5 TED-talks useful for a Web/App UI/UX designer

In our dynamic and fast-moving sphere it’s crucial to be inspired, motivated and get ready to combine wise thoughts and fresh ideas. That’s why not only non-stop practice, but also self-education is a vital part of our – and, for sure, yours! – everyday working life in Tubik Studio.


Today we’re going to recommend you a set of interesting and informative TED-talks that we think could be interesting, useful and helpful for designers in the sphere of web and app UI/ UX  design – as well as the others! Should be said, TED is a great resource of wise and informative things to learn in diverse directions and spheres, so we never miss the chance to share our findings there.

Here we offer you 5 TED-talks all with the descriptions given on the TED website. Some of them are already classic, and that makes them even more precious as they have been successfully checked with the time and practice.

So, let’s move on!

1. Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happy


In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.

2. James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe … your hands 


“The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression,” says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.

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


Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale — one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.

4. Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces


Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you’ll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books — remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

5. Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel


The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and SpaceTop, a computer desktop prototype that let’s you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.

Hopefully, you’ll get inspired as well as we are. New set of encouraging and useful talks will get posted soon here, so don’t dally over these ones.