It’s not often that images of nature are conjured up when one ponders about our changing relationship with technology. Yet for designer Michael Roopenian, the tactility of organic materials offered a straightforward way to improve an otherwise sterile interface. Having experimented with different textures, he developed a keyboard cut from a single piece of wood to heighten the overall uniformity and logical arrangement of the design. To achieve the dramatic texture, he sandblasted the wood along the natural grain pattern before cutting it into the individual keys. What’s left is a keyboard with a consistent, user-friendly topography that is beautiful to boot.
Be sure to view some of the images below, including some different stages in research and development.