‘I often get irritated with things that I use in my life, and that’s where I find inspiration - James Dyson.
This article is by the authors of ALIEN Thinking, who say that ALIEN thinkers are more likely to bring breakthrough ideas to life because they see the world differently. ALIEN stands for Attention, Levitation, Imagination, Experimentation and Navigation. This article explains how Dyson used the framework to invent the bagless vacuum and transform it into a worldwide best-seller.
This year’s selections for the Most Innovative Companies in Design balance cutting-edge breakthroughs with grounded perspectives including impact on the environment and human equity.
Read about Adidas, Google, Seventh Generation among others.
Speaking of design being grounded in impact to the environment, Google will soon change the logic of Google Maps. Instead of showing you the fastest route from point A to point B by default, it will show you the greenest route by default.
Frugal designs offer sustainability and suitability for low-resource environments. An example is the Foldscope, a low-cost paper microscope used to improve medical diagnostics and science education in low-resource settings.
The article has more examples.