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Archives: November 2009

Can the LaCrosse bring sexy back to Buick?

Posted by: Venessa Wong on November 25

Design thinking helped to shape Buick’s 2010 LaCrosse, it seems. Seung-il (Sean) Lo, lead designer at GM’s Global Brand Strategy Studio in Warren, Mich. says the idea was to...

Top 10 Consumer Electronics Innovators

Posted by: Michael Arndt on November 25

Everyone loves a list, especially (at this blog at least) one that ranks innovative companies. We publish our own annual Top 50 roster, which you can see here. Strategos, an...

Patent Volume Isn't the Best Innovation Gauge

Posted by: Michael Arndt on November 22

Patent volume, based on new analysis, isn't necessarily a valid proxy for innovation. Tallies of U.S. patent grants are published every year, giving IBM reason to strut since it invariably...

American Eagle Outfitters offers 15 secs of fame in Times Square

Posted by: Venessa Wong on November 19

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) is giving its shoppers 15 seconds of fame. A 15,000 square foot LED display atop the retailer's new store in Times Square, which opened on...

Sony's Digital Book Downloads from the Public Library

Posted by: Jay Greene on November 17

My 11-year-old son had a dilemma last night. He had zipped through the first two books in the Twilight series and was keen to start on the third, Eclipse. But...

Carnegie Mellon Converts Gas-Powered Cars to Electricity

Posted by: Damian Joseph on November 16

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University aren't waiting for big car companies to bring affordable electric vehicles to the market. They're proving that with some tinkering, today's gas-powered models can be...

Innovation Is Back, Says Accenture—Or Is it?

Posted by: Michael Arndt on November 11

Nearly two years after the U.S. tumbled into a recession, business is starting to think about ways to grow again. And for many, this means spending more money on innovation,...

New design programs emerging worldwide

Posted by: Venessa Wong on November 10

BusinessWeek published a list of design programs to watch as part of a special report on design thinking. I recently followed up with representatives to see how these new and...

Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff

Posted by: Helen Walters on November 07

If you haven't watched Annie Leonard's film, The Story of Stuff, you really should. Seven million people have watched the 20-minute film since it was launched in December 2007, captivated...

Mayo Clinic to Telemonitor Heart Patients

Posted by: Michael Arndt on November 05

Mayo Clinic is moving toward becoming more of a virtual hospital. The not-for-profit complex just announced a telemedicine collaboration this morning with a Swiss semiconductor company, STMicroelectronics, to monitor the...

Ford Lags in Alt-Energy Patents

Posted by: Michael Arndt on November 04

Ford Motor may have cheered investors with back-to-back reports this week that it netted almost $1 billion in the third quarter and increased its market share and year-over-year sales in...

Innovative Entrepreneurship: Can it be Taught?

Posted by: Reena Jana on November 03

A recent survey developed for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy by researchers at New York University’s Stern School of Business and NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and...

Better Place launches design competition based on BW Design Schools list

Posted by: Helen Walters on November 02

Interesting. We've written about Better Place, the electric vehicle services provider, before (see, for instance, this piece from last year and, after the jump, a video interview with founder Shai...


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