Don Norman: Designing For People

Nielsen Norman Group

Innovation takes decades to be accepted

Innovation is all around us. Even table ware, which most of us take for granted, is still changing. But even if someone invents better tableware (for example, any of the 8 possible permutations of forks, spoons, and knives which includes the null set of just using one's hands), it will take decades. Why? because today's varied utensils and chopsticks are "good enough."

Jane Black of the Washington Post did her homework well and wrote an engaging essay on new innovations in tableware. A Knork in the road: On the cutting edge, new designs aim to change the way we eat, one bite at a time. Not only that, she let me have the last word.