Rotary: A Retro Web Input for Phone Numbers

A bad web form sparked a series of increasingly absurd designs for inputting phone numbers, including an incrementer, slider, random number generator, and very large table. Here’s a good rundown of the solutions developers came up with.

This is my take. It’s a retro, skeuomorphic input based on the rotary telephone. Inefficient, but kinda fun. Try it out below, especially those of you too young to have ever handled a rotary.

You can also view the standalone demo and source on GitHub.

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  1. This is amazing stuff…I remember when we had this at home, trying to call our friends secretly but the darm thing kept making so much noise!!!

  2. Wait! I need this to make the clicking sound. Am I missing something? That’s like a critical part of the experience…

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