Nottingham Spirk Blog

    Keeping Innovation Alive: The Road Ahead [Recap]

    In our third roundtable webinar, NS asked business leaders compelling questions about what innovation will look like in the future.

    Innovation in the New Normal Webinar Recap

    In our second roundtable webinar, NS led a discussion on the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic & what innovation in the "new normal" looks like.

    Innovation is an "Infinite Game"

    Smart companies understand that business competition is an "inifinite game" and the objective is to keep playing as long as possible.

    PARTNER, INNOVATE, COMMERCIALIZE, DISRUPT: NS at CES 2019

    Nottingham Spirk exhibited at CES for the first time in 2019, and we invited a few of our client-partners to show the world what we achieved together.

    3 Tips for Perpetual Disruption and Increasing Innovation Success

    Bill Nottingham shares his thoughts on how to achieve "perpetual disruption" by increasing creativity to innovate over and over again.

    Technology Empowers Innovation

    Nottingham Spirk was honored to be selected as a feature episode in a video series on innovative companies for Intel Corporation.

    Take Risks & Rock! — What Innovators & Musicians Have in Common

    At Nottingham Spirk we take a creative approach to business. And we can learn about innovation and collaboration from musicians.

    Boundary Crossing with The Marvel Method

    We find Vulture.com's profile of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and the so-called Marvel Method an intriguing glimpse into the process of innovation.

    Musings: Where Do Ideas Come From? Part 3

    Bill Rabbitt, Engineering Project Manager, answers the question, "Where do ideas come from?" This is the third in a series.

    Your Not-To-Do List: More phrases that stifle innovation

    Nottingham Spirk weighs in on seemingly innocent phrases we hear from partner-clients that dismiss new ideas and stifle their ability to innovate.

    Musings: Where Do Ideas Come From? Part 2

    Vikki Nowak, Nottingham Spirk's VP of Strategy, answers the question, "Where do ideas come from?" This article is the second in a series

    Lessons from Google's "Moonshot Factory"

    We use the Atlantic's recent article on Google X's secretive "moonshot factory" as an opportunity to comment on radical creativity.

    If I Knew Now What I'll Know Then: Data-First Innovation

    Data-First Innovation challenges companies to define the richest and most valuable data they would like to collect, then begin ideating.

    Leadership By Design: Views from the Montgomery Summit

    NS participated in the annual Montgomery Summit, and came away with some fresh insights about leadership for innovation and design.

    New Year: Resolve to Innovate More in 2017

    In the new year, companies can resolve to innovate, break old habits and be more productive. Here are our top suggestions to maximize innovation potential.

    Connected Mobility: CES 2017 was filled with moving experiences

    After attending CES 2017, our takeaway was the theme of "Connected Mobility" and the relationship between people and devices, and devices and other devices.

    Lessons Learned: Disruptive Product & Business Innovation Go Hand in Hand

    Learn how to overcome the obstacles in getting disruptive product innovation to market using business innovation.

    Top 5 Consumer Product Innovation Trends

    Nottingham Spirk looks at some recent trends in consumer product innovation and development that are likely to remain important in the foreseeable future.

    Disrupt yourself before someone else does

    Chief Executive Magazine reached out to Nottingham Spirk and client-partner Matco Tools for input about how to 'disrupt yourself' for growth.

    SXSW Interactive: The Front End of Innovation

    Nottingham Spirk visited SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX to find the front end of innovation that might debut at some future CES.

    Innovation is not a thing we do on Thursday

    John and Bill Nottingham talk about business innovation ideas, creativity and inspiration at Cleveland's venerable City Club.

    2016 Edison Awards: Three Client Collaborations Nominated

    Three products designed by product & business innovation firm Nottingham Spirk are in the running for the 2016 Edison Awards, which recognizes innovation.

    MTD Named A 2015 Lowes Innovation Partner of the Year

    Lowe's named MTD Products as a 2015 Innovation and Vendor Partner of the Year for the Troy-Bilt FLEX yard care system, developed with Nottingham Spirk.

    Smart Business: Innovation Factory

    Business innovation needs to be constant and relentless, which is why Nottingham Spirk has created a complete innovation factory. Read more.

    Biomimicry is "Natural" Innovation

    Biomimicry isn’t itself a product but a process, drawing on natural organisms and processes in order to spark innovation. It’s an emerging field.

    The Relentless Pursuit of Information and "Insights"

    User Insights, the relentless pursuit of information, even when you think you have all the answers, guides everything we do.

    Innovation and Education: We need more "STEAM"

    Larry Quinlan, Deloitte’s CIO officer, argues in favor of “STEAM,” in which the A stands for the arts. “It’s not enough to be technologically brilliant,”

    Engineer Opportunities: Elsie's New Car

    Four students upgraded a little girl’s beloved motorized mini-car. Flynn McPherson explains how the students were able to engineer opportunities.

    2015 CES: Emerging Innovation

    At the 2015 CES Show, we were impressed with showcases from universities like CWRU, with 9 student startups, along with other smaller companies

    Taming the Unruly Reciprocating Saw

    Nottingham Spirk tames the unruly reciprocating saw - faster, oil impregnated double blades dramatically reduce kickback and create smooth entry cuts.

    Vertical Innovation™

    Vertical Innovation is the alignment of resources and culture - possible because we’ve brought all of this under one roof in our Innovation Center.

    Zurn Aquasense : Sometimes The Best Technology Is Hidden

    Elevating brands above the competition through the vertical innovation process of research and delivery.

    Create a Culture of Innovation

    Nottingham & Spirk provide practical advice on how companies can foster a culture of innovation that engages employees and delivers compelling results.

    A New Years Greeting from Nottingham Spirk

    As we approach the New Year we are thankful for the many stakeholders who have made this a successful year for Nottingham Spirk

    Creating Ways To Make An Impact: 70-20-10 Rule

    Get more detail on how your business can follow the 70-20-10 rule.

    Keep Big Ideas From Eating Your Core Business

    John and Bill Nottingham of Nottingham Spirk discuss what companies need to do to create the next big ideas in this Tech Talk Podcast.

    Key to Success: Innovation

    Investing in innovation was key to success in order to keep their manufacturing operating at capacity.

    25 Most Innovative: Urgent Rx

    Urgent Rx is known for their fast-acting, over-the-counter, single-use, powder packs that treat common ailments such as headaches, allergies, and more.

    Innovation Awards for Scotts Snap System

    The spreader system was applauded for bearing standout graphics, encompassing colors, brand identity and clear communication of product intent.

    Lawn Care Innovation With Scotts

    Scotts Miracle-Gro sums up what a desirable innovation is: “When we make something easier and less time-consuming, we think we have a good innovation.”