Audio Cassette Tape Nostalgia

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Tapedeck is a project of, built to showcase the amazing beauty and (sometimes) weirdness found in the designs of common audio tape cassettes.

There’s an amazing range of designs, starting from the early 60’s functional cassette designs, moving through the colorful playfulness of the 70’s audio tapes to amazing shape variations during the 80’s and 90’s.

It’s called a “nostalgia” site, and I hope it is nostalgia for all my readers. I don’t believe I have readers to young to have ever used them. (Thanks Damien!)
Transformers Ravage Robot
Curiously, in the last years emerged a whole cassette tape culture transforming the audio tapes in icons. Vintage Japanese cassettes from 1980’s are now been used to create transformer toys. The Italian designer Marcella Foschi transformed them in charming retro wallets, while in the U.S., Alyce Santoro used recycled audio cassette tapes and cotton to make pretty dresses. Those were some examples.
Etsy has tons of products made with cassete tapes or images of them, from T-shirts to cassette belt buckles, passing through necklaces, ipod cases, earrings and card holders. Using the iconic image of the cassette, the design site FRED life created a neat cassette tote bag. (via Smidigt)
Cassette Tote
I still have hundreds of those audio tapes on my closet. I should give them a proper funeral and take some pictures of them before I do it. However, I saw many great ideas about what I can do with them at Design Boom. One of them is to do a USB Flash Cassette Mod. The BBC, they also link to an article with 10 uses for audio cassettes. Another good idea is to make a cassette tape evening bag with that tutorial. That is, after I learn to crochet.

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2 Responses to Audio Cassette Tape Nostalgia

  1. -U! says:

    «Vintage Japanese cassettes from 1980’s are now been used to create transformer toys»
    Actually,those toys are not new nor real cassettes recycled.They were part of the original Transformers franchise back in the ’80s –they were made as part of the boomboxes fad,you know.
    More details are here:
    (if you don’t want to read all the article,just read the ‘Generation 1’ paragraph,and then jump to the ‘Toys’ one).

  2. Bibi says:

    Thanks for the information U! 🙂

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