Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back to the drawing board

The drawing board is the place where a designer/ architect draws up ideas and creates plans. When you go back to the drawing board it means that your plan was not successful and you have to change it drastically or start again.

1. Any inventor or developer needs to go back to the drawing board until they have a prototype they are satisfied with (or at least one that works!). As an inventor, Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." He simply went back to the drawing board time and again (again and again).

2. When negotiations between any two countries break down (fail) they have to go back to the drawing board and make new proposals.

3. The famous cartoonist, Charles Schultz, had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook. He kept going back to the drawing board and went on to syndicate the most famous and beloved comic strip of all time, “Peanuts”, (which includes Charlie Brown and Snoopy). Another famous and highly popular comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes”, created by Bill Watterson, was the result of the reworking of an idea, where originally Calvin was only a side character - the younger brother of the main character. Bill Watterson went back to the drawing board and centered the comic strip on Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes. The rest is history!

4. The whole world is too dependent on fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). Not only are they limited resources – they also contribute in great part to the pollution of our planet. For this exact reason we are going back to the drawing board and starting to utilize more of the alternative forms of renewable energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro as well as bio fuels.

1 comment :

  1. Have you ever had to cancel a plan and go back to the drawing board?