The Innovation Spectrum helps visualize the impact of innovation, from evolutive to disruptive.

A preliminary note is essential: there is a paradox in talking about innovation because we can describe it, as well as its impacts, only after having experienced it. However, design practice focus is on what does not yet exist.

“Technology is the answer … but what was the question?”

– Cedric Price, 1966

It is easy to talk today about the innovation of the smartphone and its impact on usage. Let us go back to the end of the 20th century, before the application of “touchscreen” technologies: imagining the mobile device with a touch screen was already explored, but to foresee its concrete implementation required many steps. Considering the implications and impacts remain difficult, even today.

Stories to be continued.

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