Student’s solution to society’s smartphone fixation
Smartphone owners who perpetually fiddle with their phones could break the habit following the invention of a new screen guard by a Nottingham Trent University student.
MA Product Design student Nai Yu Wang has developed a plastic guard with an embossed pattern which aims to deter people from using their phones timberland boots for women unnecessarily.
But rather than physically restrict a person’s phone use, Nai Yu’s design centres on creating a psychological barrier while also making the screen less agreeable to touch.
Nai Yu, 24, who is studying at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, said: “Smartphones ar timberland boots for women e obviously very useful devices but I wanted to make people think about whether they use them too much.
“Some people appear to use their phones far too frequentl timberland boots for women y and I find it bizarre that some people will play with their phones, for instance, at the table rather than talk to the people sat next to them.
“I’m not sure whether the modern relationship that we have with our mobile phones is a good thing, so I wanted to design a product to deter people from overusing them, but without creating a physical restriction.
“In many ways it’s a strange product to design as its intention is for people, to some extent, to dislike using it.
“The pattern I have chosen is intended as a symbol of restriction, and I have attempted to use this subtly to help change people’s behaviour.”
Nai Yu’s prototype is set to go on show alongside that of 180 postgraduate students’ work for Nottingham Trent University’s Art and Design Postgraduate Expo 2013.
The exposition, which is open to the public and free admission, will take place at the University’s City site between 23 September and 4 October 2013 excluding the Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm.
Students studying at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built timberland boots for women Environment will exhibit their work in the Arkwright building, while students from the School of Art Design will exhibit their work in the Bonington building.
Nai Yu now plans to test her product further and develop it as part of her studies into the relationship between mankind and machine.
Dr Sarah Kettley, senior lecturer in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Nai Yu’s screen guard is a strong example of how good design can influence and ultimately change people’s behaviour.
“In a world where many mobile phone products are hi tech and complicated, Nai Yu’s guard is a relatively simple solution to what appears to be an emerging problem in the relationship people have with smartphones.”