With Spring already in full swing and summer on the horizon, you know what that means: wedding season! While most wedding invitations attempt to be overly classy, I think a design like this refreshing paper record player would actually make me want to attend a wedding.
Designed by Kelli Anderson for her lover-friends Karen and Mike, the paper record player is actually quite simple. Here's how it works:
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.
Yeah, I don't care how it works, or if the music isn't clearly audible — it's adorable! What I do know is that when I get hitched, Kelli Anderson is going to be my invitation designer.