The process of putting on a record is like a ritual.
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The entire experience of vinyl creates its appeal.
Vinyl records appeal to the sense of sight, sound, and touch, while digital/streaming-only appeal to one sense. You can feel a record, hold in in your hands. It must be handled carefully as the record is easily scratched or can warp in the sun. Vinyl has a richness, depth, and warmth that digital media lacks.
The record experience holds some possible lessons for user-interface designers.
Record albums are analog, the closest thing we have to the soundwaves. These waves are drawn out of a flattened, spinning disk of vinyl by a diamond. The diamond is physically taking a ride on the record. The bumps in the grooves push the diamond up and down.
Ask a record-collecting audiophile why vinyl is back, and you may hear a reply about sound quality. But it is much deeper than that. The form of the medium becomes part of the message it would convey and influences how the message is viewed.
Music is important to people individually and on a societal level. Music is greatly influential to the state of technology. The devices we use to listen to music shape the technological landscape.
But when did earbuds become synonymous with a portable music player, and where did it all start?
Returning boomerangs are the banana-shaped devices that come back to you when you throw them.
The returning boomerangs are made from lightweight pieces of wood, plastic or similar material and generally measure 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60cm) across. When thrown correctly, a returning boomerang flies in a circular path and returns to its starting point.
Digital minimalism is a "philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimised activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else." - Cal Newport
Use technology to "support" your personal goals, rather than letting it "use" you.
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