For 44 years, Polk has been known for its exceptional passive speakers. The Hampden speakers bring that magic into the digital age, adding digital amplification & signal processing, bluetooth and USB DAC and melding it with teak construction and the feel of a highly crafted analog product. Polk's Heritage Collection of personal audio is an eclectic variety of products with craft-inspired details, timeless materials, and a retro-futuristism. I sought to capture the metaphor of a passive wood speaker bookended by contemporary wireless technology. It took thorough persistence to ensure the analog and digital interfaces of the Hampden worked together flawlessly for an optimal user experience. This was the first Polk wireless speaker to use colors for source indication, which was later expanded to the Omni collection.
Design Winter 2012. Release Winter 2014.
Design and CMF Lead: Cameron Nielsen
Lifestyle and Product Photography: Jesse Callahan, Art Direction by Michael DiTullo