I really thought the discussion in class today about people creating based on preexisting items instead of creating a brand new object was interesting. And if you stop and think about it…. what’s happened in the last 10 years or even the last 20 thats really been “new?”
Google, which according to Digg is in line to pass Microsoft in value by 2010, is not something new. Its taking a search engine, document engine, web tools, chat, and social networking and rolling them into new and more accessible objects. World of Warcraft, which is arguably the must successful video game on the market (currently) is based on Everquest and all of the other major games that came about in the past (and of course Everquest 2 is based on WoW.)
Getting away from my usual video game examples… We are being taught that a very important aspect of design, is to base design on an existing item and then strengthen it. Not only does it make it easier to justify using the new artifact, but it makes the process easier. This of course raises the question, how many new thoughts are there really to be had? I mean we’re working on this grand process for the homeless for CHI. Every group has at one point or another touched on an idea that A: already exists, B: another group has touched on, and C: well I’m not sure I have a C. But it was a good thought.
I guess it almost seems like we’re saying improvement is better than invention. And the inventors out there? Well…
Lets be honest. They’re just redesigning old shit anyway. Anyone want to buy a blender?