Designer Kelli Anderson has taken her clients' of love of music and put it center stage with the wedding invitation of her friends Karen and Mike by making it a working record player. At the back of the (very handsome looking) invitation is a laminated page with a plastic flexidisc attached with a screw post. To play the record, the recipient folds the facing page twice, and places the attached needle in the groove of the record. Then, spin the record by hand, and listen to the surprisingly catchy song the happy couple recorded for the invite. Those with less of a DIY mentality, or simply weren't invited, can download an MP3 of the song here. Invitees can also unscrew the flexidisc and listen to it on their home turntable. Anderson describes the process of creating the invite on her blog, and the trials and tribulations involved. Cleverly, she designed the clear disk with the couple's face printed on it, and overlays different stages of their married life as the disk turns. It shows them at their wedding, partying, playing music, and growing old together. Visually clever, and sweet to boot. It's a simple concept, playing off the very first record players that used those comically large horns for amplification, but the sheer surprise of it makes it so much fun. And if you're the type to drool over a wedding invitation with a built-in record player, don't forget to support your local record store tomorrow for Record Store Day. (Kelli Anderson via Geek.com)
Who says that record players need to be big and boxy affairs? Surely not designer R.D. Silva, whose minimalist Turnstyle record player strips down to the essential components while preserving functionality.
it’s made up of the motor, the needle, the speakers, and the controls. What more do you need? ... The requirements for function set upon this project were the following: spin record, on/off, volume, speaker, and needle. As far as design requirements: no corners, no hard edges, no 90 degree angles.It's possible Silva's design is a little too minimalist -- one Yanko commenter points out that "there's a reason why the base for the record is so heavy - intertia. without locking the record to the motor, when you put the needle down the record will stop and slide" -- but the general idea of moving tech away from legacy designs and stripping it down to its barebones components is a very appealing one, and creatively executed here. (Yanko Design via Neatorama)