Can invention and design be separated from production?

Louis Uchitelle asks that excellent question in the NY Times. My reaction is no: in a world of artful making, inventing without making would be difficult.

“Most innovation does not come from some disembodied laboratory,” said Stephen S. Cohen, co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. “In order to innovate in what you make, you have to be pretty good at making it — and we are losing that ability.”


  1. Invention and production are intertwined … as proven with glass packaging design. Each year, the Glass Packaging Institute honors the best in innovative glass packaging designs in North America. Submitters can enter their innovative glass packaging designs and be crowned as the best in North America. For more information on how to enter “inventions that were transformed into productions,” please visit and if you’re interested and fill out an E-Call for Entries form.

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