Pico Iyer at TEDGlobal 2013, echoing Annie Dillard’s eloquent meditation on presence vs. productivity.
This is how humor works: It’s a conflict of synergies — we mashup these things that don’t belong together that temporarily exist in out minds.
A TED salon curated by Helen Walters, titled “Design Is Everywhere,” New Yorker cartoons editor Bob Mankoff illustrates his theory of humor with his most famous cartoon, which juxtaposes the syntax of politeness with the content of rudeness.
He also notes that the magazine calls cartoons “idea drawings” because an idea drawing “it requires thinking on behalf of cartoonish and thinking on behalf of reader to make it work.”
For more illustrative epitomes in action, see The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs.
Antonelli’s most recent book, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects, based on her MoMA exhibition of the same name, is fantastic.
An animated look at what literature’s most famous hero archetypes teach us.
From parenting to dating, an illustrated explanation of conditioned human responses and how we behave like Pavlovian dogs. Also see what the genius of dogs reveals about human intelligence.
How power is divided in the American government – an animated explanation from TED. Also see British vs. American government, explained in vintage infographics.
Lawrence Lessig on fixing America’s broken political system. There is also the companion TEDBook Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It.
“Take one memory, explore it like a new land.”
How to become a slam poet in 5 steps, wonderfully animated. Complement with how to enjoy poetry.
From planting seeds to the internet – how innovations in farming and growing our own food civilized society. Also see how Thomas Jefferson pioneered urban farming.
The story of the Boston Tea Party – including how the actual “tea” part came to be – animated.