The Future of News

A while ago I worked on a project for News UK, the project which was managed by the Central St. Martins Innovation Centre employed eight graduates from MA-Communication Design and MA-Industrial Design.  Below is a sample of some of the concepts that we presented to News UK and that where later exhibited at their Innovation Café (which is featured in Wired )

All concepts have been produced by Kate Brangan, Josef Clinch, António Felizardo and Emma Kalkhoven from MACD, Masami Lavault, Pierre Papet, Yuhan Wan and myself from MAID. The tutor on the project was Dr. Matt Malpass

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Boris e-Readers

What is it?
Shared access e-readers on public transport, in partnership with Transport for London.

Why?
Everyday, thousands of free newspapers are printed and thrown away, cluttering public transport carriages and causing hazard on the tracks.

How does it work?
E-reader credit can be topped-up on Oyster card, allowing to borrow e-readers during commuting. Free news might be the basic content accessible on the e-readers. Times subscribers would have access to their Times e-newspaper, with personal preferences uploaded on their Oyster.

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Brand Gesture (Part I)

What is it?
A unique, recognisable tablet gesture.

Why ?
The prestige of holding up a Times newspaper disappeared with the emergence of digital formats. Yet, some tablet or mobile gestures have recently become so familiar that we can identify what the user is doing (playing Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja).

How does it work?
A simple tilting gesture is repeated each time the reader turns a page (back and forth) and opens the menu. The frequency of the action allows surrounding onlookers to recognise the brand.

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Brand Gesture (Part II)

What is it?
An augmented tablet cover, which serves as a controller for the Times or Sun app.

Why?
The tangibility and associated gestures of reading a physical newspaper has been lost during the transfer to digital formats. There is an opportunity to merge these gestures with those of gaming to create new, subtle branded interactions.

How does it work?
The reader rolls the cover in one hand to launch the app, squeezes the ‘roll’ once to skip to the next page, twice to go back to the previous one. Slightly sliding the cover reveals or hides additional content.

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Receipt News

What is it?
Receiving a short news article on the go, printed on the backside of paper receipts.

Why?
The consumption of news is deeply associated with routine rituals. Printing news on often unused paper surfaces embeds the diffusion of information even deeper into readers’ habits.

How does it work?
When buying coffee, a personalised news article will appear on the back of the receipt, taking into account the content preferences stored on the reader’s credit or debit card. With contactless payments being the new standard, this becomes a very simple and quick experience.

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Edible News

What is it?
Daily updated edible news in pill form.

Why?
The concept of edible news is rooted in the habit of taking vitamin supplements – the consumption of news is part of our daily routine and contributes to our intellectual health and well-being.

How does it work?
Recent research on microscopic biological processors from the Imperial College London shows that bacteria can be programmed to act like microprocessors, transmitting information and performing actions. When placed on a news charger, the pills containing the harmless programmable bacteria are loaded with current news. The content can be tailored to the interests of the news eater.

Concrete QI-Charger

As a continuation to the Cork QI-charger. I have experimented with concrete for a while and the contrast between the cork and the concrete is very nice. This is still very much a work in progress but it’s now shown that it’s at least feasible, since this is again a fully working model.
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