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Grounded Innovation

Strategies for Creating Digital Products

Grounded Innovation: Strategies for Creating Digital Products focuses on the innovation processes and technical properties of digital products. Drawing on case studies, it looks at systematic ways to ground innovation in both technology and human needs, and it explores how digital products have become integrated in the real world. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 discusses the history and the basic properties of digital products, as well as the different approaches to innovation, the concept of grounded innovation, and concepts and processes that are important for creating successful innovations such as inquiry, invention, and prototyping. Part 2 demonstrates how the basic properties of digital products can be used as raw material for new innovations, including interaction, networking, sensing, and proactivity. Finally, recent technology, such as rapid prototyping and mobile mash-ups, are considered. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding how digital products are created and in a general approach to information technology.


Product Designers, Interaction Designers, and Design-Oriented Engineers

Paperback, 232 Pages

Published: April 2012

Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 978-0-12-385946-4


  • "Holmquist, principal research scientist at Yahoo!, offers compelling strategies for the innovation, design and development of digital products. Organized into two overarching pieces addressing methods and materials, sections include innovation, inquiry, invention, and prototyping as well as interaction, networking as product connectivity, sensing as context, and proactivity of products. Numerous real world examples and best practices are given in a larger conceptual framework of innovation within applicable business constraints."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2012, page 182


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    Part I Methods

        Chapter 1 Understanding Digital Products

        Chapter 2 Innovation: Making A Change in the World

        Chapter 3 Inquiry: Finding Out How Things Are

        Chapter 4 Invention: Creating Something New

        Chapter 5 Prototyping: Finding Out If (And How) It Works

    Part II Materials

        Chapter 6 Interaction: Surfaces for Input and Output

        Chapter 7 Networking: When Things Get Connected

        Chapter 8 Sensing: Being Aware of the Context

        Chapter 9 Proactivity: Products That Decide for Themselves

        Chapter 10 Creating Digital Products: Mashing It Up and Getting It Out There




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