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Posted on November 4, 2016

Two of the nation’s top thought leaders in Design Thinking shared their insights with the InnoQuest Innovation group in October at the Cleveland Institute of Art, one of the country’s best art and design schools.


img_3230Dr. Fred Collopy (Professor – Design and Innovation, Weatherhead School at CWRU) shared on the evolution of designing and the roles that leaders have in managing the design process. In addition, he facilitated small group work that allowed participants to ideate with specific constraints. Great to see the energy and ideas that started to bubble up from each group.

Doug Paige (Associate Professor, Industrial Design at CIA) provided insight on how biomimicry (or imitating designs found in nature) is changing the role of industrial design and product innovation. Terrific insights and resources  to explore applications and solutions to every day design issues.


The group also had a chance to tour the upgraded CIA school – showing the breadth and depth of programs offered, including animation, biomedical art, ceramics, graphic, industrial and gaming design, glass blowing, sculpture, printmaking, metals and more.

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Key Takeways:

  • Leaders create the conditions to thrive -> designers, stewards and teachers
  • Innovation is an outcome to culture, including processes and practices.
  • Innovation comes from framing questions and challenges in new ways.
  • Design attitude is important – patience is needed to get best outcome; no end goal
  • Nature has an efficient solution for a problem
  • Need to be able to discern what problem will be solved (application)
  • Brainstorming works best when people are having fun!

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Next InnoQuest Session:

  • Dec. 6 Creativity and Leadership at Location: Philips Medical (Mayfield Heights)

Guests: Dr. Gerard Puccio (International Center for Studies in Creativity – Buffalo State)

About the InnoQuest Innovation Management Program:

A collaborative forum offered bi-monthly to leaders and innovation practitioners of mid- to large-sized companies in Northeast Ohio. Participants gain best practices in managing and guiding the innovation process, new working relations with peer companies & leading practitioners and actionable steps to improve a company’s innovation practices. Program content has included: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Lean Start-Up Principles, Design Thinking and Creativity in Leadership. Each session is held at a location of interest throughout the region; past locations have included; Sherwin Williams, The Technology House, NASA Glenn Research Center, Baldwin Wallace Center for Innovation and Growth, Parker Hannifin’s New Innovation Center and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

To participate in the InnoQuest Innovation Management program contact:

Chris Keller (; 216-346-6300) or Grant Marquit (; 216-215-5058)