A Basis for Describing the Experience of Innovation
Barry Wylant, B.E.S., M.E.Des., Assistant Professor, Industrial Design Program, Faculty of Environmental Design | The University of Calgary
Much of the current literature on innovation tends to cover methods of generating new ideas or the listing of the steps required to develop and implement new product or service ideas. This paper seeks to examine a more general experience of innovation beginning with a simple definition of the term itself. The idea at the heart of an innovation is then be examined using Scruton’s description of the aesthetic experience of architecture as a model. With this, distinct elements of the idea event can be identified. Insights drawn from innovation and creativity literature can then be seen to illustrate the way these elements of the idea experience are manipulated. Ultimately the new idea must be introduced and the process of industrial design provides an insightful model for exploring this experience of introducing new ideas to achieve innovation.