Electronics: Thinking Outside the Black Plastic Box

by geishaboy500 on flickr.com

Ok, I must kvetch for a moment….  Why is it that electronics are mostly design carbon copies?  Why must they mostly be black and dark?  (Other than that is what sells.)

If you’ve been to my site, you may be vaguely aware that I am a bit of a vintage type girl.  The truth is, I love the lines of vintage things, the weight, the feel.  Trouble is, I am also a gadget girl.  Uh, yeah, not seeming to go together, right?  Why couldn’t they?   Why do most electronics have to be black plastic?  Why couldn’t a TV look as great as it works?  Why couldn’t a keyboard have vintage typewriter-inspired keys?   Why?  I don’t know either.  I’m just putting it out there in the universe.

True, some are better looking than others, and the recent trend of optional color cases is a great start!  But hey, let’s start a design revolution!

What would be your dream look for your laptop or other consumer electronic?

Have you seen a electronic design idea that caught your eye?  Leave a link!

(photo by geishaboy500 on flickr.com)

5 thoughts on “Electronics: Thinking Outside the Black Plastic Box”

  1. I want a 1940s era black bakelite telephone with a proper bell ring, but modern guts so it will work on modern phone systems. I want a HOT PINK computer, curvey shaped CPU box with a rounded edged monitor. And while we’re at it, why can’t notebook computers and pocket pcs (hey, even cell phones) be round and look like makeup compacts?

  2. Well, it looks like Dell have been picking my brains, LOL. Take a look at the Dell Inspiron 545s Slim Desktop with its juicy glossy colours and the lovely curve edged casing. Front panel ports too. Unfortunately the monitors don’t match and they’re no closer to a 1943 Remington Keyboard ;p

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