To promote the release of the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is partnering with various websites, including MAKE, to give away a Windows Phone 7 to each site’s readership. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment on the theme of “Do more with less,” in the Comments section below. You can post more than one comment, but only one per day, and they must be new ideas, not the same post. The deadline for all comment entries is Monday, November 29, 2010, 11:59 p.m. ET. The winner will be chosen at random. See the full rules after the jump.
When I think of doing more with less, I always think of Buckminster Fuller and his concept of “dymaxion.” Opinions vary on the inspiration for this term, but it is likely a portmanteau of the words dynamic, maximum, and tension. It basically started out as a Fullerian brand name (Dymaxion Car, Dymaxion House), but Fuller went on to define it as “maximum output for minimum investment of materials, energy, and time,” or basically, the greatest output from the least input. This and other Bucky whole system design ideas were life-changing to me when I first encountered them as a teenager, in the pages of the Whole Earth Catalog. I have never forgotten them and they’ve informed my own ideas about design and my understanding of how systems work. If you’re looking for inspiration for your “Do more with less” comments, think about this concept of “dymaxion” and examples from your own life, and your making of things, of maximized design; the greatest result from the smallest investments in time, energy, and materials.
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