The ABC show, American Inventor, brought to us by the folks who gave us Idol, airs on Thursday and the gossip within the design and innovation crowd is that it is 'cheesy." We'll see if that is true or whether the design crowd is being too snooty.
Truth is that American Inventor may prove to be another model for open source innovation. We already have big corporations spending millions on networks of scientists and engineers around the world to pick up new ideas and inventions. If done right, and I am hearing the TV folks are NOT doing it right, but if done done, open,public auditions of new concepts and inventions around the world could prove incredibly productive. Who knows? Anyway, check out the American Inventor blog. Well, the blog is cheesy.
Who are the judges making the call? I don't know them. Perhaps you do. Ed Evangelista, executive creative director of JWT in NY. Mary Lous Quinlan, who is one of the most accomplished women in the communications business, according to the series blog, Doug Hall, a Master Inventor at P&G, and Peter Jones, who is listed as "creator, executive producer and judge.
Hmm. Too easy to be snarky about this jury. I'd personally like to see a jury composed of Gianfranco Zaccai of Design Continuum, Ivy Ross at Old Navy and Chee Pearlman who is running the Radical Craft Conference at Art Center in Pasadena next week. Plus the Master Inventor guy.
Who would you like to be on that jury?