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

Posted By Helen Walters

“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 […]


Design thinking about climate change: IDEO's new LivingClimateChange.com

Posted By Emily McManus

Launching today, the design firm IDEO presents LivingClimateChange.com, a clearinghouse for design thinking about the environment. Watch Tim Brown’s TEDTalk, just posted today, for some inspiring examples of design thinking that solved big problems of the past. In the same spirit, IDEO’s LivingClimateChange.com collects ideas looking forward. From the site: Living Climate Change is a […]


A call for "design thinking": Tim Brown on TED.com

Posted By Matthew Trost

Tim Brown says the design profession is preoccupied with creating nifty, fashionable objects — even as pressing questions like clean water access show it has a bigger role to play. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory “design thinking.” (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 16:50) Twitter URL: http://on.ted.com/3U Watch Tim Brown’s […]


Tim Brown at TEDGlobal 2009: Running notes on Session 7

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Tim Brown at TEDGlobal 2009, Session 7: July 23, 2009, in Oxford, UK. Credit: TED / James Duncan Davidson Designer Tim Brown of IDEO begins his talk by posing the question, “What happens if you move from design to design-making?” He sees a profound difference between the two. He explains that when he first began […]


IDEO's guide to designing for social impact

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

The recent collaboration of IDEO with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IDE, Heifer International and ICRW has inspired a new application of Human-Centered Design (HCD) — a system used by multi-national corporations to develop design solutions at the intersection of desirability, feasibility and viability. IDEO’s new open-source toolkit is a methodical approach for NGOs […]


Watch TEDTalks from speakers at the upcoming TEDGlobal 2009

Posted By Emily McManus

From TEDGlobal’s speaker list of more than 90 — including 18-minute talks, demos and TED U courses — 13 of our scheduled speakers already have TEDTalks online from previous TEDs and partners. To find them, check out our new theme, Speaking at TEDGlobal 2009, and watch archive gems from these returning speakers. All of these […]


The story of Serious Play

Posted By Emily McManus

Our TEDTalk today, from Ideo’s Tim Brown, comes from the 2008 Art Center Design Conference, wonderfully named Serious Play. Curated by the design legend Chee Pearlman, the Serious Play conference was held this past May at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A nice benefit of holding a conference at a design school: […]


The powerful link between creativity and play: Tim Brown on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

From the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown from Ideo talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t). (Recorded May 2008 in Pasadena, California. Duration: 27:58.) Watch Tim Brown’s talk from Serious Play 2008 on TED.com, where […]