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12.6.7. Logic: Unscience: Space


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With simple science and unscience approach, you can think about space and how you can use it in innovative ways.


Fig. 12.6 The logic cloud

Space is not the final frontier, but can still be challenging in the ways that you can use it for invention. These are just a few ways of using it.

  • Dimensions. There are three dimensions of space which you can increase, decrease and bend, individually or together. Ask why the space is filled with what is there. If it is an object you are making, then is all the material needed, or is some of it there because it was easier to make it that way? Maybe you could have made it a different way. Similarly, business processes are filled with all kinds of things, especially meetings! Take things out of meetings that are not needed. Most can be removed if you try. So, if something is occupying space but has no functional use then take it out.
  • Gaps. Look around and see how many places there is space which is not used. List them all. The space may be around you or inside what you are making. How might you do something in those spaces. Can you nest something inside something else?
  • Location. Think also about how you might change the orientation or position of something to use space better. Turn it upside down, rotate it, change angles, slide it, move it relative to other things. What is the overall layout? How are things positioned relative to one another? What do you see when you change the location of your viewpoint zooming in and out? What if everything was together or separated? What if one thing was inside another?
  • Symmetry. Many things are symmetrical because they are easier to make that way or seem simpler. What happens if you make things asymmetrical? Can you use less space? Can you make it more stylish?
  • Curvature. List all the ways you could change the shape of what you have, imagining how complex or simple it could be. For example, I could hold my pen better if it was not round, but had curves which fitted my finger shapes. And I could tell which way round I was holding my pen or how far away the nib was. What if curves were straight or straight things were curved?
  • Boundaries. Look closely at the edges and surfaces where things interact. Do you want smooth or do you want dimpled, do you want hard or soft, maybe hard in one place and soft in another? Think about varying the features of the surface in as many ways as possible. Make a long list and then go through and ask yourself what benefits you have from changing the surface here, there and everywhere! Consider how you want the shape, strength, colour and texture of edges to be. List all the different ways you might change the edges.
  • Movement. What is moving? Relative to what? What are the effects of friction, inertia and momentum? Think about what the atoms and molecules are doing. How does one push, pull, rotate, vibrate the ones next to it? What is the locus, the path traced out? What cushioning or suspension is there? How do things move over time? What are the effects of starting, stopping, speed and acceleration?

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