Archive for September, 2013

Running outside the box!

September 29, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool videos

I’m sharing what some will tell you is one of the best motivational speeches ever.

Croix Sather is a remarkable innovator who thinks outside the box and inspires many.  He recently appeared on TedTalks, telling the story of his run across America, and how he was able to push through the pain and challenges of running a marathon and a keynote speech each day for 100 consecutive days!  Check out the video and be inspired:

Cheryl Perkins at CGT – Interview!

September 27, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool videos

Check out the interview I did at the CGT Growth an Innovation Forum!

It was a fantastic turnout, and I enjoyed collaborating with some of the most innovative thought leaders in the world. The content at this year’s CG Growth & Innovation Forum was more conceptualized than in previous years, structured specifically around Incremental Innovation and Disruptive Innovation. I’ll write more about it soon.

Seven key developments in Packaging

September 17, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Packaging Trends

Packaging technologies have come a long way in the past  decade. As I’ve seen with many of my clients, some of this has happened by design, and some has happened by necessity.  Recently I was thumbing through Packaging Digest (this publication has just celebrated 50 years, by the way!), and came across a great article titled “7 Key Developments” that I’d like to point you to.

It’s a nice encapsulation of where the packaging industry is headed.  Some of the developments you’ll see are environmental, safety, RFID, convenience and smarter packaging design.  Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite:

Convenience: A recurring theme
Everyone wants life easy. And that includes meals: Easy to prepare. Easy to cook, clean up and store. Easy to take-along on busy days. Easy to open for arthritic hands. Fortunately, CPGs have been quick to respond to these needs, devising a plethora of clever options to, well, make life a little easier.
Perusing the past 10 years of Packaging Digest uncovered a smorgasbord of hundreds of time-saving yet tasty examples. These are but a (free!) sampling:

In January 2012, U.S. Sugar Corp. introduced the ZipBox for its granulated sugar, replacing the time-honored paper sacks and paperboard cartons. The new carton incorporates an integral plastic head with attached zipper, making both opening and reclosing easier.

In 2008, Birds-Eye developed and marketed Steamfresh vegetables that can be quickly cooked in its self-venting microwavable bag-no pans to wash.

In a first for ready-to-serve breakfast cereals, also in 2008, Target’s Archer Farms brand moved several of its most popular cereals to reclosable, easy-pour paperboard canisters with a snap-fit closure to keep the crunch.

Even foodservice earned its share of time-saving, materials-reducing convenience. Two years ago, McDonald’s adopted the Convertible Clamshell. When open and lying flat, the clear clamshell serves as a food preparation tray for sandwich wraps; when closed, it is a package for sale of the finished sandwich. When opened by the consumer to eat, the flat package also serves as a plate.

Convertible Clamshell designer HAVI Global Solutions won the 2011 AmeriStar Best of Show award from competition organizer Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

Read the entire article here

Is cursive writing becoming a thing of the past?

September 16, 2013 Cheryl Perkins 1 Comment » Innovation In The News

The English alphabet, both upper and lower cas...

I can’t tell you how many loops and swirls I practiced as a youngster, but I do still use cursive handwriting even in this digital age. I have to admit though, I use penmanship less and less. But for many kids, cursive is something that they may no longer be taught. You see, handwriting is not part of the Common Core State Standards. If you haven’t heard of Common Core, it is the recently established academic guidelines now adopted by 45 of the 50 states.

Already, many public schools have completely stopped teaching cursive and are using the time to build technology skills. I’m not sure how I feel about that. There is just something about cursive writing that gives communication a personal, human touch. Research shows something else that is very interesting: At the Indiana University, researchers found that writing by hand activates areas of the brain that don’t get tapped during typing. Another study, conducted by the University of Washington, revealed that when elementary-school students composed essays on paper rather than on-screen, they wrote more and faster.

What are your thoughts? Do we see the handwriting on the wall for cursive instruction?

Still time to join us at CGT’s Growth and Innovation Forum!

September 14, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Events

I’m getting ready to head to Miami next week for the Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Growth and Innovation Forum, where I’ll be speaking and enjoying some of the most innovative thought leaders in the world. The content at this year’s CG Growth & Innovation Forum is more conceptualized than in previous years, structured specifically around Incremental Innovation and Disruptive Innovation.    There is still some room if you would like to register and join me! Just follow the links and find out what you don’t want to miss.



Most innovative devices this year?

September 10, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

We’ve made it more than halfway through 2013,and many magazines and websites are already touting the most innovative gadgets so far this year.

Here is a “Top 5” list you may want to check out. It includes an electronic skateboard, a portable iPhone charger that fits you your wallet, and my favorite, a “Nest learning Thermostat” which made the top of the list. It is a programmable device you can control from your tablet or smartphone via WiFi, and you can program your entire house for temperature-controlled comfort. It tracks energy history too.



Drawing innovation to Hong Kong

September 8, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Innovation

This Innovation tower being built in Hong Kong is remarkable. The building is almost finished, and will add extra space to the design school at Polytechnic University. The project is intended to help turn Hong Kong into a leading design hub in Asia, and I believe it will accomplish its goal.

Design42Day, a site that showcases innovation, describes it this way:

Captured2dThis nearly-completed building by Zaha Hadid is truly a stunning piece of architecture. The new building on the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus looks as if it is leaning forward, which gives it such a prominent sense of motion. There is such a distinct flow to the shape of the building, which resembles a ship, in a way – like it was built to float on and cut through the surface of an ocean. The stacked layers of glass windows and awnings that jut out at seemingly sporadic intervals offer a playful quality to the structure, and add to the motion that the frame already possesses.

Check out even more photographs here.

Innovative idea for campers

September 4, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

We still have a few months to go before putting our RVs in storage for the winter, right?  I always enjoy hearing from friends and family about tips for “roughing it” in the woods. (Me, I prefer a condo getaway!)  That’s why when I came across this innovative design, I wanted to share it.


It’s a Colim Caravan with two detachable parts, making it both a mobile home and a car. But it’s not just a camper. The German designer Christian Susana created the living space to be an intelligent mobile home. It has a flexible living space with individually applicable multi-functional modules. This design is a couple of years old, but I’m sharing it because it is just one example of the unique mobile car/home combinations that you might just see at a campsite, in the mountains and even in the water. Check out these additional designs: