Chee Pearlman

TED design curator
Chee Pearlman creates conversations among designers — think of her as as the host of a worldwide, perpetual salon.

Why you should listen

Journalist, conference creator and curator, Chee Pearlman has been a vital voice in the world of design. After a legendary stint as editor-in-chief of I.D. Magazine and then as director of Chee Company, a New York-based editorial and design consultancy, she is currently the design curator at TED. She was a 2011 Harvard Loeb Fellow and the curator of the acclaimed 2016 exhibition "Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History."

With David Rockwell, Pearlman was cocurator of the TED2012 session "The Design Studio."

What others say

“I view design as embracive. Everything we interact with, including products, tools, signage, the way we interface with machines and the whole digital technological realm, requires a designer to be the translator between ‘it’ and ‘you’.” — Chee Pearlman

Chee Pearlman’s TED talks

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Live from TED2019

Short talks, big ideas: The talks of TED Unplugged at TED2019

April 17, 2019

In a fast-paced session of talks curated by TED arts and design curator Chee Pearlman and hosted with improv leader Anthony Veneziale, 12 members of the TED community shared ideas in a special format: each had to keep their talks under six minutes, with auto-advancing, timed slides. And yes, the mic does cut after six minutes!

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How to radically craft a stage design

November 28, 2018

It’s Friday afternoon, and TED staffers are cutting and folding strips of white felt, carefully sticking the little strips into grates of chicken wire stapled to wooden frames. On the floor are five large wood panels and some metal pans filled with paint. Just a normal day at TED’s headquarters. In less than a week, […]

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Radical Craft: An electrifying evening of talks from the TED World Theater

November 13, 2018

Craft — in the timeless, universal sense of making — connects us all. We craft our environments, our tools and toys, our transport and communications, our world. At Radical Craft — an evening of talks curated by TED’s design curator, Chee Pearlman, and co-hosted by Pearlman and Stephen DeBerry — seven designers, inventors, artists, musicians and storytellers took […]

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