We have a winner! It took a bit longer than expected to come out with the results, but ladies and gentleman the final decisions are made [insert drums here]…
It is a pleasure to announce Real Time Chat by the Brazilian designer Layla Cavalcante as the winner of the competition. The project has been awarded with USD$1000 cash and we’re looking for a venue to exhibit it (if you are interested on exhibiting please contact me). Aside from the winner, the jury gave a honorary mention to the project Powdered Neem as Fast Food Condiment by Jude Genilo, Rahman Faizur Rafique and Ommul Fatema from the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.
And without further ado, the projects:
First Prize: Real Time Chat
How would you describe your proposal?
Using social media’s vocabulary my proposal is to make people start real-time conversations.
My project consists of a simple “add-on” patch that can be placed on your headphones. Each patch consists of a instant message status such as Online, Free for Chat and Busy. These patches are made of magnet and can be easily changed.
Imagine you are on the subway going home, while you are listening to your own music you can also be “Available” this is an opportunity to get to know people around you. It is also a great way to integrate the immigrant population because immigrants will have a opportunity to find out who is “Free for chat”.
What problem you are addressing?
Integrating the immigrant population.
What does it fix and how?
The problem I am addressing to is loneliness and how technology can close us inside our own world. I plan on solving it by making people interact more with their surroundings. Not only immigrants will benefit from it, everyone will.
I often see people on first world always using cellphones, facebook, ipods and my project is a simple solution that will build upon this behavior and bring people back to the real-world.
What makes it important?
It is a facilitator to start conversations. Communication is the most important form of interaction.
Imagine an immigrant living far away, on his way home he will now have the opportunity to start conversations, making the journey quicker and also interact with people around him in order to practice his english. It will be a win-win situation if the person talking to him was very lonely and spend most of his time with virtual friends.
How do the photos or renderings illustrate the concept?
I illustrated my concept with a modern poster. I tried to apply elements that are being used on the internet today to bring the attention of people that are into eletronics.
Minimal layout, illustrations, and soft colors.