An Ode to Calculators


Are calculators sexy? This is not a question that most people would think about, unless of course you’re a nerd who engages in calculator modding. But this scene is more about adding bells and whistles than about making the device aesthetically pleasing. Don’t worry folks I’m not judging, I was a calculator modder in my younger days.

The gorgeous calculator pictured to the left is part of the LC-104 series from amadana, which can be purchased from Steven Alan of all places. This calculator focuses on wrapping functionality in a simple and stylish package. The HP 12c is another calculator that embodies this idea. The HP 12c has a timeless design that hasn’t changed in over twenty years. More classic and interesting calculator designs can be found on Pocket Calculator’s Vintage LCD Calculator Museum; it’s a mouthful for sure, but definitely worth a look.

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About Dapper Alchemist

The Dapper Alchemist is an amalgam of my interests in science, design and (men's) fashion.

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