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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Design's Impact

Roger Martin is quoted in FastCompany:
Design's powerful impact on business strategy will require a whole new way
of thinking. Martin asserts that traditional companies "reward two types of
logic: inductive (proving that something actually operates) and deductive
(proving that something must be)." Designers combine inductive and deductive
reasoning to create a fresh approach -- abductive thinking -- which Martin
defines as "suggesting that something may be and reaching out to explore it."
Instead of acting on what's certain, designers bet on what's probable. Companies
such as Apple act like design shops by saying, "If everything must be proven,
we'll never make the likes of an iPod."

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