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7 Must-Watch Inspirational Videos For Designers


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Creativity has never been an exact science. Sometimes we feel the juices flowing, but other times we feel it’s all dried up. To get the juices flowing again all you need to do is see great videos to get inspired. For those situations, here’s our favorite list of videos when you hit a dry spell. Enjoy!

1. Mike Monteiro: You have been lied to

We all know the toughest part of design is presenting work. In this video mike monteiro talks about the most common mistakes designers make when presenting their work, and how to avoid them.

2. Christoph Niemann: How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces

In this 99U talk, illustrator Christoph Niemann shares his three biggest fears: the fear of not being good enough, the fear that our work will be irrelevant, and the fear of running out of ideas. Each of these cripple our process in different ways, but as Niemann explains (complete with hilarious illustrations), there are solutions we can apply to each.

3. JoonYong Park: Everything You Didn’t Learn in School

Sure, you learned a LOT in school. And you probably learned even more when you started working. But, in today’s world, where a new programming language is invented every week and design trends change on a dime, there is more to mastering your craft than just reporting for work everyday and trying your best. Firstborn’s Chief Creative Officer, Joon Park, will share the things that designers and developers need to know beyond just pixels and code in order to standout in today’s digital world.

4. Josh Brewer: Photoshop you are a liar

Josh Brewer was planning to give this talk as a usual spoken session. When he recognized that one of the speakers before him covered nearly all of the content, he asked Marc Thiele – the conference organizer – if he had a guitar. See what happened then.

5. Brad Frost: I Have No Idea What the Hell I’m Doing!

We’re bombarded by a never-ending fire hose of information. Our job descriptions contain so many acronyms and goofy-sounded tools, it’s no wonder your family has to ask “so what is it you do again?” How do we keep from drowning in a sea of devices, tools, technologies, Medium posts, tweets, and opinions? And how do we maintain our sanity in the process? Why do we care about philosophies like responsive design and atomic design? This talk will talk about doubt, principles, and what it means to create Web experiences in 2015 and beyond.

6. Tom Greever: Articulating Design Decisions

Every designer has had to justify their designs to a non-designer, yet most lack the ability to convince people they’re right. The ability to effectively articulate your decisions is critical to the success of a project, because the most articulate person usually wins. In this session, you’ll learn practical tips for talking about your designs to executives, managers, developers, and other designers with the goal of winning them over and getting your way when it comes to the final design.

7. Samantha Warren: Guerrilla Design Tactics

It takes a village to design a responsive design system, so how do you convince the village that they need to?

As an organization becomes comfortable with standard ways of operating and resistant to necessary change, you can find yourself in the tough position of implementing things you know are wrong. Get out from under this typical design dilemma. Samantha will show you how to use your design thinking as an asset to win battles where you are the underdog.



  1. Charm September 1, 2016

    Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Design Lazy September 2, 2016

      You’re welcome, mate!