RECYCLING FORMAL ELEMENTS...
This project was an exploration into the possibility of incorporating formal elements from vintage technologies into modern technologies. I focused on utilizing the satisfying tactile elements of a camera to create a multisensory experience when listening to music.
Form ideation was inspired by the satisfying texture, weight, and motion of turning a camera lens. It adds a sensory element to the act of taking a photograph, other than sight. It is so much more exciting to take a photo with a real camera, than a phone. Why? The photo may come out the same, but there is more emotion in it. The more senses you add, the more enhanced it feels. I thought that the lens form could do that same thing for music as it did for photography. I wanted to enhance the overall experience of music by having the user engage their sense of touch.
Form development consisted of sketch ideation, CAD modeling, and printing models to observe user interaction. This process led to a three tiered speaker with each tier serving a different purpose and thus having a its own individual form. The textural spacing on each dial is different to allow the user to achieve their intent through touch. Dials are also positioned top to bottom to reflect frequency of use. Closest to the top (and easiest to access) being volume, then song choice, then power.
The model shown here was built in SolidWorks and rendered in Keyshot. The exploded view is shown to account for the internal components of the speaker. The external material choices aim to mirror the vintage design of Yashica's cameras with aluminum and matte black plastic.