Outside of the Box Defined

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Facing the challenges inherent in working on something radically different, one is quite inclined to use the phrase “outside of the box”.

But what is the definition of thinking/acting/inventing outside of the box? How do you know when you’re there?

I offer this simple concept as  (one part of) the definition:

When what you do is the opposite of what nearly every observer would predict when given the same knowledge.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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