Why, What, How


New Thinking for the Engineering Community by Dr. Mike Shipulski Sometimes we engineers know the answer before the question, sometimes we know the question’s wrong before it’s asked, and sometimes we’re just plain pig-headed. And if we band together, there’s no hope of changing how things are done. None. So, how to bring new thinking to the engineering community? In ...

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Is 'Enough' the new 'Best'?


Muji Thinks So by Idris Mootee I am not a superfan of Muji but I am very impressed with their last three years of repositioning or finetuning of the brand and after spending 15 minutes in one of their stores in Tokyo I can see why they are doing well. The concept is exporting well to the US too. If ...

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Design Thinking Meets Futures Thinking

The business world has been quick to try and implement design thinking in hopes of stimulating sweeping organizational change and innovation, only to abandon it and return to old practices when it doesn’t “work.” Is design thinking nothing more than a poorly defined gimmick, or are people just missing the big picture? Perhaps a part of the problem is that ...

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Innovation That Solves – Not Creates – Problems


When Smaller Isn’t Better by Robert F. Brands Bottled water consumers might have noticed lately the shrinking size of plastic caps. Conceived as environmentally friendly, they’ve been marketed as the bottled-water industry’s solution to plastic waste that otherwise would end up in a landfill. In the meantime, the caps are too small for some consumers to use easily. They can ...

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The Carbon Fiber Apple

Expect a New Generation of Lighter and Tougher iPads, iPhones and iBooks by Idris Mootee Do you ever wonder why everything is getting lighter and lighter? That includes the airplane that you fly in and your car. If you ever get a chance to fly Qantas in an A380, you’ll find the economy class seats are all carbon fiber. It ...

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Innovating Designed Products and Experiences


There’s a good, short recent article in the Irish Independent which states that people want designed, not designer products. While I doubt that many people are going to rush out and give up their BMW cars or Breitling watches, I suspect that the notion of “designed” products, services and experiences is really the next big opportunity for innovation. And the ...

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Now in Futuristic 2D


Since the release of James Cameron’s Avatar last year, 3D films have become a hot trend. With films like Alice in Wonderland and the release of state-of-the-art 3D televisions from companies like Samsung and Toshiba, it seems like everyone is interested in making flat images into three-dimensional experiences. The Japanese design firm Nendo, on the other hand, has turned this ...

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Tiny Things Make Us Happy


(and Convince Us to Buy) by Glen Stansberry My wife and I live in a modest two room apartment. We drive a used car, don’t eat out a lot, and we have a solid budget that we (usually) stick to. Yet there are still a few things that we splurge on. For example, instead of buying regular plastic carton milk, ...

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Engineering Your Way Out of the Recession


Like you, I have been thinking a lot about the recession. We all want to know how to move ourselves to the other side, where things are somewhat normal (the old normal, not the new one). Like usual, my mind immediately goes to products. To me, having the right products is vital to pulling ourselves out of this thing. There ...

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Too Critical of Apple iPad?


I wrote earlier about how I was underwhelmed by my Apple iPad after the first few weeks of use. With my iPhone and my laptop always handy, I just never had a real need to use it. Now I need to (slightly) revise that opinion. I just came back from a two week vacation with my kids, my wife, and ...

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