Monday, April 18, 2011

Kelli Anderson - paper record player

Listen up folks! You will definitely want to hear the news of Mike and Karen's wedding, as they just so happen to have an amazing invitation, designed by the super-talented Kelli Anderson.

So what makes it so special? Not only did Kelli do an incredible job designing the graphics for this thing, but she went one step way beyond the call of design duty to create not only a wedding invitation, but an actual working record player, complete with original song written by the bride- and groom-to-be. That's right, it's a paper record player! Here's what Kelli says about the details of this awesome project:
The resulting booklet is comprised of a cover, two inner pages, a letterpressed band (with instructions and a tear-off RSVP postcard), and a flexdisc on a screwpost. The recipient bends the second page of the booklet back to create a tented “arm.” With the needle placed, they then carefully spin the flexidisc at 45 RPM (ish) to hear the song. The sewing needle travels the length of the song and produces the sound. Its vibrations are amplified by the thin, snappy paper to which it is adhered. To keep the needle down on the record, we reinforced the back of the “tent” with a spray-mounted half page of heavier cardstock. To reduce friction between the acetate flexidisc and the backing cover, we had the inside of the booklet laminated to be slick and conducive to hand-spinning.
Still not convinced of this invites amazingness? Check out the video to see it in action:

Paper Record Player from kellianderson on Vimeo.

(Photographs courtesy of Kelli Anderson. Via studio sweet studio)

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