UIETips: How to Innovate Right Now

Jared Spool

August 21st, 2013

Being innovative doesn’t always mean creating something that’s never been done before. In fact, being innovative could easily be taking something existing and using it in a new way that adds real value for users. Back in 2008, Scott Berkun wrote an article on the importance of borrowing and reusing ideas from the past. This article still rings true and we thought you would appreciate seeing it in today’s UIEtips.

Scott has spent years studying why innovation works for some teams and not others. If you’re looking to inspire your team to be more innovative in doing creative work, explore Scott’s UI18 workshop: Innovating on a Deadline.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The biggest secret of innovation is that anyone can do it. The reason is simple: It’s just not that hard. Look up the word “innovate” in any dictionary and see what it actually means, instead of what you think it means. You’ll find something like this: To innovate is “to introduce something new.” That’s it. It doesn’t say you need to be a creative genius, a workaholic, or even have on clean underwear. It’s just three little words: introduce something new. And I promise that by the end of this article, you’ll have all the secrets needed to do it yourself.

Read the article: How to Innovate Right Now

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