BestReviews, a company incubated out of the Harvard Innovation Lab, has encapsulated this history of technology, as it relates to the office, in this time lapse video, The Evolution Of The Desk, “demonstrating the steep shift from cork boards and fax machines to Pinterest and PDFs.”

The talented team explained, “We wondered what it would be like to recreate the desktop from the 1980?s and then emulate its transformation through the computer age.” They added, “We wanted to illustrate how technology has changed our world, un-cluttering our desks and simplifying our lives. 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.”

As for the vintage items used in the scene, Design Boom reported that they are the real deal, sourced by iLab’s team of expert reviewers. “The macintosh classic, corded phone, fax machine, globe, corkboard, polaroid camera, and rolodex were all purchased through individual sellers on ebay, while the rest of the items were found abandoned an unused in basements and at garage sales.”

REALLY cool!

Video Credits:

Produced by BestReviews
Producer, Momchil Filev
Photography by
Engineering by Anton Georgiev