Innovation in design (was: RFID and other fads)

20 Jan 2005 - 8:47am
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Lada Gorlenko

Here is something to look into, for anyone who cares about having
an inventor's mind - TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving),
a methodology for creative engineering design developed in the
1960s. This is one of the great timeless things, similar to
McLuhan's "Understanding media" and Ashby's "Introduction to
cybernetics". TRIZ has a fairly solid background - it took
200,000 patents to analyse to discover and describe how innovation
takes place. It's more than a methodology of being an innovator
(no genetics!), it's a way of thinking: beyond one's own experience
and across disciplines.

TRIZ makes a whole lot of sense to me; wholeheartedly advise to check
it out.


If anyone decides to go for a more serious read, the original
"Innovation Algorithm" book by Genrich Altshuller is probably the best
one around (English translation could have been better, but the
content is well-written).


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