I was really interested to read about howies hand-me-down collection on Russell's blog while I was away. Not least because I'd suggested something quite similar to howies a while ago regarding the library card type bit which I thought would be a really nice touch. Not that I'm trying to take credit for inventing library card type ideas you understand.
The other bit I thought was interesting, and Russell's also touched on, is the story of products post and pre-life.
When I met Tom from Method one of the many interesting things he spoke about was the fact that Method design their products for their life after sitting on a supermarket shelf as desirable design objects for the home. Where as their competitors just design things that shout out 'buy me' on the shelf, then are hidden under the kitchen sink after that.
Every object has a life before the life you share with it when you buy it. The best example of this I can think of is the iPhone girl story that found fame on the internet last year.
Wouldn't it be great if everything you bought had some kind of hint or evidence of the life it had had before it had reached you or the hands it had passed through?