As usual I’ve adopted an extreme (but very useful- I think) position on...
As usual I’ve adopted an extreme (but very useful- I think) position on creativity and the myth of left-brain right brain thinking. Creativity I Prologue What prompted me to write something substantial and hopefully significant on creativity at this moment was reading an article in Scientific American (SA) that casts doubt on the legitimacy of […]
I was in the Design Museum this week in Shad Thames, London. What a disappointment it was too. There was, however, something of a feature made of the now familiar anglepoise lamp ( a design classic apparently, like lace up shoes and Apple’s Bondi Blue iMac ). Anyway, the history of innovating the original invention […]
Using a spider’s web to catch a fish. A truly fascinating case of extreme inventing. Like many, I came across this technique while watching a BBC series about the islands of the South Pacific. Fish are caught using a spider’s web, but not as you might first think. Immediate response to a story about fishing […]
The last two postings feature the same thing, the capture of an action I called pinching. In both these cases the properties captured in the new system are elasticity, and, I suggest, shape and a small amount of friction. The close proximity of the elastic teeth of the comb and the two sides of the […]
Neat eh? But where did the inspiration come from? Many of the examples of extreme inventing feature the capture of some property of a natural object. The sharpness or heaviness of a stone, for example. I suggest this otherwise great idea (from the lolbrary) is inspired by an existing product, probably familiar to many kitchen […]
DIYers will appreciate this one, even it its application is limited to flatter surfaces. However, it could be adapted, and then it would be an extreme innovation-maybe? I’m putting it forward as an example of emergent functionality, because the comb is being used for something it wasn’t originally designed for. Emergent properties present an opportunity […]
My first example of extreme inventing featured a ‘log wheel‘. This may not seem so extreme but its deviser does deserve the accolade ‘extreme inventor’. What functionality has been captured by using this found object (the trolley)? One its height, two its wheels, three its strength. Picture found at the lolbrary.com
Pretty obvious extreme invention this, no need to go into detail. The problem? Sticky tape is a great invention many of us will use this Christmas, but we know the process of present wrapping is slowed down considerably by having to pick up the roll, find the end, cut a piece off, then put it […]
Just an alert to two new pages set up dedicated to Natural Enterprise. The one is about Natural Enterprise, the other about the connections I see between Natural Enterprise and the Lean StartUp movement. If you wish to know more about starting a new business through the Lean Start process, click the link opposite.
No. This is not a Dr Who story, but instead one of economic and community development. Extreme Inventing was devised as a myth buster. The myth? To invent, or be creative, one needs to be an extra ordinary individual. The truth is, we are all inventive, to invent is natural. In fact to be enterprising […]