Amid Moradganjeh has posted a wonderful video and illustrated exploration of his Rimino project, which re-imagines the mobile user experience with natural input methods and a UI inspired by quiet design principles and printed posters.
Moradganjeh’s project, undertaken at the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden, is based on a combination of broad user research, detailed user studies and expert interviews. Some of the trends he picked up on include the growing proportion of device usage dedicated to information consumption rather than communication, the desire to personalise and the form factor constraints imposed by displays and input mechanisms. These align with many of the themes in the MEX Pathways.
As a device, Rimino challenges the mobile industry’s relentless drive for more pixels and more Mhz by exploring how technologies such as electronic ink and flexible form factors could be combined with existing behaviours such as handwriting and common gestures.
I found the UI concepts, based around design techniques used for printed posters, particularly inspiring. The idea that each screen should show the user, at-a-glance, a snapshot of the experience, just as printed posters do, is a powerful concept.
I highly recommend watching the video above and reading the full explanation on Moradganjeh’s site.