One element that can transform a space (without taking up very much space) is music. I remember when I was little I went over a friends house and there was music playing outside. I wanted to change the song; however, I couldn’t fine the radio anywhere. It turns out that the sound was actually coming out of a speaker disguised as a rock. Even at my young age I realized that I was looking at a really creative design. Shown below is an image of this type of speaker.
The design works because typically large speakers can be an eyesore, especially in a natural environment like a backyard. The rock-like speaker does, however, come with a few costs. For one, the user doesn’t know where to go to change the song or turn on the speakers. The switches could be inside or outside the house on a panel, or the speaker could use a remote. Furthermore, people might not know that the rock is actually a speaker and thus not be careful around it.
A better design solution would be to have a small, but powerful speaker that is visually attractive. A good example of this is the Tivoli Model One Radio, which includes natural wood elements while still clearly being a speaker. Farm, a company that worked with Tivoli states “behind the Model One’s simple appearance, is a multitude of technology facilitating higher sound reproduction and better reception over anything else near it in size or cost” (2017). Because of its clearly labeled knobs, the Model One creates a good user experience. People who purchase this radio can benefit from music without the stress of figuring out a rock-shaped speaker system.
Farm Design Inc. (2017). Tivoli Model One Radio. Product Development Projects. Retrieved from http://www.farmpd.com/product-development-projectst/henry-kloss