Originally posted on TED Blog:

The past two weeks have seen some fascinating TED-related news items. Below, highlights.

As the mayor of Tirana, Albania, Edi Rama transformed his city into a multi-colored explosion of geometric pattern. (Watch his TED Talk.) The leader of Albania’s opposition Socialist Party, Rama has now been named the nation’s new Prime Minister following his party’s commanding win in the parliamentary election on Sunday. The win is significant, not only for boosting the profile of this politician who refuses to wear a tie, but also for ending Sali Berisha’s eight-year rule of the country. 

The D&AD Yellow Pencil awards are highly coveted in the design and advertising world, so we’re thrilled that TEDxSummit’s short film ‘Human Arabesque‘ — a beautiful red, white and black kaleidoscope of bodies used to illustrate the “power of x” — won the D&AD Yellow Pencil for Branding. We especially love the video below because it uses no…

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