Good design doesn’t draw attention to itself. On any given day we’re surrounded by evidence of this, and most likely it’s within touching distance. Pick up a routine object which has been designed for a specific purpose, such as a paperclip, a tea bag, a zip -- it does its job so well that we’ve never once considered how the design could be changed or improved upon.
A new exhibition opening at London's Science Museum today examines the inspiration behind these objects, together with the original patents, sketches and prototypes involved in their creation. Here’s a small selection of our favourites.
Hidden Heroes - The Genius of Everyday Things will be running at the Science Museum from 9th November 2011 until 5th June 2012.