March 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it until people understand: good design is invisible until you need it.
Like Rams’ butler metaphor, when not in use it should melt into the background, and, in this case, into a smooth, clean plastic rounded cube.
As Sony says, it was designed in 1970 and it’s featureless until you slide it to expose the speakers and the tuning controls. When you’re done, slide it closed and those unnecessary bits simply disappear.
Moral of the story: when it doesn’t interfere with function, hide as much as you can. (and I don’t mean those ridiculous flaps some electronics have, where each button is hidden under it’s own little lid. That’s horribly in the way of function. Like the above, good design is elegantly simple.)
Photos via the blog formerly known as Kitsune Noir