No tool will save you from that. None. Everything will be out of control as soon as it’s scaled to more than a prototype, because control isn’t even 10% about the tools, but awareness about the impact of hundreds of small decisions, which requires real knowledge about the subject domain. It’s about forging and sharpening that awareness through a mentality that embraces constant refactoring, while always trying to make the better decisions right now.
Julio Ody – http://julio-ody.tumblr.com/post/82957538258/we-have-an-education-problem
Now this is obviously the wrong direction…
True Innovation @ Bell Labs
“His fundamental belief was that an “institute of creative technology” like his own needed a “critical mass” of talented people to foster a busy exchange of ideas. But innovation required much more than that. Mr. Kelly was convinced that physical proximity was everything; phone calls alone wouldn’t do. Quite intentionally, Bell Labs housed thinkers and doers under one roof. Purposefully mixed together on the transistor project were physicists, metallurgists and electrical engineers; side by side were specialists in theory, experimentation and manufacturing. Like an able concert hall conductor, he sought a harmony, and sometimes a tension, between scientific disciplines; between researchers and developers; and between soloists and groups.”
“But he gave his researchers not only freedom but also time. Lots of time — years to pursue what they felt was essential. One might see this as impossible in today’s faster, more competitive world. Or one might contend it is irrelevant because Bell Labs (unlike today’s technology companies) had the luxury of serving a parent organization that had a large and dependable income ensured by its monopoly status. Nobody had to meet benchmarks to help with quarterly earnings; nobody had to rush a product to market before the competition did. “
“The conflation of these different kinds of innovations seems to be leading us toward a belief that small groups of profit-seeking entrepreneurs turning out innovative consumer products are as effective as our innovative forebears. History does not support this belief. The teams at Bell Labs that invented the laser, transistor and solar cell were not seeking profits. They were seeking understanding. Yet in the process they created not only new products but entirely new — and lucrative — industries.”
Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
Alfred North Whitehead (via @DougCoupland)
Kickstarter – The Shape of Design
A kickstarter project and a hopfeully the next book by Frank Chimero. Love the video. Had to back this instantly. Hopefully there will soon be all kinds of Kickstarters for more than just creative projects.
Finally you can do something creative with a gun: “The Facadeprinter is a simple, software controlled robot. It consits of a two axis turn table and an airpressure printhead.” (via tputh)
10downingtweets.co.uk – I love this logo (via fwa)
Dave Gray-Knowledge Games: A Grammar for Creativity and Innovation. (via gamestorming)
The starting point of the presentation with the Kalashnikov metaphore seems a bit strange to me. But I like the idea of games and fun as a starting point for something new. Also the sketchy look and the simple pictures a great inspiration for telling stories.
The Monsanto House of the Future
“The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland built in 1957. The attraction featured a conceptualized home of the future from the year 1986. The house featured kitchen appliances such as microwaves (that had yet to be commonplace in most homes) The attraction was unfortunately torn down in 1967.”