|Richard A Jacobson|
Finding things that inspire you to excel in your career or college education as an artist or designer is essential to your long-term success. Perhaps one of the best places to seek out this inspiration is from those who are already working in the field and who create works of art and design that are at the cutting edge, push boundaries and innovate in exciting ways. In these TED talks, you’ll find twenty such artists and designers, providing creative stimulation, showcasing amazing projects and helping you see new ways to look at the world that can inspire your work for years to come.
- Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change: In this talk, you’ll hear how art not only looks at culture but also helps to shape it. Golden focuses on artists in Harlem, NY as an example, examining how they shaped new ideas about race.
- Paola Antonelli treats design as art: The design curator at the New York Museum of Modern Art explains what makes great design so, well, great. You’ll gain a new appreciation for design as you watch this talk.
- Vik Muniz makes art with wire, sugar: As an artist, you might be pretty used to using traditional materials like paint, metal and charcoal in your work. Muniz will inspire you in this talk as he showcases his work, done in chocolate, wire, paper and even diamonds.
- Golan Levin makes art that looks back at you: Artist and engineer Goran Levin shares how he incorporates technical elements like robotics and software programming into his artwork. The results will dazzle and inspire you to create your own works.
- Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light: Using space, distance and light, artist Eliasson creates work that challenges the nature of human perception. Full of ideas, his talk will make you take a look at ways you can innovate your own work.
- Arthur Ganson makes moving sculpture: See the amazing, kinetic sculptures made by sculptor and engineer Arthur Ganson in this talk. Mixing humor, philosophy and art, you’ll see how art and design can be more than just something to hang on the wall.
- Theo Jansen creates new creatures: Have you ever wanted to make art that just comes to life? You’ll see the works Theo Jansen creates in this talk, as they move in startling ways across the landscape.
- Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture: Art can be large scale or in the case of this talk, so tiny you need a microscope to see it. Relate to the artistic spirit of these sculptures through the talk given by artist Willard Wigan.
- Raghava KK: Five lives of an artist: In this talk by Raghava KK, you’ll hear about how his life as an artist has changed– something that will likely happen in your own career as well.
- Milton Glaser on using design to make ideas new: Well-known graphic designer Milton Glaser (Ever seen the “I [heart] N.Y.” t-shirt? That’s his work) gives this talk on taking a look back at history to make new and exciting images.
- Robert Lang folds way-new origami: This talk will let you examine an age-old practice in a new way, using ideas drawn from science and engineering. It can be an amazing way to get ideas for your own art and design work.
- Paul Bennett finds design in the details: Paul Bennett explains how design can solve some of the smaller, more troubling problems in life, rather than facing huge issues head on. See some new, innovative designs that can inspire your own industrial design.
- The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames: Most in the art and design field have heard of the work of the Eames’. In this talk, you’ll see not only a great collection of their work, but get a window into their lives and their creative process to see just what let them become such style icons.
- David Kelley on human-centered design: Learn how design can be less about the item itself and more about the experience the user has when using it through this talk from the design firm IDEO’s David Kelley.
- Stefan Sagmeister shares happy design: Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister explores the impact of good design on a happy life in this talk. You may find similar experiences in your own life and be inspired to create wonderful, happy designs of your own.
- Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design: In this talk by graphic designer Marian Bantjes, you’ll learn why putting yourself into a design isn’t always a bad thing, providing inspiration for your own creative journey.
- Mathieu Lehanneur demos science-inspired design: Those in industrial design will find some pretty inspirational products in this talk that combine scientific needs with objects that fit well into every day life, meeting needs we didn’t even know we had.
- William McDonough on cradle to cradle design: Cradle to cradle design takes into account not only what happens at the beginning of an object’s life, but at the end as well, helping designers create greener, more sustainable items. Learn more about what these kinds of objects look like and how you can incorporate these ideas into your designs by listening to this talk.
- Ross Lovegrove shares organic designs: Get inspired by this talk all about using nature as inspiration for design– something that can also be a great source of inspiration for artists.
- Tim Brown urges designers to think big: This talk will encourage you to not only use their artistic and creative skills to create beautiful objects and designs but also to change the world