Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Really simple inventions

Let's talk about zippers and fasteners, glues and dyes:  
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/branded/2012/04/ykk_zippers_why_so_many_designers_use_them_.html
This Japanese company is 80 years old and makes half the zippers on earth.
http://www.smashinglists.com/top-10-people-who-got-rich-by-accident/2/
  Velcro was invented by an engineer fascinated at how plant parts got stuck to his clothes and his dog's fur.  One side is smooth VELvet, the other has CROtchet hooks - get it?
https://www.google.com/search?q=dyes&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=AKiTVajUDIvqUs7HgWg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg
Dyes: the colour in the world's products
The idea for Post-It's came to a scientist in church - on the one hand his page-markers kept falling out of his hymn book, on the other hand there was an adhesive that was too weak to use as a reliable glue, he put them together and made a great success! 

Some questions:
How does one learn to pay attention i.e. to be creative?
Where are the opportunities for invention in our environment now - in the kitchen, at the office, through the window, on a website, in answer to a personal request? 
Where/when is the money - this year, next year, never, forever - and the desire to follow-through on good ideas? 

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1 comment:

Startoffs said...

Seriously?

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