Small Thing Big Idea
This original TED series celebrates the lasting genius of everyday objects so perfectly designed that they changed the world around them.
The genius of the London Tube Map
Design legend Michael Bierut tells the story of the accidental success of one of the most famous maps in the world -- the London Tube Map.
The 3,000-year history of the hoodie
The hoodie is a lot more than just a comfy sweatshirt. Design curator Paola Antonelli takes us through its history.
Why the pencil is perfect
Why are pencils shaped like hexagons, and how did they get their iconic yellow color? Pencil shop owner Caroline Weaver takes us inside the fascinating history of the pencil.
How the progress bar keeps you sane
The progress bar makes waiting more exciting... and mitigates our fear of death. Journalist Daniel Engber explores how it came into existence.
How the jump rope got its rhythm
"Down down, baby, down down the roller coaster..." Hip-hop owes a lot of the queens of double dutch. Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt takes us on a tour of the fascinating history of the jump rope.
How the button changed fashion
How the simple button changed the world, according to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
The hidden ways stairs shape your life
Stairs don't just get you from point A to point B. Architect David Rockwell explains how they shape your movement -- and your feelings.