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Innovation

The Potential of Innovation


I have spoken about the potential of innovation many times. Over the years, 4c Design has been fortunate to have worked closely with a wide range of different companies and organisations realising…

History of the Pen

Video: The Fascinating History of the Pen


We liked this at 4c Design. A short video tracing the fascinating history of the pen. Required viewing for all industrial design students? [iframe width="738" height="443"…

Michelin’s Futuristic Airless Tire

Video: Michelin’s Futuristic Airless Tire


Is this the tyre (tire) of the future? Airless and 3D printed straight onto the car. The porous interior architecture provides stability with on-demand tread being easily changed with each printing…

The European Innovation Scorecard 2017


Two main conclusions emerge from the 2017 European Innovation Scorecard published last week by the European Commission. First, the EU's overall record on innovation is improving, albeit slowly, but…

Manufacturing

Video: Design for UK Manufacturing Growth


In a previous blog post, Realising Potential, we showed a Design Council video highlighting the importance of innovation and design to UK economic growth. A second video explores why innovation and…

Museum of Failures

Visit the Museum of Product Design Failure (Video)


Can we learn from product design failure as well as success? The Museum of Failures in Helsingborg certainly thinks so. In the video below, Dr. Samuel West, Director of the Museum, talks about the…

Design Council

Should Design Be Front and Centre of Jobs, Skills and Services in the UK?


Sarah Weir, Design Council Chief Executive, has called for design to be placed at the centre of rebuilding the post-election UK economy. An economy strong enough to tackle wide ranging social…

Potential Energy

Video: Realising Potential


Someone recently asked me what I did for a living? I started off by saying ‘I am a product design engineer…....’ What I should have said was: ‘I realise potential’. It sounds a bit ‘life coach’ but…

Understanding Innovation

Understanding Innovation


Innovation is everywhere. People want to innovate, companies are being told to innovate and investors want to invest in innovators. But what does this mean? How do you do it and what are the…