How something as mundane as a roll of tape became groundbreakingly useful

Oscar Lhermitte’s TAPE wasn’t designed to be a material that sticks together box-flaps, or wrapping paper. It was designed to be a template, a canvas for information one keeps needing to refer to while working. Lhermitte’s stroke of creativity combined the roll of tape with the humble Post-It, creating perhaps one of the most useful tapes ever, apart from the magnetic tape and duct tape.

The TAPE treats the entire roll of sticky film as a canvas for useful information. Made from vinyl, the TAPE comes with loads of useful diagrams, like paper sizes, Hex-bolt sizes, font sizes, drill-bit diameters, and even a working scale and protractor. You wouldn’t normally want to ‘waste’ this tape by using it to stick cardboard boxes together, but Lhermitte designed the tape’s adhesive to be strong enough for packaging. In my opinion, the tape’s better suited for sticking on your workbench, on the front of your notepad, or even your laptop.

TAPE was created by Lhermitte as a part of his Quickstarter challenge, which involved putting together a brief and designing and developing a product in a mere 3 months in order to help boost creativity. So far, the TAPE’s set the bar pretty high!

Designer: Oscar Lhermitte