I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. – Henry Ford
I’ve always been enamored with the concept that there are almost no original ideas, that everything new is built upon a foundation created by others. For anyone who thinks along these lines, Kirby Ferguson’s amazing Everything is a Remix series is an amazing examination of just how true that it.
It’s not about what you pull out of thin air, and it never was. It is what you can make with the pieces sitting in front of you that truly drives innovation.
If you haven’t been following Everything is a Remix, start now.
Hat tip to Jason Kottke