Top TED Talks for UX design that can inspire you

If you regularly watch TED talks, you are probably aware of how they open your mind towards a new perspective. Or, at least they give you an idea to think about it.

If you are a UX Designer or plan to become one, TED Talks on this topic may give you the boost and motivation you need. Why not give it a try?

We selected 10 TED Talks from the world’s greatest minds in design.


What are the top TED Talks that every UX designer should watch?


1. The first secret of great design by Tony Fadell



We quickly get used to “the way things are” as human beings. But for designers, the way things are is actually an opportunity. Could things look and feel better? And if so, how? 

In this fun, relaxing talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest Thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing and guiding change through design.


2. The three ways that good design makes you happy by Don Norman



Design critic, Don Norman, turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure, and emotion as he looks at design that makes people happy. 

He shares what he calls the 3 levels of design: visceral, behavioral, and reflective and explains how each level emphasizes the importance of emotion, happiness, and pleasure in design.


3. How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too) by Margaret Gould Stewart



This talk by Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s Director of Product Design, reveals 3 rules for design at a scale. 

She explains how the tiniest of tweaks, such as changing the look of Facebook “like” and “share” buttons, can cause global outrage. 


4. The human insights missing from big data by Tricia Wang



Tech ethnographer, Tricia Wang, explains why so many companies are making poor decisions, even when they have access to unprecedented amounts of data. 

She identifies its big data pitfalls, suggesting that we focus on information from real people rather than blindly following the numbers. 


5. To design better tech, understand the context by Tania Douglas



In this talk, Biomedical Engineer, Tania Douglas, explains how we are often blind to real needs in our quest for technology. 

She suggests that a deeper understanding of the context in which technology is used can lead us to better solutions.

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