Time-traveling designer produces 1970s ads for MP3 player, laptop, mobile phone & gameboy


29 Responses to “Time-traveling designer produces 1970s ads for MP3 player, laptop, mobile phone & gameboy”

  1. noah django says:

    fucking want.

  2. michaelismichael says:

    Hell yes. I’ve never owned an ipod but that would be awesome.

  3. Sean says:

    whoa! beautiful.

  4. Keith Tyler says:

    I still think that someone should — no, scratch that, I’m surprised that someone hasn’t already — made that MP3 player.

  5. gwailo_joe says:

    These ads are spot on…I was born in ’75 but well do I remember these style ads from the back of comic-books and my parents magazines.

    The Pocket Hi-Fi is just money waiting to be made…

    The phone could use just a -slightly- bigger screen; but heck: make it text friendly and I’d buy one…

  6. niktemadur says:

    It’s got a bit of that ol’ OP/Lightning Bolt look to it, well done.
    Remember when… OP (Ocean Pacific) shirts were everywhere, the scarcer pants were objects of desire.
    Much like Lightning Bolt, the pants were easy to find, in this case the shirts were the objects of desire.

    A guy in town (this is in Mexico) got his greedy hands on a pair of OP pants and NEVER took them off, I swear.  To this day, the guy’s nickname is Cerope, translated into English that would be ZeroPee, as in OP.  Now if he could only have gotten his hands on a Lightning Bolt shirt, he would have shone brighter than a thousand suns!

    Oh man, yeah, this is what I’m talking about:

  7. Kimmo says:

    This is just pitch-perfect.

    Absolutely nails that take-your-sweet-kit-back-in-time-fantasy button.

    Okay, now someone introduce Da Vinci to a carbon racing bike.

  8. class_enemy says:

    Very sweet designs, but the concept is not exactly new.


    look at the “vintage ads” entries

  9. ChuckieJesus says:

    Ahhh, nothing like fake plastic sticker wood paneling and that burnt orange color. Seventieslicious!

  10. soundslike says:

    Wow, now I know where all the hopeless gadget fanboys are coming from, if everything looked like this I’d be one of them. 

  11. Jim Kelly says:

    Unfortunately, the MP3 player contains nothing but Bee Gees songs.

  12. jackbird says:

    The screenshot of 3D Space Invaders was my absolute favorite part.

  13. Culturedropout says:

    “Start interrupting movies” is a selling point…?  Meh.

  14. Navin_Johnson says:

    More importantly, why would you play “Pong” when you can play PUNG!

  15. 10xor01 says:

    Nice.  In the 70s everything had wood paneling!

    • Dlo Burns says:

      why is that? Was there a specific thing that set it off?

      • Kimmo says:

        I dunno, maybe the fact a lot of electronic gear came in wooden cabinets for a long time?

      • LikesTurtles says:

        My theory is that it came from console tv sets with their massive wood enclosures. When tv sets with plastic enclosures started showing up on the market, many of them used woodgrain stickers to reduce the aesthetic shock of the radical change in tv design that was going on. Other consumer devices took their cue from the faux wood plastic tvs and a trend was born.

        • Navin_Johnson says:

          The wood paneling craze of the 60s/70s.  They covered up nice old walls, and then when paneling fell out of style they just painted it all white!

          These gadgets even incorporate the full spectrum of other colors that were big at the time: various yellows, tans, oranges and browns…

  16. robdobbs says:

    This is where I am hoping 3D printers will eventually take us. If I want one of these, I should be able to just print it out. 

  17. jandrese says:

    For a second I thought those cellphones were real, albeit just regular cordless phones.  It was the display that tipped me off (and reading the summary), a 1970s phone wouldn’t have a bitmapped display, not even a low resolution one.  Chips were just too big and slow to manage that, especially running off of battery power. 

    Nor would it have caller ID I guess.

    If he had stuck with a 7 segment display just showing a phone number, I would have believed it.  :) 

  18. Souse says:

    Big Love for the Atari 2600 VCS wood panels!

    (I bought my first one at Service Merchandise for $136.00 moolahs,)  1979!

  19. pjcamp says:

    Why do I want a cigarette right now?

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