July 17th, 2007
Flickr, the online photosharing web site, changed everything for web applications. For one of the first times, elements of Flash and AJAX were combined in a seamless form, along with the HTML page. Interestingly, Flickr wasn’t originally conceived as a photosharing tool. It was an online game called The Game Neverending. Facing business obstacles with the game, the design team shifted priorities and recognized the value of the photosharing application. As a result, Flickr fundamentally changed the way we look at web applications.
All the time, I hear from clients working to build products and sites that reshape the market, hoping to duplicate Flickr’s success. But how can these design teams best go about developing innovative designs? Is it just luck when sites such as Flickr become successful?
If you’re challenged with creating innovative designs, I highly suggest you check out Scott Berkun’s writings on the subject. Scott is the author of the new book, The Myths of Innovation, and an expert when it comes to the history of innovation.
UIE’s Ashley McKee recently posted about a great interview Guy Kawasaki conducted with Scott Berkun, author of the new book, The Myths of Innovation, where Scott discusses how innovations happen and some of the biggest challenges designers face when trying to build innovative products. You’ll also want to check out Digital Web’s interview with Scott.Tweet