Did I really say that?

Jeff Howe of Print Magazine sniffs out the possibility that there might be some design involved in all those cell phones out there. Yours truly gets off a few choice quotes.

“It’s an interesting time for mobile design,” says Matias Duarte, chief designer at Helio, a U.S. cellular carrier operated by South Korean phone giant SK Telecom. “The field is in transition from a technology to a design medium, much like the web was in the mid-’90s.”

Read the whole thing, “One Cellular Sensation.
I’m only sorry I didn’t quite communicate just how radical I think the coming change in mobile design will be. The Web today is the result of a leap forward from it’s infancy just as great as the one from the Apple II to Mac OS X was. Yet that transition took place over ten years. I expect we’re soon going to be using UI that’s more Minority Report than OS X on our devices.
Hold on to your hat.

5 Responses to “Did I really say that?”

  1. Shivam Goyal

    Hi Matias,

    I agree with you. Some prominent manufacturers (who shall not be named)in the market although boast about the sleekness of the phone and compete with each other to a scale of 0.1mm, but cannot care less for 1 pixel on the screen.

    That said, don’t you think apart from the graphical improvement, mobile UI needs a major overhauling in terms of information currently visualized and presented. Do we still have to follow the age old menu structure? Mobile Phone, with all these new technical enhancement shouldn’t just we treated as a PC on a small screen. More intelligent usage of mobile phone capabilities have to be thought of that can leverage the mobile phones pervasive presence.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to fill up so much. But I am kind trying to follow new design initiative in mobile UI domain, as I myself being a designer and HCI specialist quite interested in it.

    -Shivam Goyal
    2nd year MS-HCI, Georgia Tech

  2. matias

    Ah, the menu tree…

    Really, the interaction paradigm on most phones (despite all the visual whiz bang) is actually far more primitive than the ones we use on desktops today. A more accurate/damning comparison would be a to a command line browser (albeit a graphical one), where every step is completely modal, contextless, and information is invisible until the user drills in and explicitly asks for it.

    Frankly desktops should be more advanced than a nice paint job over the same old Xerox/PARC metaphors, but it’s a shame that the majority of mobiles are a generation behind that!

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  4. Pamela Nekolny

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    While it may be interesting for you, it’s nothing but poor quality to us. We are on our 3rd Helio, being returned for our 4th, all within a matter of a few months. None of the phones have operated properly. In addition, a telephone is only as good as it’s customer service, which has been horrid.

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