Blair Buttke, a freelance graphic designer at Philosophy, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ, has graced us with a series of microphone renderings worthy of a double-take. Each design has its own name, personality and role when it comes to audio functionality. The monikers make the microphones' ideal uses pretty obvious and doesn't include any complex serial numbers and letters. The result: another series in the slew of electronics we can connect with past the work desk.
"Cape Canaveral" (left) and "Washington Bureau" (right)"Cape Canaveral" (left) and "Washington Bureau" (right) "Morning Drive Time""Morning Drive Time"
Even more impressive than the range of the compositions is the quality and clarity of the graphics. Buttke demonstrates enviable ability to convincingly render metallic surfaces that elude many a digital artist.
"Breaking News" (left) and "Space Race" (right)
From retro interstellar-gone-vintage designs to radio talk show fixtures, the drawings embody the different situations that call for a mic with a keen attention to detail—logos, textured elements and woven mesh only further the sense of actuality the line exemplifies. My personal favorite: "Space Race," a rocketship themed tabletop mic that would look perfectly at home in an old-school NASA telecast.
"Circuit Speaker" "Sound Check"
Check out more work from Buttke on Coroflot.