My Top 3 Favorite UX Design TED Talks of All Time

Whether I’m lacking creativity or overflowing with ambition, TED Talks are one of my favorite places to source inspiration. I’ve compiled a list of three of my favorite UX design TED Talks, which provide useful insight into how to improve your skills.   I highly recommend listening to these talks the next time you have some extra time on your way to work or you feel like you need to brush up on your design skills.  

1. How to Build Your Creative Confidence

David Kelley discusses how to build and sustain creative confidence by sharing his personal design experiences both from his successful career and his own life. Kelley imparts his wisdom stemming from his years in the profession in this fantastic UX design TED Talk, stressing that creative confidence is not a selective trait. Rather, it can be learned by each and every one of us. So, next time you feel a lack of confidence in your latest design just remember David Kelley’s wise words.

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2. The Three Ways That Good Design Makes You Happy

In this informative and entertaining TED talk Don Norman identifies the three key factors all designers must incorporate in their work in order for their designs to succeed. User experience design is meant to speak to the user, making them feel happy and satisfied with both their experience and the product. It’s up to you as a designer to ensure your users feel happy. According to Don, these three design concepts will ensure a happy and satisfied user.  

3. Design and Destiny

Philippe Starck doesn’t use colorful slides or flashy visuals in his excellent talk. Instead, he paints an eloquent picture for his audience simply through his words. Starck tackles the question “Why design?” and illustrates an interesting and informative picture which I think can speak to all designers.  Understanding the true fundamentals of your creative profession is extremely important. Philippe Starck utilizes both humor and philosophy to accurately describe and define the broad concept of design.
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)