Ironically, open-plan offices were innovated by German designers in the 1950s as an attempt to break down barriers and help bring people together. Unfortunately, sociopathic business leaders quickly realized that this well-intentioned office plan could be used for packing as many workers into a space as possible, therefore bringing down costs. As the 20th century progressed, open-plan offices became the standard in workplace design, and while costs were saved initially, far more problems were created in the long-term. Today, open-plan offices are the source of mental anguish, paranoia and poor health for millions of employees around the world.
Creative people are often stereotyped as being overly sensitive, obstinate, emotionally volatile, unconventional and outrageously self-assured. When asked to picture a creative person, you may immediately conjure images of an eccentric French oil painter wearing a beret and striped t-shirt, but in reality, those with strong creative inclinations are present in every segment of society.
When's the last time you were truly shocked or riveted by an innovation? Once in a while a concept will come along that truly awes the public, but for the most part, creative recycling has saturated the world of today. Ironically, as technology helps the human race to connect, unique ideas are becoming scarce - what is presently considered "unique" by most individuals is often a concept that already exists but has been modified or upgraded in some way. Nowadays, it's very easy to capitalize upon someone else's idea structure - simply replicate the foundations of the concept and implement your own "flare" or "twist". Now you have manifested a fully marketable monster; an entirely new brand or product (or so you'll have the public thinking).