Chi Shing Lo, a student at the UK’s De Montfort University recently won the annual D&AD Student Awards for the new mobile phone handset designed for Orange. This win is his second major competition this year. The D&AD Student Awards of course showcases the best emerging design and advertising talent from colleges and universities around the globe. The handset design includes a simple ‘hole’ which doubles up as a view finder when used as a camera, a charging point which uses inductive charging technology, and also for transferring data. It also has a mirror surrounding which enables the users to take their own picture.
Blu Bottle combines a superb innovative design with mechanical processes and doesn’t require any high tech electronics or reliance on batteries to perform. By using the most underused source of energy in the world, the human energy, this bottle can harness the user’s kinetic energy via a manual pump, various pressure chambers and valves. Blu Bottle contains a coolant unit and sudden release in pressure on that unit results drop in temperature, therefore generating drinkable condensation. This compact and versatile bottle is best for using in remote areas, relief/aid purposes and personal or outdoor use.
A refreshingly bold and innovative concept, Blu Bottle is a suitably feasible, technically efficient and independent system. Intricately researched and designed, Blu Bottle dares to go further with a deeper, more versatile and sustainable solution that is more intrinsic than most.
Ceramic Stereo is a concept project that aims to merge physical and digital product to create beautiful interactions with better, improved sensory richness. This project attempts create wireless connectivity and communication more understandable, it’s done by setting intangible actions/functions into tangible actions.
This Swedish industrial designer had made detail observations that brought him into this concept, it’s based on human audio consumption where as you can feel today that the content or music files are usually saved in smartphones which then amplified via speakers.
Typically, your smartphone has the content which then connected to an amplifier via WiFi or Bluetooth. Usually, you’ll get double controls of everything from volume to playback, a dual interface with complex system.
This Ceramic Stereo concept has 3 unmarked positions from play, pause, and radio. These positions are only visible when you power up the device or momentarily as you initiate the action. The reason behind invisible marks is to reduce visual clutter, the interface is pretty simple and as time goes by, you’ll get used to it without seeing to use the device, and if the markings were visible, they would become nothing more than visual clutter.
The form of this project was inspired by “key-bowl” which is usually used to place your keys when you get home. Now, you can place your phone (also smartphones are getting larger and larger these days) and use this object to listen to music. This connection creates good interactions and makes technology becomes in sync with people and environment, not the other way around.