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  • Extreme Creativity

    As usual I’ve adopted an extreme (but very useful- I think) position on...

  • Table: Weight

    I was in the Design Museum this week in Shad Thames, London. What a...

  • Distinctions of properties

    The last two postings feature the same thing, the capture of an action I called...

  • inspiration?

    Neat eh? But where did the inspiration come from? Many of the examples of...

  • In Extremis II

    My first example of extreme inventing featured a ‘log wheel‘. This...

  • Extreme Picks

    Another good example of extreme inventing, exemplary in fact. This is a pick...

  • 7UP? No— Light Up!

    This is a perfect example of extreme inventing we were made aware of by Colin...

  • Enchanted

    Highly polished axe heads like the one shown here have been found all over...

  • METhCheMEm

    The good looking fellow here is the late and great Genric Altshuller, the...

  • Kid’s Play

    Kid’s are extreme inventors par excellence. Featured here is a science...

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Practical Solutions. An Archive.

If you are looking for an archive of very very practical solutions, there’s no need to go to your nearest public library to look up a patents database, or the internet. In fact, you are probably sitting on a solution right now. If inventing things is about problem solving, which I say it is, then […]

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Thorny Issue

When I was very much younger, I used to called barbed wire ‘bad’ wire, and so did all my friends. It made sense—it was bad. This is not, strictly speaking, an extreme invention, only sort of. I found the story of bad wire invention on the Smithsonian Institute’s Lemelson Centre pages. It seems that back […]

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Creativity—it’s Natural

Although I prefer to use ‘inventiveness’ and not creativity, which is used so much it’s lost it’s value in discussions on inventing, this is a book that may be worth a look. Why? Because it confirms everything said here about extreme inventing—it’s normal. Let’s be clear, this is not (quite) a self-help book, even though […]

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Extreme Picks

Another good example of extreme inventing, exemplary in fact. This is a pick made from deer antler and used for digging in prehistoric times. Examples are found all over Europe. Recalling that extreme inventing is about recognising and then incorporating the property of a found object into a new technical system, this is a perfect […]

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Kids Hate Crust

Lot’s of kids dislike eating the crusts of bread, and they leave lovingly prepared sandwiches in tatters as they  try get to the delicious fillings. I remember our kids were great, they even liked the crusts. But when it came to parties, to avoid the mess and waste from our childrens’ more faddy friends, we […]

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7UP? No— Light Up!

This is a perfect example of extreme inventing we were made aware of by Colin Dyas of Made in Liverpool Ltd. First we have a problem—darkness when lightness was needed—and then an extreme inventor recognised a property of a clear liquid to transmit light. Hey presto, the water bottle enabled solar light bulb was invented. […]

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Object Abuse

As the home of ‘make do and mend’, recycling and just plain acceptance of the odd idea (and individual), the allotment can be seen as fertile ground for the extreme inventor. If we take as the precept of intentionally ‘abusing an object’ for a non-designed function, then here listed are some everyday examples put into […]

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Enchanted

Highly polished axe heads like the one shown here have been found all over Europe. It represents a category of extreme inventing I’ve called the social object. This example was found in Britain and is 5,800 years old and was featured in the BBC’s Radio 4 series: The History of the World in 100 Objects.  […]

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METhCheMEm

The good looking fellow here is the late and great Genric Altshuller, the Russian engineer-inventor famous (in some circles at least) for devising the most comprehensive design methodology there ever was, which goes by the name of TRIZ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genrich_Altshuller). TRIZ is the Russian acronym for the theory of inventive problem solving (TIPS in English). […]

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Kid’s Play

Kid’s are extreme inventors par excellence. Featured here is a science fiction scenario created by my son Oliver many years ago. I was so impressed I took some photos. This is a perfect example of how the properties of found objects are incorporated into a new system. The system is created through play. The outcome […]

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