There is something about interacting with a physical product that makes the experience feel more connected, an app falls short of matching this quality. Antenna is a Bluetooth speaker and radio that has made full use of physical interaction and has maximized intuitive usability in the process!
The buttons, switches and dials that clutter the design of many radios have been replaced by a single ‘antenna’. The device is controlled through a series of actions that each revolve around the brightly colored antenna; by pushing, pulling and rotating the ball, common commands including the volume and frequency can be adjusted.
There is something so intriguing about the simplistic design; the over-sized dial brings an element of playfulness to the product, giving it a fun and appealing aesthetic that encourages physical interaction. It’s great to see a speaker that doesn’t rely on an impersonal smart-phone application.
Designer: Jaekyu Jung
“The ‘antenna’ provides the means of controlling the power, frequency and volume. To turn the power on, the user must grasp the ball gently and pull it upwards. To manually adjust the frequency, the user must lightly push the controller to the left or right. For automatic frequency adjustment, the controller must be pushed left or right for an extended period of time. To adjust the volume, the user must hold the ball and turn it to the left or right. At the front of the radio is a speaker with hidden lighting for frequency, and volume information review,” explains Jung.
As technology advances and popularity increases, the size of wireless earphones is dramatically decreasing. Whilst this not only makes the devices appear visually very similar to each other, more significantly it makes them extremely easy to lose! Both of these issues have been addressed with Pretzel, a unique and intriguing concept that certainly looks like a more practical alternative for the real world!
Pretzel’s distinguishing feature is the ring that sits on the external side of each device; the positioning of this soft-touch ring is adjustable so that it does not impede on the earphone’s comfort. A fabric loop elegantly attaches to each ring, connecting the devices together in a distinctive and visually interesting manner. Each of the earphones carries a simplistic and fuss-free aesthetic which has been enhanced through careful attention to detail at the CMF stage of the design process; texture and color separate the loop from the earphones, leading to a beautifully tactile and complete product.
Taking inspiration from the twelve-sided polygon, the Dodecagon Watch uses the geometric shape and a commonly found density/opacity trick to create a watch that’s literally different and mysterious at the same time.
The crystal sitting atop the watch comes with a black tint which grows darker as the glass gets thicker. The dodecagon, being thickest at its center, therefore obstructs your view of the center of the dial. What you DO see, however, is the trail of light from glowing watch-hands at the end which points to the time. With a vibe that feels mysterious, ghostly even, the watch tells you time through these glowing hands that seem to appear from the darkness… and as a result, creating a visual that’s absolutely stunning to look at! Oh my lord, will you look at that minimal, beautiful packaging?!
This vase turns everything into low-res, 8-bit-ish mosaic awesomeness! Using a rather cleverly patterned/faceted acrylic piece, the Pixel vase just warps your perception of everything behind it, turning real life into a bunch of pixels. It’s a clever technique that not only brings dynamism to something as static as a flower-vase, but also is bound to delight people who see it (especially for the first time)!
I can’t help but imagine the creative possibilities for something like this! Could this be the new evolved form of minimalism? Not actually being minimal, but rather taking something and ‘minimizing’ its resolution to make it seem pixelated. What do you think?!