According to a first post, Alastair Curtis, Head of Design at Nokia, shared the design insight that your mobile is becoming more of a â€œsixth senseâ€, equipping you with â€œsuper-humanâ€ abilities.
“This notion of your mobile providing your with pseudo super-human abilities might sound a little exaggerated, but the evolution of context aware services is arguably a powerful sixth sense that, as Alastairâ€™s design colleague Bill Sermon mentioned, equips you with a new sort of â€œperipheral visionâ€ that enables you to see things you perhaps werenâ€™t expecting. And as Alastair explains this â€œfrees you from the complexity of technology to let you look up and enjoy the world around youâ€. This new breed of mobile behaviour is being investigated and developed with the design ambition being to create interfaces that are absolutely instinctive and donâ€™t keep trapped looking at a screen – instead of say how you might find yourself immersed in a desktop computer screen, the Nokia design team is looking at ways to make your mobile phone screen a glance-at tool to inspire you to spend your time immersed in your physical world, aided with digitized help from your handset.”
A second post reports on a presentation by user interface designers Juliana Ferreira and Lee Cooper on the future of Nokia homescreens.
“The upcoming N97 is the first device to fully realize the research that has taken place over the past two years by Juliana, Lee and the other UI design specialists at Nokia, when it comes to creating a new breed of homescreen experience – an experience that reflects the now embedded trend of personalization and our desire to communicate, share media and control any extension of ourselves on our terms.”
Also check the Making of the N97 video.