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by Bill Nottingham Originally Published, Smart Business — Cleveland June 26,2018 The first time they jammed together, in 1980, the members of R.E.M. wrote six songs in a few hours. “I’m not saying we were great,” guitarist Peter Buck told The Guardian in 2016, “but we...read more
by Bill Nottingham Innovation requires risks. Does your culture encourage or discourage people from taking them? The University of Nebraska’s football team has won more games than any college team in the nation since 1970, but hasn’t brought home a championship since...read more
Symbolism: John Nottingham and John Spirk discuss the origins of the company logo John and John met as students at Cleveland Institute of Art and knew long before graduation that they wanted to work together. We asked them to explain the design of the NS logo, the...read more
Brent Bushnell is CEO of Two Bit Circus, which creates “entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, blurring the line between physical and digital playgrounds.” He’s also the son of Nolan Bushnell, the video game pioneer who founded Atari. Brent recently joined...read more
John Nottingham has a saying: “Innovation is not something we do on Thursday.” His point is that creating is not an event, but a process that you engage in every day. Collaboration is vital to that process, but again, it’s not something that happens only in meetings....read more
We’re asked all the time, “How do you come up with new ideas?” The truth is, there’s no one answer. We’ve asked our associates for their thoughts, and we’ll be sharing them over time. In this installment, Engineering Project Manager Bill Rabbitt talks about the...read more