Product design paradigm shifts
April 11, 2010 8:47 PM Subscribe
Sometimes a new product comes about that has such a unique and superior design, that it completes changes the way we think about that given product.
I am looking for examples of new products that have brought about a significant change in the paradigm of what we though the product could be, and would later become the new standard of how that product would be designed. I'd prefer some examples that only occurred in the past 100 years or so.
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To give you an idea about what I'm looking for, one example I came up with is the Aeron Chair. It was designed from scratch to be as comfortable as possible, ignoring all of the pre-conceived notions of how an office chair should look like. The design has now become ubiquitous and often copied.
Another example would be the controller for the original Nintendo. Before the NES, all home game consoles used joysticks. The NES gamepad redefined what video game controllers would become.