April 2011



TED, the acronym which describes the coming together of “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” serves as a platform for an eclectic group of people commissioned to, according to their website, “give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).” The result is a wonderful gathering of some of the world's most fascinating minds ranging from writer, director and producer, J.J. Abrams; to author and political consultant, Naomi Klein; to graphic master, Stephan Sagmeister, and Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales just to name a few. TED gives them a platform on which to share their views with the world, for free.

Of particular interest to our FIDM community, is a TED Talk by Johanna Blakley titled, “Lessons from Fashion's Free Culture,” her riveting talk which discusses the issue of copyright protection ,or, more importantly, the lack of copyright protection in the fashion industry. Find it here.

It's easy to get lost in the thoughts and ideas generated by the collection of speakers (updated weekly) gathered by TED. Visitors are apt to find inspiration just when they feel there is none left to be found. Visiting the website is like opening the door to innovation. Once there, visitors can turn the key and freely browse the site by:

  • Theme
  • Speakers
  • Talk (i.e., subject matter)

TED Talks are available in almost 20 languages (subtitles), ranging from Chinese (Cantonese) to Latvian to Vietnamese, making them accessible on a global scale. If that isn't enough, there is also the TED blog, where TED bloggers publish posts on topics ranging from architecture to design to technology. All in all there is wealth of ideas, innovation, and inspiration freely available to those willing to spend some time browsing this incredible website. Enjoy!

Reviewer: Lucy Bellamy, FIDM Library Staff Member