Once upon a time, desks were considered curated workplaces filled with large computer monitors, calendars, printers and -- cue the nostalgia -- office supplies like tape dispensers and scissors. These days, however, they appear to have become nothing more than a surface to support your Apple products and your Ray Ban aviator sunglasses.
At least that's how the Harvard Innovation Lab has visualized the evolution of the desk. Bringing new meaning to the socially common phrase "there's an app for that," the team worked with the producers at BestReviews to show how tangible items have been replaced over time by new forms of technology.
"We wondered what it would be like to recreate the desktop from the 1980's and then emulate its transformation through the computer age," the team said to Design Boom. "While gradual change from year to year is often hard to perceive, a longer snapshot gives us a much more dramatic view of the technological progression we have experienced."
Check out the video above to appreciate how much tidier things have gotten over the last 35 years.