Icono: a hand gesture telephone concept

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Although gesture based interacting is really hot at the moment, we still don’t fully use the power of gestures. That’s what London based designer Zinc Chan must have thought when she came up with the gorgeous looking telephone Icono. Her design was based upon the “iconic hand gesture people use to represent the telephone.” When you want to make a phonecall you don’t pick up the handset like on current telephones, but you put the earphone and microphone around your fingers. By making the telephone gesture you create a phone with your hands.

Beside the fact whether it is practical, I think this is a great way of thinking. Zinc closed the gap between human thinking and physical objects. But that’s not all… because she also redesigned the dials. “When the user dials the numbers, an animated path is shown on the touch screen. Therefore, people start to remember the person by their unique pattern rather than the numbers.”

A beautiful concept.

Jeroen van Geel

Jeroen van Geel is founder/chief kahuna of Johnny Holland and the interaction director at Fabrique [brands, design & interaction], a Dutch multidisciplinary design agency. You can follow him on Twitter via @jeroenvangeel.

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