Basic Beauty

Basic Beauty

nr21 DESIGN together with Vodafone Design Team introduces one of its latest designs, the Vodafone 135. This will be one of the most affordable mobiles on the market. The Vodafone 135 is a classic candy bar phone, designed to make mobile communications affordable in developing markets, thanks to a short two line black and white display suitable for calls and texts. It will be available this summer on prepay tariffs.

0 Designer: Nr21 Design

DJ Needs A Phone Too

DJ Needs A Phone Too

Are you one of those musically inclined people who love to jam at the drop of a hat? Designer Jose Tomas DeLuna thinks that there is a market for the creative music junkies who like to mix their music on the go. As a result he has conceptualized KRE8, which is mobile phone but has plenty of musically enhanced features. It’s a device that bridges musical creativity and communication.

0 Designer: Jose Tomas DeLuna

Is That Whiskey You Talking To?

Is That Whiskey You Talking To?

The weirdest of things can inspire designers and this one really takes the cake. Either Juyoung Kim really loves his drink too much or he is simply trying to impress us with his imagination. Whiskey, yes whissskeyyy, the malt that makes men go woozy in the head when they tank up too much, is the inspiration behind the Whiskey Cyon Phone. Low on tech-specs (fully touchscreen, 8-mp cam) but high on looks, the device is almost like a chameleon!

0 Designer: Juyoung Kim

My Wrist Bling

My Wrist Bling

I bet my wrist is jealous. It hasn’t seen an accessory adorn its graceful neck in years thanks to the advent of mobile phones. Tho there have been several attempts by designers and companies to integrate the two, they’ve never been successful. The On Time Headset System seems to be a much better marriage between them and one I could see myself using.

0 Designer: Pedro Gomes

How To 'Not' Put On Your Earrings

How To ‘Not’ Put On Your Earrings

There’s been a lot of effort in transforming our ugly, but occasionally necessary, bluetooth headsets into something beautiful and ornamental but this headset by Ilshat Garipov almost crosses the line into complete ornament. Obviously designed for, and pulled off much better by, a woman, the piece took inspiration from the formation of a water droplet, housing a single button for receiving and ending calls. Now if only Ilshat would make something masculine for us guys; we occasionally like to look like self-important douchebags too!

0 Designer: Ilshat Garipov

Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

I am that stage in my life where I couldn’t care a less about the make or model of the mobile phone I use. I simply want functionality and that’s it! However according to my son, if he doesn’t get the latest model, his social life will be dead and he probably will be an outcast for holding that hands-me-down number! Do I have to get him a new mobile, every time the fad changes? No, not if something like the Infinite Sustainable Mobile Phone pops up.

0 Designer: Will Orrock

LG Synthesis Belongs On Your Keychain

LG Synthesis Belongs On Your Keychain

Another beautifully rendered phone concept from our favorite 16 year old designer, Andrew Seunghyun Kim, his LG Synthesis concept presents a simple touchscreen based smart phone.  While subverted in this post’s title, the phone’s hole is actually intended  as a low-tech viewfinder and docking port on its tree-like recharging station.  Beyond that, it’s solar powered headset and Kate Moss-like form factor make this the most refined thing to have come out of any 16-year-old I know.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Give Your Input on The Mozilla Phone

Give Your Input on The Mozilla Phone

Working with Aza Raskin of Mozilla Labs as part of their Concept Series, yours truly is helming the open source project to design the Mozilla Phone.  The lovely BlackBerry you see here is the first throw-away concept to come out of the project blog at MozPhone.com. While only a crude mashup of a Blackberry 7130 and the Optimus Keyboard, its serves to illustrate how much more we need phones to communicate with us.

0 Designer: Billy May

As Simple or Complex as You Want it to be

As Simple or Complex as You Want it to be

Fingerprint recognition to activate biometric profile. Blank surface when not in use. 3-D interface with artificial intelligence that automatically rearranges your options and thangs based on usage and preference. Touchscreen with growing buttons (really, 3D, up in your face.) How many “smart” phones does it take to screw together the world community?

I got the hookup! Or should I say C. Ferraz do?

0 Designer: Cristina Ferraz

Sculpted Phone No Different From Hosta

Sculpted Phone No Different From Hosta

More often than not, designers take inspiration from the natural environment to come up with something spectacular in technology. If it weren’t for the dragonflies we wouldn’t have helicopter now, would we? The project we see here is a simple home phone taking inspiration from the Hosta Plant. For those with a serious lack of green-thumb-knowledge let me tell you that it’s a foliage plant that is not fussy and comes in a broad range of solid colors.

0 Designer: Anton Webb

Babble Headsets Look Cool, But Not In Your Ear

Babble Headsets Look Cool, But Not In Your Ear

I have a love/hate relationship with bluetooth headsets. They have always seemed the fantastic gadgets of the future right up until you put one on and instantly increase your Douche Quotient by 200%.  Case in point, these Babble headsets from Mr. Onuff Studio look fantastic and give us a peak into the variations that exist before a final product choice is made. I suppose we’ll have to wait for aural implants before truly appreciating the wonder of bluetooth without the stigma of pompousness.

0 Designer: Mr. Onuff Studio

Wrist Phone For Troubled Times

Wrist Phone For Troubled Times

Given the volatile situation (political and natural) around most countries, I totally buy the idea of having an emergency phone around my space. Recent incidents of carnages and natural disasters imply that even a simple shopping, holiday or business trip can take an ugly turn instantaneously. This doesn’t mean that we stop traveling; it simply means we arm ourselves better. The Disposable Pre-Paid Phone could be that life-saving device, which could get you out of a sticky situation.

0 Designer: Shirley A. Roberts

Fold Your Phone Like Never Before!

Fold Your Phone Like Never Before!

With “WILD FOLD.” Yes, it is the Mac Attack. Who else would go so wild? I ask you that. Here Mac Funamizu takes the idea of the Samsung Flexible OLED and applies it to several conceptual phones. How small is too small? Certainly we’ve tested the limits with certain fruit-related-mp3-players of late, correct? And how much fold is really necessary? With Mac, we will always know how far is too far!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu