDGlobal 2013

Where is home?: Pico Iyer at TEDGlobal 2013

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Pico Iyer is a man without a land. He is 100 percent Indian in blood and ancestry, but he was born and grew up in England; he has lived the last 48 years in the U.S., where he sees his doctor and dentist, but for the last 25 years he’s spent as much time as []

Imagined Beauty: The speakers in Session 10 at TEDGlobal 2013

Imagined Beauty: The speakers in Session 10 at TEDGlobal 2013

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Beauty is always a key theme at TED, and in this session, Imagined Beauty, there’s something for everyone, with speakers including a couple whose professions have required the coining of new words.  Meet the “cloudspotter,” the “mathemagician,” and the others who presented to us in this session of TEDGlobal. Click on their name for a []