Guitarist Dave Navarro has a sweet little hobby/project, Flat Guitars. Perhaps I should have put a geek warning on this post--obviously, this will not appeal to everyone, a site devoted to 'flat' graphic versions of famous guitars and guitarists. Illustrations come with a little blurb and a couple of links.
I have been fascinated with the shift to flatness on the web, so that probably figures in my interest with this site--I like guitars but am not one of those people for whom a particular instrument holds some enchantment. The flatness thing is, in my mind, a significant development of the past couple of years. Apple, amongst others, turned away from its original design maxim of attempting to imbue their products with a sense of the 'real world' and has flattened everything with iOS7. So flatguitars is simply another representation of that idea on some level.
It would seem that flatness itself heralds a growing change in our understanding of space and time. I think that we learn to look at the world through the dominant technologies we embrace (an idea I drew upon many years ago from the work of Erik Davis), and this shift to flatness heralds, or at least, nods, toward that dynamic. As we have become increasingly embracing and dependent upon digital technology, and the new sense of the world that it brings to us, we no longer feel the need to replicate the sense of the old reality upon it. In other words, the world of the web, no longer needs to feel like the world shaped by text, it is its own reality, and is also re-framing how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Flatness would seem to point towards a more materialist understanding of the world-surface is depth, and what we need is found there. jeez, that's a bit long-winded for a quick post about bloody guitar illustrations!:)