Little World: Making Mobile Phones More People-Centric

Little World: Making Mobile Phones More People-Centric

The Interaction Design Programme at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design shares some of their latest projects with PSFK.

Dan Gould
  • 25 february 2010

Little World is a new user interface concept for mobile phones that seeks to make interacting with people through phones more like interacting with people in real life.

Asked “What might the future of phones look like?” and after some intense user research, the team around little world found that the massive onslaught of features in modern phones was actually getting in the way of it’s core function: connecting people.

Determined to create a more people-centric phone, the team explored alternate ways of grouping, messaging and adding friends to your contacts. The resulting project “Little world” creates a more intuitive virtual world from which you can manage friends and contacts as opposed to the generic and alphabetically ordered lists we are used to today. “We don’t think of our friends alphabetically, so why should we try and manage them alphabetically? Little World allows you to group people in a natural, analog way, placing your work colleagues in a different area to your football mates, and using your phone in a more natural, subtle and playful way.” says Kevin Cannon, one of the designers behind Little World.

This concept video was done as part of a 2 week industry course with Nokia at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) by Kevin Cannon and Tobias Toft. Little World was a finalist at the IxD10 student competition. More info and videos here.

The Interaction Design Programme at CIID is an incubator for some of the most insightful designers on the block. This 12-month intensive curriculum is an onslaught of skills-based and investigative workshops – which means that students are not just able to do great things – they can tell you why they are doing them.

The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design


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