Art Attack is dedicated to bringing you all the latest crafts in the world of steampunk, whether you are looking for something as small as a computer mouse or as large as an entire home, we hope that we can be your guide on who to turn to live out your sci-fi Victorian fantasies. The latest genius of the trend is Richard Clarkson, who has finally brought steampunk to mobile technology.
What you're seeing is a Samsung Envy, the same phone we currently have, retrofitted to incorporate a brass rotary dial. Clarkson is still working the bugs out in the electronics as rotary sends a single pulse while modern button systems use multiple pulses in a matrix to communicate, and the merging the systems is a bit tricky.
Nonetheless, Clarkson is well up to the task. He is currently an industrial design student at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and is set to begin pursuing a Masters of Industrial Design specializing in integrating mechanical and analog systems. In other words, he's on his way to being a professional steampunk designer and also making American education look really, really boring.More »