Homage to TED.com

Hello, my name is Morten, and I’m a TED.com addict. (“-Hello Morten”).

TED is definitely my favorite source for inspiration and ideas. I’ve spent countless hours watching and listening to all those facinating talks over the years. So what better place to look for inspiration for my new header?

The original: Ideas worth spreading


I’ve been testing out a few colors for my header the last few days, and one if the things I’ve tried is using a warm orange, or stronger red on the logo and when hovering over the main navigation. The TED logo must have been lingering in the back of my mind, because today I suddenly realized that what I was working on was basically a TED lookalike. So I simply decided to go all out, and create as complete a duplicate to the TED logo as I could, with my own little twist on their lovely slogan “Ideas worth spreading”. Pappmaskin.no is also all about spreading ideas (what other reason for running a website?), but it is also about making things, and making things happen.

My version – Things worth making

I have a feeling that I won’t be running this particular header for long, but I think it is a nice way to pay tribute to the most important website in the world. And please don’t tell TED about this, as I’ve probably spent at least 15 minutes in GIMP making this. If their lawyers comes after me for plagiarism all that time would have been wasted. And yes, that was a joke :)

Colors

The red TED color has the HEX #FF2B06, and the grey looks like #595959.

Fonts

Helvetica Neue LT Std Heavy Expanded and Helvetica Neue LT Std Light. The TED logo doesn’t quite match Helvetica, at least not Heavy Expanded, and I believe it is hand made, but Helvetica is what they recomment TEDx organizers to use, and it looks pretty nice as well, though not identical.

TED.com
Color by COLOURlovers

Ted.com
Color by COLOURlovers

Can you have too much ease-of-use?


Photo: Snooze, from Flickr (CC)

Stipping things down to the bare minimum is Apples mantra. But isn’t easy equal to boring? Excerpt from an interesting article on the subject:

Think about it… skiing, dancing, chess, photography, flying, dressage, gardening, dog training, environmental activism, religion… when people are into any of those things passionately (as opposed to casually supportive), they keep wanting to get better! People who are passionate always have an opportunity (which they grab) to keep improving. To keep learning more. To improve their skills and knowledge about whatever it is they love so much. They read and they practice.

So if what you offer doesn’t have any challenges associated with it, and things for which people can continually learn and improve, you’ll have a harder time getting people passionate about it.

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