More Steampunk nonsense, this time from London designer Arthur Schmitt. This concept phone is one you program (i.e., place calls) with punch cards. (A 41, I am old enough to have used the last of these.)
I do like Steampunk’s return-to-tactility ethos, and Unplggd’s suggested term for forward-and-backward oriented design: retro-vation.
We love the creativity and innovation (retro-vation?) that comes from Steampunk modifications to modern technology. Some great ideas come from taking a completely new gadget and making it something that looks like, and in this case sort of works like, something from the 19th century. This steampunk cell phone concept has no display. No 3G. No data plan. No games. It doesn’t even have a dial pad. You make your calls with binary-coded punch cards, steampunk.
From my Boston Globe column today.. (link, excerpt, below) — mb
Shapeways offers cheap 3D printing – The Boston Globe
If you’ve ever thought you could design a better Troll or toaster (move over, Michael Graves), here’s your chance to prove it.
Shapeways.com is a new, low-cost 3D printing service that will turn your idea into a polycarbonate or acrylic objet in 10 business days.
I am unfamiliar with the symbology of the Shield of the Royal Arms, but that’s what folks in the UK will see, this time in pieces, on their new pocket change. The Royal Mint explains the exoteric meaning of the Royal Arms here, at least. — mb
(The Royal Mint this summer will release new coins, which, cobbled together, complete a jigsaw image of the shield of the Royal Arms on their reverse side. Image: Core77)
Core77 / design magazine + resource / post
The winning designer is 26-year-old Matthew Dent, originally from Bangor who now lives and works in London as a graphic designer.
His idea divides one image over the six coins of the penny to the penny to the fifty pence. Each coin features part of the design and by arranging each coin in a certain way completes the design, much like a jigsaw.