Last June, we had a series of posts brainstorming possible visuals for metaphors, including: growth, balance, and leadership. In this post, I’ve put together a list of possible images for another theme that I’ve seen in dozens of presentations: innovation.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of innovation is:
1. The introduction of something new
2. A new idea, method, or device
In business circles, it also tends to mean a new way of looking at things or a way of predicting what people will want/need in the future. So, with these definitions in mind, here is a possible list of visuals for innovation that have not been done to death:
- Prism, for prismatic thinking (a huge favorite of Thomas Edison)
- A turned hat (to indicate looking in a new direction)
- Glasses with interesting lenses
- Children’s art supplies (from an age when everything was new)
- A present (something new)
- Different kind of light bulb, LED or something more creative looking like with solar powered elements (Incandescent has been done to death)
- Crystal ball, tarot cards, runes (tools of a psychic)
- Someone in a crowd who’s wearing something different/more fashionable so they stand out
- Young person in a crowd full of older people
- Someone sitting in an old environment, like a 1800s Wild West town, but is decked out in the latest clothing and with the latest technology
- Showing the evolution of something, other than a person. Could be a technology, unique plant, etc.
- Showing the progression of a way of thinking from a socio-political perspective: women’s in the workplace, gay marriage, minority rights, mixed race groups, etc.
- Having someone/or a physical representation of an idea being introduced to a group (could be a robot, etc)
- Demonstration of pieces of something that normally would fit together, fitting together in a new way (puzzle pieces being flipped so the flat sides are against each other instead, square peg fitting in well into a round hole in a way that’s beautiful, etc)
Do you have any other ideas you’d like to share?