Friday, January 20, 2006


No rules allowed

Apartment theory is and interesting blog about interior design. No, no GAs there yet, but I just ran into and interesting quote from Tomas Edison: There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something. That got me thinking again about structure and its enforcement in creative problem solving. From the work done in the DISCUS project, we started with a free-form approach. That was tough, users tended to get lost. Then we ruled a step-by-step approach. Users felt caged when using such a version. So, as Edison said, there are no rules around here. DISCUS eventually evolved into a middle ground, providing free-form and step-by-step approaches, leaving the freedom to the user for choosing what he/she feels comfortable with. Eventually, DISCUS tools are to support for human creativity and innovation, not to replace it. Yes, this is one of our DISCUS there-ain’t-no-rules-here lessons. Thank you Mr. Edison.

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