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SYNTHESIS - Maia's Phone by fox-orian SYNTHESIS - Maia's Phone by fox-orian
Just experimenting with something different. While this doesn't have any specific bearing on the development of Synthesis, it was just something I was planning on having fun with sooner or later.

Some good ol' industrial design-esque drawings of the phone that appears in the much older "thesis" pages seen [link] , [link] , and [link]
- it's funny looking back at those pages because I kept drawing the phone off-scale from panel to panel. It's so small on page 5!

The original phone was just a quick on-the-spot idea, but I always wanted to do a real drawing of it to hone in the design. Despite being drawn back in 2008, it resembled a bit like the Zune HD - [link] -- even though the Zune HD was not released for more than a year later. Even my original concepts for the phones UI appeared similar to the new minimal approaches taken by MS with Windows Mobile 7 - [link]

I always liked the idea of the phone being white in color and the UI elements just "appear" as black or grayscale graphics. No backlights, no shadows cast by the LCD, no slowness like e-Paper, this is just some made-up screen technology. I also particularly like the fact that the screen ACTUALLY WRAPS AROUND the TOP of the phone to the back. That's why there's a clock visible on the back, and a running ticker on the top. I always thought it would be cool that, while the phone is in your pocket and you get a call, you can peek into your pocket and see who's calling via the topside ticker without even taking the phone out.

The phone is actually one of the higher end models that can be found in the world of Synthesis. Which is interesting, because compared to phones we have, this phone is actually more primitive, or rather, has design elements reminiscent of more retro technology [the mic holes on the FACE of the phone, for example, and the hard angles of the battery cover on the back -- looks like an 80's TV Remote.] This is the sort of technology the story has. It's technology we're used to, yet it can do some things considerably better than the phones we're used to, yet at the same time, do other things notably worse. For instance, this is a touch-screen phone reminiscent of many todays Smart Phones like the iPhone and Droid etc. Yet, it has the feature set of a very basic phone -- messaging, making calls, maybe some light media features like music and picture viewing. However no internet, apps, all that stuff. I liked the idea that the phones were more advanced at doing what they were designed to do -- make calls to people. Not designed as mini computers in your pocket. [Also, story wise I feel that giving Maia TOO advanced of a phone opens up too many "easy" solutions for story telling.]

Also, the phone BENDING to answer it was always an interesting idea I had ever since I got the first iPhone back in 2007. Imagine holding it, and when you get a call, just press in the center of the screen to "bend" it in your hand, then raise it to talk. I'm not sure what the practical applications of this would be, aside from MAYBE being easier to hold against your face, I just thought it would be cool.
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prabhdeepsingh7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Microsoft Surface with windows 8 Pro and RT specification: [link]
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LEON-001 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Artist
what did you use to make this model, i have an amazing idea but lack any and all artistic talent so drawing is out of the equation for me XC
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha photoshop, this is 100% hand drawn.
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LEON-001 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Artist
c(T_Tc) you had to say that. . . . now i feel like there's even less hope for my ideas
CURSE MY INABILITY TO HAVE ANY TALENT WHAT SO EVER
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CadenceXofXmusic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i so want that phone.
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ATLA-fan22 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could be the future of Windows Phone
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StarWarsDudeV Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
That's a sweet looking cell phone
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nguyenhuanglong Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
i love it!
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stitchpunkz Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
I really like this phone design
If it was real, I would get it

Not just because it has a neat, simple design, but because it does what it's supposed to do
Making calls
No plethora of unused apps, no everywhere internet, no tiny little laptops which aren't really good for anything but goofing around with (I don't see anyone writing their book report on a smarthphone)

It's so simple and looks really easy to use

I know it's designed for your story, but if a manufacturer ever sees it and gets crazy enough to make it, I would get it XD
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endgameRO Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Impressive. I like this phone. It is exactly what I would want from a phone. To evolve it's core functions. I never understood why people use smartphones. I always considered them useless. And overpriced. I myself own a Nokia 6070. I like how it looks, how it feels and the battery's power. But I admit I would want something that works and looks like what you draw here. It would be my most prized possession. Just after my 2nd gen iPod Nano. :))
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jpbbantigue Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Nice, sleek, clean design :D I like it.
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SpikeBandicoot93 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
This is very unique and I like how you did the sides and the examples of how will it work. I wish I could do that. Nicely done. And I hope you graphic novel becomes a success and I'm looking forward to it=)
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Double-Echo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Lovely.

Perhaps it could use an advanced flexible OLED-mixed-with-ePaper type of technology, including some sort of capacitive touchscreen.

I kinda like the idea of the "bending" idea, but then I have to say I think it might be possible for it to activate in a person's pocket by being pressed against the pelvis. But eh... maybe not.

Innovation by relative primitivism? I like it. Nice, simple and clean.
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Double-Echo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Also, I think I'd put a small solar panel on the back to help with charging it. Assuming your comic is in the future (I haven't read any of it, nor know what/where it is or could be found. Probably on your website?) then I'd also assume that they (hopefully) have much more efficient photovoltaic technology to make it a viable way to charge a single handheld device (such as a phone) practically quickly (less than 4 hours?) in a small-enough package to fit such a slim/small device.
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Double-Echo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student General Artist
whoops. "idea of the idea". derp.
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
I wish this was real. I would buy one.
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paundpro Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excelente diseņo futurista!
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
i'd love to have that :)
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devistator23 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
i dont have alot of money but i will pay you $200 bucks for that phone.....

is it capatable with Verizon?
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tauttvisz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
What did u use to draw this?
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dalcarobo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm in love guys! D8
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LeoNz192 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
I Like it :D, the presentation xD superb, thanks for uploading
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cloneddragon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man dose a simple phone sound good right now (the Win7 phones looking good)

really like the design, simple and effective but keeps a seance of style to it. (more company's should take note of this)
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Alpha1ance Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
I WANT ONE!! lol
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Shough Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
nice work ! looks good
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clindhartsen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Truth be told, I own a Zune HD and something alike to this would be a great phone for one simple reason: It's true to it's purpose. It would put what's important straight forward, without the gloss, without the gradients, without the stale placement, that is widespread with the Android and iPhones.

