So much of what we do has migrated to the digital experience that it’s easy to forget the artistry behind things. The iPhone, for instance, is a beautiful device. But it replaced many things in its prevalence – the wristwatch, the pen and pad, the GPS, maps, even the desktop computer.
Yes, there are pockets of usage. And I do see them growing in popularity – look at companies like Moleskine or Citizen. Everyday items, simplistic and elegant, and still in use.
Look at the items we consume, and those that we keep. What is it about them that makes them so useful, and special, to us?
Seeing those common threads give you an inkling as to what you might treasure in other things as well.