Tokujin Yoshioka (so prolific we can barely keep up) has designed the X-RAY phone for handset manufacturer KDDI's designer label iida. Like those see-through phones from childhood, but better, because in their extreme miniaturization, cell phones have many hundreds more tiny micro circuits to gape at.
At first, it was hard to tell how this works from the press photos, but after poking around on the iida site, we realized that it's a flip phone, not some insanely sophisticated all-clad see through touch screen. We're relieved—not quite a throwback, and a bit of relief. In a market that's already too diverse, the X-RAY phone has succeeded in calling a lot of attention to itself, with a form that does nothing much more than become transparent.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.