Why you may see video view numbers change on some of our talks today

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Release updates
Why you may see video view numbers change on some of our talks today

Part of our work on TED 2.0 includes reevaluating how we measure things. Especially, video views.  ”Number of views” is a widely shared and aspired for metric, but there’s no real agreement on the Internet as to what should count as a “view.” We think it’s important that it be as accurate as possible, and are […]

How we picked Hidden Gems

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Editorial, New features
How we picked Hidden Gems

What, you ask, is a Hidden Gem? It’s the TED equivalent of a pearl in a clamshell. Our hidden gems are those stunningly good talks that for some reason didn’t go wildly viral — but that reward the viewer with a great, unexpected idea. And we know our audience loves to discover talks like this. […]

What’s new in Beta 4

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Release updates

Hello, world. Beta 4 went live today with a few of your new favorite things. First and foremost, literally speaking, the “favorite” feature is now available. Thanks for all your feedback that helped us nail it via #TEDBeta and hello@ted.com. We’ve also made profile pages for the TED Fellows and TED Translators available. Check out what […]

The people of TED.com

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Process, Release updates, User experience
The people of TED.com

Many people come to TED.com just to watch a talk. Many are repeat viewers, who want to leave comments and participate in conversations. Others who come to TED.com have an even deeper connection to the TED community — they’ve attended a conference (perhaps even multiples), they organize a TEDx event, are one of the thousands […]

Merry Beta 3!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Release updates

Beta 3 released today, to wrap up the 2013 calendar year. The team has been busy reading our user feedback and addressing issues one by one. Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in this build: TED.com user profile updates One of our goals for the new 2.0 site is to have an individual’s profile page […]

Lessons from user testing

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Lessons learned, User experience

While rebuilding TED.com, we conducted over a dozen rounds of usability testing – sometimes testing multiple parts of the site on the same day. We learned the limits of our teleconferencing system, plus how much bandwidth it takes to run a prototype, two videocameras and our UX designers ragged. As the person tasked with making sure we […]

One team, one dream: The best collaborations are messy.

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Design philosophy, Process
One team, one dream: The best collaborations are messy.

When we started working with the TED team on the redesign of TED.com, we knew that — in order to pull off something of this magnitude — we were going to have to quickly feel like one team. Great products come from teams that can violently disagree one minute and solve problems together the next. […]

Beta 2: Long time listener, first time caller

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Release updates, Technology

This week we launch Beta 2 of the new TED to our testing community. For this release, we have really focused on two things. The first and most important is feedback from the community. Our testers have been sending amazing emails to hello@ted.com, telling us the things they love and some things they aren’t totally […]

The quest for improved site navigation

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Process, User experience
The quest for improved site navigation

In the beginning, there was a TED.com site navigation bar and it was good. But then TED grew and grew…

Holy mobile devices, Batstand! How we test pages across screen sizes

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Process, Technology
Holy mobile devices, Batstand! How we test pages across screen sizes

One of the biggest challenges in creating digital content is accounting for the vast number of screen sizes that are now available to web-users. Desktops, smartphones, and tablets of all shapes and sizes each offer different and sometimes unique display resolutions. For the rebuilt TED.com, we’re using a responsive design system that reacts to the […]

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