Infobar A02 by Naoto Fukasawa for KDDI
Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa appeared in our latest movie filmed as part of Dezeen and MINI World Tour discussing the minimal design and intuitive interface of this mobile phone created for Japanese company KDDI (+ movies).
The Infobar A02 is the latest Infobar handset created by Fukasawa for KDDI's design series au.
Fukasawa, who is also known for his work with Japanese brand MUJI, collaborated with interface designer Yugo Nakamura to design the handset and its interface.
The user interface is iida 2.0, a version of Android that allows users to customise their home screen with their favourite content.
Like Windows Phone 8, iida is based on a scrolling screen of variously sized tiles which can be dragged and arranged as the user desires.
"The movement or manipulation is very intuitive," he explains in the movie (above). "So people don't need to read any kind of manual or anything – you intuitively understand."
The phone's sounds were created by Japanese pop star Cornelius.
Above: movie demonstrating user interface
Other Infobar handsets include the C01 model, which features buttons in different colours, and the Infobar 2, an early concept for the phone designed in 2007.
Recent work by Fukasawa we've published includes a set of minimal dials to monitor air temperature, pressure and humidity and a wooden stool with a steel footrest – see all design by Naoto Fukasawa.
Other phones we've featured include a mobile that charges using the heat in your pocket and another that's powered by sugary drinks – see all mobile phones on Dezeen.