"Innovation is Dead"?

According to Bruce Nussbaum on Core77. "Innovation" died in 2008, killed off by overuse, misuse, narrowness, incrementalism and failure to evolve. It was done in by CEOs, consultants, marketeers, advertisers and business journalists who degraded and devalued the idea by conflating it with change, technology, design, globalization, trendiness, and anything "new." It was done it by an obsession with measurement, metrics and math and a demand for predictability in an unpredictable world. The concept was also done in, strangely enough, by a male-dominated economic leadership that rejected the extraordinary progress in "uncertainty planning and strategy" being done at key schools of design that could have given new life to "innovation. To them, "design" is something their wives do with curtains, not a methodology or philosophy to deal with life in constant beta--life in 2009.
Considering how much Bruce himself has been trumpeting the word this seems like an odd proclamation to me. Maybe he feels only he can spot real innovation. Or, maybe he is going to unveil a new word in 2010? He is probably correct but even more impressive is his use of "conflating", now that is innovation.



It looks cool but is BMW actually going to manufacture and market something interesting or are they going to continue to use all of their creativity and skill on making one-off show cars for the cover of popular science?

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Karl's new kitchen

Karl is a home improvement juggernaut. Check out the latest.

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Cool idea, but why didn't they design the legs of the chair to go with the peacock folds?

Oblagon Christmas

I know that a lot of people get Syd Mead's Holiday card. Still, it is really a thrill to see every year.

Zoe Saldana

I saw Avatar on Christmas Day. Yes, the theater was crowded but it was worth it and both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana did a good job. Most of the special effects were terrific and the ships were downright awesome. The six legged horses were a little heavy-handed and the dog/hyena night creatures were just plain bad but the rest of the visuals and the solid story more than made up for it.


Merry Christmas

Christmas gift idea #10 (late)

Although the flow of the book is a little confusing in that it makes the four primary figures become a jumble at times, it is still very interesting.


christmas gift idea #9

"Eames inspired" serving tray available for a bloated price on Hivemodern.com


christmas gift idea #8

The womb chair. If you have a huge christmas budget this would make anyone happy.

christmas gift idea #7

According to Unicahome, "Provence is an exquisite series of crystal glassware from one of italy's finest glass producers, ichendorf. a collision of art and useful object, provence brings creativity and style to the table. the diagonally cut line of the parison facilitates tasting so function and design work in complete harmony. It is not for me, but it is interesting.

christmas gift idea #6

All of the lego sets are great but the star wars ones are excellent.


Christmas gift idea #5

The 2010 collectors calendar by lavazza. I think that you have to be in Europe and be a big distributor to get one but this makes a great gift...assuming that you can actually find one.

2010 Lavazza does it again

Christmas gift idea #4

Anything from Zutano but especially the blanket outfit sets. The materials are as good as the patterns and they are well constructed.


More papier mache

This is kind of like what we were trying to make out of pulp as a line of dorm furniture. I think that it would be even more successful if they integrated a bit of storage too...rather than having it be hollow.

Christmas gift idea #3

This is the desk set by Amy Butler. You can order it from her website. www.amybutlerdesign.com This is part of the desktop collection.

cool menorah

This menorah is available at Unicahome and can be configured in a linear undulating path or a bunch of other variations.

christmas gift idea #2

They are a little crafty but I think that the hand painted paper ornaments are great looking on the tree. The look is different than glass because there is less reflection. Crate and Barrel sells a couple of sets and they last for ever. You can also make your own pretty easily...wrapping paper from target and ornament balls from any craft store works well.


Christmas gift idea #1

If you know someone that is really into chocolate here are chocolate fondue sets for each place setting. Available at all modern.com. That glow in the middle is coming from the votive. Nice find david!