MEX Inspirations for 13th March 2009

Nokia transformation This short video diary provided a fascinating insight into the transformation taking place within the world’s largest handset manufacturer. It also highlights the changing role of visual designers in the overall framework of mobile user experience. The key take away is in the last 20 seconds, when Nokia’s design manager talks about how his team is moving from being an internal service provider to a fully integrated creative agency.
Knurling / gnurling Loosely defined as the art of adding a series of tiny ridges to the exterior surface of an object, usually with the intention of improving ease of use or purely for enhanced tactile pleasure. Pentax have been doing it to their digital cameras for years and it is prevalent throughout high-end sporting equipment. Motorola recently introduced the luxury Aura handset, featuring a number of knurled surfaces.

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