Creative Confidence

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tom Kelley, partner at the design firm IDEO, explains how to unleash our creativity and change the way we approach and solve problems. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, written with his brother, David Kelley, IDEO founder and creator of the Stanford, provides principles and strategies for being more creative at work and in life.


Tom Kelley

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From the Wikipedia mouse article, which is consistent with my recollection of events. (I started following this technology in the early 80's.):

German company Telefunken published on their early ball mouse on October 2, 1968.[18] Telefunken's mouse was sold as optional equipment for their computer systems. Bill English, builder of Engelbart's original mouse,[23] created a ball mouse in 1972 while working for Xerox PARC.[24]

Ball mice and wheel mice were manufactured for Xerox by Jack Hawley, doing business as The Mouse House in Berkeley, California, starting in 1975.[25][26]



24. Wadlow, Thomas A. (September 1981). "The Xerox Alto Computer". Byte 6 (9): 58–68.

25. "The Xerox Mouse Commercialized". Making the Macintosh: Technology and Culture in Silicon Valley.


As I recall, Apple's special contribution to mouse tech was reducing the number of buttons to one. As the value of context sensitive menus became comelling the one single button became a limitation, but early on when folks were first getting familiar with this kind of interaction eliminating concern about which button to push helped usability and acceptance.

BTW: I've been a fan of IDEO and was a bit confused and dissappointed by the claim that they thought up the ball mouse. Still like ideas discussed in the interview but now wondering about supporting info.

Oct. 16 2013 02:32 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I just left a comment by phone, but I want to add something. If you have an idea for something, how do you get it out into the world without someone else stealing it? What are the "safe" routes/sources of support?

Oct. 16 2013 01:54 PM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Reminds me of the classic coach's order to Little League pitchers: "Throw strikes, but don't give 'em anything good to hit."

Oct. 16 2013 01:51 PM

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