Issue 118: July 05, 2018
The 22 Review is our way of sharing the interesting, exciting and thought-provoking things we come across each week. We pick the best 2 finds and add in a little extra something too. Enjoy!
Designed by Mexican product designer Isa Velarde, the Textura brings classy, sleek design to a phone for the visually impaired.
Relying on a screen replacement surface that is made for braille (rather than conventional screens), the phone comes with a slim form factor with a large black dynamic planar surface that forms bumps to create pieces of data, much like any regular phone would.
It even comes with a headphone jack so that the blind can have personalised audio feedback. And all that in a design so slick and neat, you wouldn’t even notice that this is actually a mobile phone without a screen!
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Billy Searle is the creator of Mylo - a spherical games controller designed to help people with disabilities improve their mental fitness and dexterity levels. The idea was inspired by Billy’s sister, Jess, who has cerebral palsy.
Billy came up with the concept of Mylo as a solution to help people like Jess improve muscle memory and ultimately overcome barriers and become more independent. Mylo has features that include a spinning dial, a microphone, speakers, light sensors and illuminated buttons to create a fun and interactive experience, whilst also improving the user’s motor skills, the speed in which they process information and also their hand-eye coordination.
The product connects to an app that has a series of games, helping users to replicate real-world situations such as turning a tap on or opening a jar to improve their muscle memory. This differs from other games controllers which encourage the user to focus on the screen, rather than the physical interaction.
This week we've got a bunch to share with you, so grab your snacks!
Next week we have a trade show near Leeds where we'll be exhibiting both our Nimble and Mobu product range, as well as a new secret project we've been working on the past 6 months (more on that soon...)! So we've been pulling all the extra hours the past few weeks to make sure we're ready for the event.
The past couple of months we've been testing out the way we share material on Instagram, so I'd like to ask you your thoughts! Check out the profile by visiting instagram.com/version22design and let us know what you'd like to see more of.
Finally, we've just this week launched episode 4 of the Rooot podcast, and this time we talk about a stationery piece that all offices need! The Post-It Note was invented by accident but now has a place in every desk drawer. We talk about who designed it, how it came to market, and its many uses today.
Until next week,
Simon & Lee
Version 22 Team