Nokia and Central Saint Martins design mobile phone of the future

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What do you get if you cross a mobile phone giant with a London school of art and design? The Nokia 111 – a fictitious phone that’s now on display at the Future of Mobile Design exhibition.

For six months, 25 Industrial Design students from London’s CSM College of Art and Design have been working to a brief from Nokia to create a mass market handset for 4 or 5G services up to the year 2015 – the winning design was made into a dummy handset by Nokia for the exhibition. The design finally chosen by Nokia was this one by Daniel Meyer – apparently inspired both by video calling and the traditional practice of carrying pictures of friends or family members with you (in other words, it sits on your desk).

In view of how mobile phones have changed in the last 10 years, I’d have expected something a little more radical for the coming decade. But if you want to take a closer look at this particular vision of the future, you can see it at the Future of Mobile Design exhibition, which runs from 13th – 16th June 2006 at the Air Gallery, Dover Street, London W1S. Entry is free.

Nokia website

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Dave Walker