Category: Thought Leadership

Liberated Pixels Take Flight

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Do you recall the opening scene of the 2017 Superbowl when flying drones circled like stars over Lady Gaga’s head? If you missed the beginning go online and check out the video. Bill Mitchell and I termed these things “liberated pixels” back in 2008 at the MIT Media Lab. The concept is simple: imagine any point of light … Continue reading Liberated Pixels Take Flight

How Marketing Technology Devoured Our Culture

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It seems almost surreal that the Edison Awards were initially introduced nearly three decades ago. But, as its founding father, I have as “proof devices” many fond memories from the association and a receding hairline. Over the past three decades of Edison Awards, the currents of time have given us significant and remarkable shifts in … Continue reading How Marketing Technology Devoured Our Culture

EMBED: The Company Force-Field that Impedes Innovation

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David Foster Wallace has this haunting line in his profound 2005 commencement speech, “This is Water.” He talks about “day in, day out.” He was addressing graduating seniors from Kenyon College and his reference of day in, day out refers to how adult life turns from spontaneity into going through the motions. When I heard the line, … Continue reading EMBED: The Company Force-Field that Impedes Innovation

Are You Driving Innovation Home Like A Champion?

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Getting young women and men to develop their innate capacity to be innovative has been at the center of what I aim to accomplish.  I did this as dean of undergraduate engineering at Northwestern University for over the past quarter century, and I am still doing it as Co-Director of the Master of Product Design … Continue reading Are You Driving Innovation Home Like A Champion?

Creativity and Product Innovation

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On a business trip to the US, Honda’s CEO found fumbling for change at tollgates a problem, even an irritation when the cars behind impatiently started honking their horns.  Coin trays in cars today are taken for granted, but Honda was the first, due to their CEO’s smart observation of an important, but undetected, problem … Continue reading Creativity and Product Innovation

What makes the truly exceptional companies different ?

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Do you recall the 1994 book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras? In this book the authors asked: “What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?” One of their … Continue reading What makes the truly exceptional companies different ?

Process, Creativity and Innovation – How do you fill the market white space?

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I’ve been reflecting on process, creativity, and innovation.  It’s a subject that is of great interest to me and to my graduate students at Northwestern University, where I am a professor and direct a program dedicated to graduate work in product design and development management.  I don’t reflect on the subject necessarily from an academic … Continue reading Process, Creativity and Innovation – How do you fill the market white space?