Spotted in a local electronics shop: LMB “Glamor Cabinets” — hack your ‘tronix and look good doing it.
I have no idea how old these things are, but I’m willing to bet they date to a time when “glamor” meant feathered hair and big sunglasses in a non-ironic way. While I don’t think that these particular cabinets are all that “glamorous”, I love the idea of marketing an enclosure as stylish and chic. It’s easy think of enclosures in mundane, final-step pragmatic terms, instead of objets d’art which work with the piece to create a user experience.
Even though all of us (in the post iPod world) understand instinctively that form and function can work well together, sometimes we forget that in our haste to get our projects out there. If you’re guilty of this (I know I am), it might be fun to try an experiment on your next project: force yourself to design from the outside and the inside simultaneously. You might find you enjoy it! 🙂