Did you like that look at Vintage Soviet Control Rooms from earlier this year?
If so you're going to love Control Panel, a Tumblr-esque blog "In praise of dials, toggles, buttons, and bulbs." Moderated by Stephen Coles and Norman Hathaway, the page draws its images from the Control Panel group on Flickr. Here's a bunch of samples to get you started:
Why do we love this stuff so much? I can't get enough. :-)
when i was a kid i would spend hours drawing component stereo systems. the vu meters, the knobs, toggles, buttons and dials. each system was unique. a stack of plain white paper, a pencil, and a ruler...
I did something similar but it was commercial airplane cockpits. Excuse me, "flight decks".
Mi first encounter with computers and analog control consoles was as a kid in 1973 when USS Farragut DDG-37 visited the naval base where my dad was assigned during an UNITAS excercise. It was just a quick glimpse through the CIC door. To me it was like seeing the Star Trek Enterprise bridge.
The EMS VCS3 is such a badass synth! Eno used his on many of his first Ambient albums.. The patchbay function on it is particularly brilliant: on an X and Y grid, you plug-in a small plug that looks like a battleship game piece and routes signals from the X to the Y-
There's a part of this-here designer that wouldn't mind just doing control panel artwork and production for keypanels like that the console in the first photos, forever and ever.
From the title, it seems that you're firmly on the "Skeumorphism: YES" side. As a skeumorphism skeptic, I'll stop now, after pointing out that simpler might be better in Design.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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