July 26th, 2007
Flickr, the online photosharing web site, changed everything for web applications. For one of the first times, the developers of Flickr 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, I think you’ll really want to read 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.
In this week’s article, UIE’s Christine Perfetti sat down with Scott to talk about his new book and his research in the area of innovation. I think you’ll really enjoy it.
How does your design team go about developing innovative designs? Join the discussion below about this week’s topic below.
[If you find this article interesting, you’ll definitely want to attend this year’s UI12 Conference, where Scott Berkun present his full-day seminar: The Myths of Innovation — How to Lead Breakthrough Projects. In this seminar, you’ll gain the essential skills and core concepts needed to lead innovative projects within your organization.]Tweet