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 a 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?
Quite possibly; it's often the most responsible thing to do.