There is a legitimate comeback in vinyl records, and I remember when I caught on and had to buy my own record player. If I had my senses of what good design was, I’d rethink my purchase and go for the Ikura Turntable instead. Continue reading
There are certain things we should keep from classic design, but we should always remember that modern works, too. Aether Cone, a stunning example of old and new together, is a wireless-enabled speaker that can play music and podcasts via an iOS7 device. Continue reading
The Pulpop MP3 Speaker by Balance Wu Design reminds me of those ubiquitous white lifesaver candies. It only reminds me in form, not quantity, because the Pulpop Speaker seems like a very rare item, and those lifesavers are everywhere.
One might also see a donut in the design of the Pulpop Speaker. Whatever shape you think about, this speaker is a very interesting item. Manufactured from recycled paper pulp, the Pulpop Speaker is not actively amplified by electronics. With a hollow core, the speaker is the nothing but empty space within the donut. Continue reading
There is a real danger to riding your bike with earbuds shoved in and volume turned up. Either along mountain trails or speeding along a road, blocking ambient noise with music is a risk to your situational awareness. It’s safe to hear what’s going on around you. But it’s also fun to have a soundtrack, too. The RichardSolo Freewheelin’ Audio System is perfect for the cyclist or skater who needs some tunes but wants to stay focused on potential hazards. Continue reading
The Voyager Program, decades old now, was an initiative that launched two probes into outerspace. On board both Voyager 1 and 2 was a golden record that will broadcast the sounds of Earth, from Bach to whale songs. I assume the Voyager speaker from JBL had some inspiration from the iconic spacecraft, and it was a good source of influence. Continue reading
Interior design has a lot to do with pairing and contrasting color and form. Sometimes, we can’t always get our couch to fit with the color of our walls, or our speakers with our entertainment center. When the prospect of arranging a room according to a certain theme makes you want to scream out, sometimes the antidote is looking to those things that look like they weren’t designed at all.
Clio, a speaker from Clearview Audio, is literally designed to disappear. Continue reading
The Pulse Wireless Sound System from JBL looks like it was designed 500 years in the future. At only some seven inches tall, the cylindrical speaker with a black body looks like a very benign piece of consumer electronics. But it is actually the future version of that very groovy invention, the lava lamp. Continue reading
The phonograph, or gramophone, was introduced in 1877 as an early device to record and playback sound. It’s a memorable piece of technology, well known for the huge horn that amplified the sound. These days, Gramophones might not be useful to anyone but the most intense collectors. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it’s iconic shape, still. Continue reading