Design

Optimizing Innovation – Mauro Porcini of 3M

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Mauro Porcini’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Mauro Porcini, Head of Global Product Design – Consumer & Office Business at 3Mspoke about the importance of design and its role in innovation. 3M focuses a lot ...

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Innovating From the Outside In

In the previous article of the Australian Innovation report (Summer 08), we spoke of customer-centric innovation being the management discipline for the new millennium and provided an inside look into a number of Australian companies that have excelled as a result of taking a customer-centred approach. In this article, we will take a step further and delve into the emerging ...

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Visible and Invisible Innovation – Cirque Du Soleil

Point: Behind-the-scenes innovation makes visible innovation shine Story: I saw the premiere of KOOZA in Denver last week. Actually, it was my second time seeing KOOZA (the first was in Boston), and it was even better the second time. The first time, I was mesmerized by the overt innovations in the show, like the “Wheel of Death.” Imagine two connected ...

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A Fascinating Model for the Auto Industry

When you hear the word ‘crowdsourcing’, what comes to mind? Most people list ideas, tee-shirts, logos and advertisements. If you are familiar with InnoCentive, the world’s largest open innovation platform, you would know product development, design projects and campaigns can be crowdsourced too. It was at the Business Innovation Factory conference earlier this week I first heard of a ‘crowdsourced’ ...

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It's Tough to be a Follower

The news is out. Sales of the much-ballyhood Palm Pre are…a disappointment. The new smartphone, launched to compete head-on with Apple’s groundbreaking iPhone, has lost its momentum. The Pre, which was launched June 6, got off to a good start but has faded in recent weeks. According to the Wall Street Journal, analysts projected lower sales in the current period ...

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Cooking Up Some Innovation

I’ve been thinking for a while about the perfect physical space for innovation. When we work with our clients we often are asked to help design a physical space for the team to work in. This should be a space that is open, colorful, inviting and really different from the regular work environment. The space needs to remind the people ...

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The Art of Whitespace

Being a sometime pencil sketcher, I’ve been a fan of the Wall Street Journal pen and ink stipple portraits, also known as a hedcut (that’s not a typo) since I started reading the journal in 1982. I love the fact that the portraits are most whitespace with artfully placed dots and dashes — pure black and white — and the ...

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Design Thinking For Your Writing

William Bostick over at Core77 wrote a terrific post called “How (Not) To Write Like a Designer.” Design thinking is how I prefer to think about my style of problem solving. I’m not alone…IDEO and Stanford’s D School coined the term, and Tim Brown’s blog is all about it. But what I liked about this particular post was that it ...

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The Elegance of My Father

by Matthew E May My father’s 78th birthday would have been this year, had he lived to see the day. It’s been ten years since his passing from complications arising from a rather rare blood disorder called polycythemia…too much blood. In honor of the decade without him, I thought I’d post part of my book that did not make the ...

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Design Driven Innovation

I was pondering recently why it can be so hard for a large firm to innovate successfully. Too often it seems we are trying to graft an innovation capability or process on top of existing teams and workflows. While these grafted processes can work effectively for a short time, while the white hot focus of management is felt, often these ...

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