The final topic of Personal Use Technology on this Steampunk Minimalism series.
Now since truly steampunk technology (minimalist or not) is more something out of science fiction, I will be mostly sticking to that of having a “look of steampunk”. With Fashion & Home Décor I gave a list of questions to ask yourself when attempting to dress or decorate in a minimalist steampunk fashion, however in an attempt to keep it simple I will give examples of Steampunk Minimalism that I have implemented (or wish to implement) into my daily life and technology use.
Now an iPhone isn’t steampunk in and of itself, but there are ways to give it a cool vintage look. My personal choice for doing this is by way of a fun (and useful) case. The BookBook by Twelve South is a perfect example of something that has a cool vintage look while being practically minimalist. A phone and wallet all in one convenient package.
Along with the BookBook iPhone case, Twelve South also has iPad and MacBook cases and covers in the same style.
Like I said in Steampunk Minimalism Fashion, part of Steampunk Minimalism is trying not to look too much like a timetraveler or airship pirate (as cool as both of those are in their own right), but rather just making your stuff look different than other people’s.
Even though it’s not terribly simple, modifying a computer keyboard to resemble an antique typewriter is a great way to give your home office (or work, if you are brave and not worried that it will “walk away”) a steampunk vibe.
I am currently working on my own: (Link to Steampunk Keyboard Posts), as well as building my own PC which I’ll be documenting once I get started.
Unlike keyboards, modifying computer monitors can be as easy as using a picture frame to take the place of the front plastic casing. In the future I’ll document a detailed DIY on this project.
Here are few that are a little more complex than adding a simple picture frame.
(see more of these monitors at http://steampunkworkshop.com)
One of my favorite ways to add Steampunk Minimalism to your Tech, is through audio speakers and cases for MP3 players.
Here are some of my favorite DIYs from Instructables.com that show how to Steampunk your audio listening needs.
Are there any Steampunk Projects that you’ve done in the areas of Home Decor, Fashion, and/or Tech? I would love to hear about it; please leave a comment or link below to let everyone know.
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