Escape chutes + melting make-up
Totally agree with the quote from Robin Williams. Especially looking at the evolution of the design practice, I feel that we've been getting further and further away from creativity, and closer and closer to engineering. I'm sure there's still a lot of creativity, but it feels that way, especially with the growing complexity of the design deliverables.
I remember seeing the escape shute before. Crazy as it might seem now, lots of people said that about early patents and design for aircraft at the beginning of that era. In fact about most things we take for granted today. I remember Philips dropping their video phone because the concept of people looking at each other on a phone call was fatally flawed. Experts said women would never answer a phone unless they had make-up on.