Dot uses the future affordances of nanotechnology to change shape for a flexible and customizable transit accessory.
This project was developed over the course of a 2 week intensive design workshop led by IDEO, at the Design School Kolding.
Dot was designed together with Kristian Larsen and Mark Seeney, as part of a process for design outlined by IDEO. We each arrived at the workshop with photographs of transportation systems in our own countries, and shared these observations with our groups. We were inspired by the communities built around cycling and skateboarding in Vancouver and in Auckland, and our question became “How might we create a culture of like-minded individuals to share transit?”
We held brainstorming sessions in groups of 3 on our pitch, adhering to IDEO’s 6 brainstorming rules. We were able to present these ideas to industry experts, whose feedback drove our development. Finally, we narrowed down our ideas and sketched, prototyped, revised and conceptualized dot.
We shot a video storyboard and augmented it with animations from After Effects to show our futuristic idea coming to life.
Dot addresses the question of how we might create a culture of like-minded riders of public transit. The design uses the future affordances of nanotechnology to change shape for a flexible and customizable transit accessory. It is wearable by any one, in any way. As the essential tool for transit (for real-time GPS bus tracking and payment,) and inspired by the accessories of cycling culture, dot serves as an icon of shared values amongst riders.