Genre-breaking, convention-busting, culture-making products

I’m giving a guest lecture for some first-year Industrial Design students in a few weeks. I’m looking for some expamples of great products that broke with convention or that established new contexts.

Jack Schulze said:

Some people (they are wrong) say design is about solving problems. Obviously designers do solve problems, but then so do dentists. Design is about cultural invention.

But it’s hard to think about products that actually do that. Which is why I need your help. What are some examples of products that

  • broke conventional expectations?
  • established new contexts?
  • or even shaped new behaviours?

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