Should you "reinvent the wheel"?
The most reinvented concept on the planet
It's hard to imagine a more reproduced concept than the wheel.
A few examples:
In each case, it is obvious that "reinventing the wheel" was the right design decision; "reinventing the wheel" is a necessary part of good and purposeful design.
- Ford F150 wheels
- wagon wheels
- skateboard wheels
- chair wheels
- bicycle wheels
- luggage wheels
Different problems ...
... are not the same. If they were the same, they wouldn't be different.
Think for yourself
Fear of "reinventing the wheel" is the first step toward bad design. It leads to:
- choosing a solution before you understand what the problem is
- trusting others to solve your problems for you
- assuming that your problem is the same as others'
Should I really?
Yes; it's typically the most responsible thing to do.