Why does new technology need to be smaller and have more features to be better? Why are so many gadgets so soulless that we are happy replacing them with new ones after only a year? Nicolas Roope thinks we both can and should design products that age beautifully so that we cherish them for a lifetime.
Roope is the founder of Hulger, the 'retro' telephone handsets that plug into your computer or mobile phone so that you can make digital calls with old-fashioned style. He is also one of the creative directors and co-founders of digital agency, Poke.
The Hulger handsets are more than just a clever gimmick though, and the philosophy behind them reveals a deeper understanding of culture and technology. In this Core77 Broadcast, Andy Polaine interviews Roope about Hulger's 'wear in, not wear out' motto and the need for a sense of wit and charm--not only in the design of physical products, but also digital services.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.