Graphic design: Tom Hingston’s universal language

There is nothing ‘purely decorative, or unnecessary’ in the new mobile phone interface created by Tom Hingston

Tom Hingston

A unique, entirely graphic mobile phone interface has been created by British designer Tom Hingston. The system was designed for the Æ+Y phone, made by Copenhagen-based company Æsir in collaboration with Yves Behar. The symbols – more than 50 of them – enable the phone’s operating system to be universally understood.

Beyond the functional purpose, Hingston has said that the interface gives the phone “design purity” because there is nothing “purely decorative, or unnecessary”.

Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album

Tom Hingston: Studied at Central St Martins, London. Founded the Tom Hingston Studio in 1997.

His work in music, fashion and film includes the title sequences for Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Anna Karenina (2012), and design for Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album.

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