I recently was in the school supply section of a college bookstore.  While it was no surprise that I was roaming the aisles of some of my favorite products, I do so in part because I find something new there every time I go.

Today’s find was a set of legal pads — with the orientation turned landscape instead of portrait.  Now why haven’t they thought of this before?  It is advertised as allowing you to “work in computer screen dimensions”, something that could be very handy for those trying to replicate items on the screen.

There are likely many applications for a pad that is wide instead of long.  Math formulas, a list of quotes, names and addresses, specific website addresses or reference citations come to mind.  The format may be preferable for commuters who are trying to write on their laps while en route or someone who wants a pad that orients the same way as their tablet or laptop.  

Just looking at a wide pad forces you to think outside the box and change your perspective.  Anything that can achieve that is a good thing!

How can you change the orientation of an everyday product that you use today?  

— beth triplett

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