Update: Be sure to check out the new and improved design! Original post as follows:
A confession: I’ve never watched Dr. Who. It’s a bit daunting to check out a series that’s been running for several years (the current iteration). Maybe one day I’ll check it out, as I enjoy the Torchwood spinoff (weird I know).
But I don’t have to be a fan of the show to know that people love the Tardis, the doctor’s time machine. It is disguised to look like a police phone booth. The Wikipedia page on the Tardis is a fascinating read.
I’m a bit surprised BBC hasn’t used this boxy machine for DVD or Blu-Ray release yet, as it would be an ideal design. I’m guessing they were held up by the same issue I was – how to integrate standard-size jewel cases into the frame. Well you can’t, as I have learned. It’s best to use cases that are more CD-shaped, to maximize the volume and storage of the Tardis. Fortunately I made some cases of that nature for my Dark Knight Trilogy design from way back when.
Some LED lights at the top of the case would complete the look. I believe the light on top pulses. That would look awesome in your entertainment center.
If you made the jewel cases very thin, you could store many seasons in this Tardis. It also would be ideal to leave some room for future growth. With that room you could store the top light and pyramid fixture inside when packaging and shipping these cases, as I am a stickler for efficient volume use.
This design reminds of the NBA2K10 special edition design, where they shipped the game in a locker with room to store other games. Very thoughtful design.
It occurred to me it has been awhile since I posted a Blu-Ray design, glad I remedied that drought.
About 3-4 months ago I released a series called “If IKEA Made Geeky Furniture”, comprised of several posts (you can find them here, scroll down a bit). There were a few ideas that did not make the cut, and I am going to list them off here:
A. Apple iPhone Book Case. A basic book case, with two glass doors to get at your books/movies (If you wanted, you could place them like apps). Reason it was cut: A digital device storing all your old analog media was weird to me.
B. Tardis Wardrobe/Pantry. Reason it was cut: Seems a lot of people have already made this in some form. And here I was, thinking I was so clever.
C. Gandalf’s Staff Floor Lamp. Reason it was cut: I…don’t know. Seeing it now, it would be kinda cool. May revisit this. That reminds me, a guy I knew at work often lamented that the only thing Gandalf did in the movies was cast light. With this lamp, you too can wield Gandalf’s lone power.
D. Soundwave Oven with Tea Kettle Head! Okay this one is bizarre, I admit. But I thought I’d include it to show how weird my mind is. Reason it was cut: It’s an appliance. And it was too weird.
E. Star Wars Table. That landing platform on Endor, where Luke surrendered in Return of the Jedi- would make a great table. Reason it was cut: Too obscure.
F. DRADIS Ceiling Lamp. That radar they used to detect Cylons in Battlestar Galactica would make for a decent ceiling lamp, as long as it had a revolving radar arm, and made whoooo whooooo sounds. Reason it was cut: Couldn’t get it to look right. One of these days I will coin the perfect DRADIS gadget.
G. Pac-Man Table and Chairs. Reason it was cut: No one wants a 3/4 table. Though it would look cool biting into a corner. Great place to put a bowl of fruit.
H. Holodeck Door Fridge. Yep, a refrigerator that looks like the door to the famed Holodeck in Star Trek TNG. You could put the ice dispenser by the computer panel. Reason it was cut: It was an appliance, and would be too big to place in a kitchen, unless you can inset your fridge into a wall.
Is this the first-ever blog to feature material from the cutting room floor? Hmmm
I had fun doing the IKEA designs, will probably do some more in the future. Stay tuned.