Good design should be for everyone.
Out of the Box is the result of a year long research project lead by Clara Gaggero and Adrian Westaway of Vitamins Design in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Center and Samsung Design Europe.
Out of the Box is a simple yet effective solution for cell phone users who have difficulties with learning to use their new handset. For older people, this experience can be particularly frustrating as they apply analogue modes of learning to the digital experience - looking in the box for help that simply is not there.
Most phones come with flimsy manuals with complicated language and jargon. These books, which can live on a bookshelf actually contain the phone.
Each page reveals the elements of the phone in the right order, helping the user to set up the sim card, the battery and even slide the case onto the phone.
The second book is the main manual – the phone actually slots into this and becomes the center of attention.
Arrows point to the exact locations the user should press, avoiding confusion and eliminating the feeling of being lost in a menu.
Phones have become over complicated and many users are afraid to break them or get lost in menus - so they don’t explore and learn all the things they can do.
A set of cards represents every function inside the phone which users can flick through and discover.
The phone is supplied empty, and users add the functions they want by tapping a card onto the screen.
Cards can be carried in your wallet so functions can be accessed on the move.
To encourage learning, the back of the card explains what the function does, and how to reach it using the menus.
Last but not least
To encourage users to explore and familiarize themselves with their phones a map was created, which guides users through the meandering labyrinth of menus.
Users tests showed that people were quickly discovering and getting interested in new areas of their phone previously buried under layers of menus.
Project in collaboration with Adrian Westaway.
Graphic Design: Jaakko Tuomivara