UIEtips article: Debunking the Myths of Innovation

Jared Spool

May 28th, 2008

Flickr, the online photosharing web site, changed everything for web applications. Flickr was one of the first instances where developers combined elements of Flash and AJAX in a seamless form, along with the HTML page.

What many people don’t know is that Flickr wasn’t originally a site for sharing photos. It was originally conceived as an online game, “The Game Neverending.” But when the design team started facing business obstacles with the game, they quickly shifted their priorities and recognized the value of the photosharing application. As a result, Flickr fundamentally changed the way we look at web applications.

At UIE, we hear all the time from clients working to build products and sites that capture the market, hoping to duplicate the success of sites such as Flickr. If you’re challenged with creating innovative designs, you’ll really want to read Scott Berkun’s writings on the subject. Scott is the author of the book, “The Myths of Innovation,” and an expert when it comes to the history of innovation.

Also, in this week’s article for our email newsletter, we’re republishing a great interview UIE’s Christine Perfetti conducted with Scott last year about his research in the area of innovation. This is one of our most popular articles. If you missed it, I think you’ll really enjoy it.

You can check out Christine’s interview with Scott here.

How does your design team go about developing innovative designs? Please share your thoughts below.

3 Responses to “UIEtips article: Debunking the Myths of Innovation”

  1. Laurent Says:

    I read ‘myth of innovation” few months ago and it’s defintely a book worth to read. It’s really brilliant and incredibly nice to read, full of nice stories and really demystifiying innovation. A must read book!

  2. Calvin chan Says:

    The book sounds interesting, I will definitely add it to my reading list. Thanks!

  3. chadvavra Says:

    I liked The Myth of Innovation very much. I sent it to my CTO when I was finished. We both found it interesting that there is a detail of a trip to google when the author is known for his innovations at Microsoft.

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