Brendon Bussy

The Problem of Stating Problems

Posted in Invention, New Old Old New by Brendon Bussy on January 14, 2011

At the end of last year I popped in to see Johan van Niekerk at CPUT’s* Industrial Design Department to discuss the problem of stating problems.

Earlier in the year I’d spoken to students at his department about the possibilities for musical instrument design (see my New Old Old New Project).  After that presentation I was approached by a few students who were keen to find music related design problems to develop as projects.  After some discussion a few project ideas emerged.  However a little later on I got to thinking – what if it were possible to anticipate these questions by creating an ongoing data base of ‘problems’ in serious need of a solution.  A resource not only for students but also designers and engineers looking for a challenge or even product idea. (more…)