Our new iOS update, inspired in part by Mad Libs

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in New features, Release updates
Our new iOS update, inspired in part by Mad Libs

The latest update to our iOS app has some cool new features, all made with one goal in mind: giving you a ton of options for finding new talks. To this end, we’ve added a tab in the app called “Discover.” At the top of the screen, you’ll see the words: “Today, I’d like to […]

It’s about that time

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Release updates

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” – Gustav Mahler It’s springtime, a time for renewal! We launched the new TED.com on March 4th. While we celebrated that day as a major milestone in the redesign, we continued to make the old site […]

The new TED Talk page: A brief history

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Design philosophy, Lessons learned, Process
The new TED Talk page: A brief history

The life of a TED Talk begins when a speaker shares their idea on the TED stage, to a live audience. From that moment, the idea spreads through conversations — and online video. While TED Talks are seen through many channels (e.g. YouTube, Netflix, Roku, native mobile apps), we can best offer the experience with […]

How we’re helping you dig deeper into TED Talks

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Design philosophy, Editorial, New features
How we’re helping you dig deeper into TED Talks

 FabVietnam Photography for Getty Images At the 2012 staff retreat, TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, gave a now near-mythical talk on the future of TED. The question on his mind: How can we build a living archive of ideas worthy of the future? To illustrate his point, he showed pictures from his trip that summer to […]

What you’re saying about the new TED.com

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Release updates

In the 72 hours since we launched the new TED.com, we have gotten a lot of feedback. From people pointing out bugs to those sharing excitement over features like ”Watch later” and “See your influence,” we appreciate it all. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact us through the website, and to […]

The new TED.com lets you dig deeper into ideas and see your influence on how they spread

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in New features, Process, Release updates
The new TED.com lets you dig deeper into ideas and see your influence on how they spread

Today on TED.com, the world at large will notice some changes — some things that will be familiar to those of you who’ve been a part of our beta testing, and some things that will be brand new. We have officially launched our first major redesign since the site debuted in 2007, back when online […]

What’s new for TED.com 2.0: the final flip

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Release updates, Technology

Starting today, we are flipping the switch on our redesign. All TED.com visitors will begin to see our new site by default. The big, beautiful video player, the handy “watch later” feature and all the other exciting changes we’ve made in the past few months will become the standard. This blog post is the “tech-speak” […]

A flashback to the early days of TED.com

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Lessons learned
A flashback to the early days of TED.com

Step with me for a minute into an internet time machine. The date: June 27, 2006. The event: the first six TED Talks being posted online. “Today, for the first time ever, we’re thrilled to present some of the most remarkable talks from TEDs past,” reads a blog post from Chris Anderson on that day. […]

What’s new in Beta 5

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Release updates

The tech team just rolled out Beta 5 of the redesign. This beta release is comprised mostly of important back-end changes — if you saw the site during beta 4 you won’t notice much that has changed in the last couple of weeks, but still waters run deep. We asked Dan Russell, our head of […]

How user archetypes lead to design decisions

How user archetypes lead to design decisions

Once our team came to terms with the need to rebuild TED.com from the ground up — and the freak-out phase subsided — we began sketching. As part of the process of figuring out what to change, what features to add and how to sharpen our design, there was a big question that we had to […]

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