While grabbing some lunch yesterday, I came across this old espresso at the Nashoba Brook Bakery. It looked ancient and beautiful. The machine was commandeering a corner by the front door; a representation of what was then.

“They don’t make them like they used to,” an older gentleman said while approaching from behind me. This struck me as curious, so I asked, “What do you mean? Are you saying that this thing made better espresso than today’s machines?” “Yup. The machine in my restaurant works nothing like this one. The new ones don’t have enough power. Too bad these old ones are too big and bulky. Good luck trying to get this in the front door. You would need 3 guys to just pick it up.”

As the guy headed down the ramp towards the cash register, I became to wonder why I was so quick to judge this old machine. Though we have thousands of objects and devices that we use every day, are they really any better than their predecessors?

Change of Perspective

Redesign something you come in contact with every day. It could be your phone, a stop light, or your local grocery store. Ask yourself:
  • How can  it be different?
  • How can it be more efficient?
  • Can it have multiple purposes?
  • How will this redesign change the world?

By redesigning something that is a part of your daily routine, it forces you to look at old things in a new way and challenges you to look at the object and how it can affect your life much differently. Who knows, you may come up with the next big idea.

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