Like coffee mugs or or door knobs, staplers are one of the most ubiquitous design objects and frequently tackled by people trying to make small improvements.
Already, there are industrial-strength versions and all kinds of other variants, so it should be surprising, in retrospect, that no one came up with this particular idea sooner.
42 Design presents the 90-degree stapler, making it easier to align the stapler with corners, but also preserving those same corners that are often dog-eared from use over time.
The catch? If there is one, it may be this: a more clunky delivery device and a stapler shape that is a bit more awkward. That said, with a bit more design work, these could be turned to the designers’ advantage through further ergonomic thinking.