Creative Confidence: Cultivating the Mindset of Today's Innovators
Founder and Chairman, IDEO; Professor and Founder, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University
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David Kelley is founder and chairman of IDEO, a design- and innovation-consulting firm with locations in California, Europe, and Asia. He is the Donald W. Whittier professor in the product design program at Stanford University. In 2004, Kelley led the establishment of Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the "d.school." Kelley is recognized as one of America's leading design innovators and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Additionally, he has received many awards including the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, the Chrysler Design Award, the National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Sir Misha Black Medal for his "distinguished contribution to design education."
Linda Tischler is a senior editor at Fast Company, where she writes about the intersection of business and design. For the past several years, she has been responsible for the magazine’s Masters of Design issue, which celebrates people in the forefront of design thinking. She also oversees design coverage and blogs on FastCoDesign, where she launched the site’s team of expert design bloggers. The site won a 2011 National Magazine Award for best specialty magazine site. She writes a magazine column, “Big Bang Design,” which explores how design, when used strategically, can have a big impact on everything from health to education to urban planning and beyond.
David Kelley, founder and chair of IDEO, emphasizes the importance of creating easy, low risk environments to test new ideas. Kelley demonstrates this "culture of prototyping" with an example from IDEO's design lab, an innovative and low-cost setup for designing iPhone apps for Sesame Street.
Ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Psychological studies of highly creative people have shown that many have a strong interest in apparent disorder, contradiction, and imbalance, which seem to be perceived as challenges. Such individuals may possess an exceptionally deep, broad, and flexible awareness of themselves. Studies also show that intelligence has little correlation with creativity; thus, a highly intelligent person may not be very creative. See alsogenius; gifted child.