Around 1439, he brought the two technologies together along with an oil based ink to invent the printing technology which changed the world. Would this have been possible if he hadn’t been exposed to both wine making and metal working?
Would the Mac have included those typographical tools if Jobs hadn’t taken that calligraphy class? Not according to Jobs.
In his famous Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish address at Stanford in 2005, Jobs explained “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them.”
Innovation often involves combining elements from diverse experiences. Expanding your range of experience is one of the best ways to improve your creativity.
How broad are your interests? What new area are you going to explore this year?
|Steven Johnson links Gutenberg's experiences with the invention of the printing press.|