If I could afford it, I'd make the jump to a smart phone with a Windows Phone because the UI is there to present information, but not to throw your mind to chaos with colors all over the place, gradients to distract, and shiney icons all over.

I really like your design, and the bend does seem like a good way to have it answer/hang up alike to the classic flip phones, plus fit better against the head.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I will get a WP7 phone eventually. I'm not getting it off the bat because I want to let the platform mature a little bit. I never buy FIRST generation products, it's a bad idea.
For now I'm getting along great with Android 2.2, since it's fully featured enough with most of its kinks worked out from first launch in 2008. Getting a WP7 phone in 2011 or 2012 will only be better.
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WhispersxDreaming Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Okay, when's this going on sale? /jk :D

But, seriously, it's so cool. I love how you've gone the 'simple is better' route, rather than creating a super-high-tech,
super-complicated smart-phone that nobody needs.

Although, there is one thing that's bothering me. Why is the arrow button partially cut off? To me, it looks kind of strange, but that that's just my opinion, of course. I just thought I'd mention it.
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FRZ3D Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Nice design, nice concept!

I like the 45deg flip, this can be useful for "sun light" (sry gor the english)
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seishoujo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Cool :meow:
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bdevries Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
nice. like prop design for animation. I was able to see the usefulness of this first-hand when I interned at King of the Hill. All props that were used by the characters needed to be designed and were always referenced alongside either Hank's hand, or his body (depending on the scale of the prop). This was used by the storyboard artists for purposes of prop scale and design consistency since the storyboards for any given show were drawn by several different artists. fun times. :D

I really love the thoughtful details of your work.
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qwerty8669 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
the screen can be done, would be two small screens that would interlock when straight though. extremely small beveled edges on the meeting edges would prevent cracking.

i also hate that our phones are becoming more than ways to vocally communicate with people.

i see that as tech becomes more advanced we tend to move away from truly communicating with people.

look at the internet, when it first began you couldn't call anyone cause you were typing to someone online.
( though i think the interwebs are what you make them now)
Now people have cell phones they don't take calls on because they would rather just send you a text, i have a very basic phone, i meet people when i am waiting to be seated for dinner. i have learned alto from people i will never see again,whose name i never knew, but whose conversations helped pass time and bring a smile to my face.

i could have been playing apps or watching some kid do somethi9ng stupid on youtube........ take value in what you hold valuable
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isaloveanime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
i... want that phone
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Frenchpotatoe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
I've got lot of things to say :

- The whole design is great and simple, as (personnaly) I want a phone to be u.u
- The "just words in UI" I love. I don't know why a lot of phone UI conceptors love to put awful colors, disgusting shadows and horrible "selecting squares" (a square around the icons, for those who want precisions), while words in good font are prettier and much more clear.
- Top screen ticker : just awesome

But there's some "but" :

- The look at the seperation between the top and the bottom of the phone worried me. It looks very breakable, and (personnaly, again x}) I want a phone that could resist a quite long time, without any "hell, I've got two phones now???"
(Besides, I don't know if it's really useful :/)
- (Personnaly, again, and the last, I promise) : Don't put camera and music on the phone. For the music : ok if you create anything that doesn't disturb you while listening your favorite mozart's song (or a user-friendly option like "ok disturb-me whenever you want/if you do that your a dead processor")
For the camera : I'm not James Bond, so I don't need to take a picture of the hidden nuke in Siberia, without being suspected to be Mr.Bond

But if that phone come to our reality (and if it's not too expensive), I'll buy it :)
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Qalien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I always wondered what Maia's phone looked like up close.

This is a super cool design! I want one :(
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Halfingr Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Student Interface Designer
This is a pretty legit concept. The screen reminds me of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the asymmetrical angled design reminds me of the UI from Halo: ODST. I'd definitely buy it; very professional. Although I'm not too keen on the headphone jack being on the side. You'd want it on the bottom, especially since it bends.

BTW, is this a 3D render? It looks like it could almost be.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh also, no, this is not a 3D render. Straightup sketch in photoshop.
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Halfingr Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Dang! THIS is pretty legit for just a sketch! =P
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it would probably be better on the bottom. Hmmmmm....
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Enderx30 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one badass phone, though I think it would the joint would make it kind of fragile.

I would still pay infinite funds to get this phone, though. Great job.
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Azzen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For centuries we've waited for one who can master the art of phonebending.
Now that dream has come true.
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iamhalfaccurate Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
lol
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Student General Artist
It's so clean, beautiful, and wonderfully simple. Can... Can I have this phone? Please?

*starts saving* Seriously, your designs are absolutely wonderful, man. I love its clean edges. It gives off a very tight, futuristic feel, despite lacking a couple features you'd find in a modern "smartphone".

Also, you've gt a great point. I like my phones to be just for talking and texting. No more, no less. Call me old-fashioned, but I'll be fine- even without a camera on my phone. I can get camera for that, thankyouverymuch. ^__^
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alsebka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Student
looks better than iphone 3gs :D
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tokarnia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Great Product design! :love:
Loved the typos used there by the way!
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The primary font is an international font called "M+"

Sometimes also named "M-Plus"
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tokarnia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thank you :dance:
I will look for it
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