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.