Out of the Box: A Simple & Intelligent Instruction Manual

Out of the Box: A Simple & Intelligent Instruction Manual

Gregory Han
May 21, 2010

As much as we love tech, there is a segment of the population who loathes the introduction of something new simply for the fact technology's inherent complexity in most consumer products is multiplying with every new release. Asking your mom or grandparent to navigate your Android phone or to access your converted video files on you PS3 can be like them asking you to churn butter. But half the battle could be won with improved instructions included with any device, as shown by designer Clara Gaggero, Adrian Westaway and graphic designer Jaakko Tuomivara.

Out of the Box is a simple yet effective solution for cell phone users who have difficulties with learning to use their new handset. For older people, this experience can be particularly frustrating as they apply analogue modes of learning to the digital experience - looking in the box for help that simply is not there.

The system works much like a children's book where the instructions surround the embedded smart phone, so new users can refer easily to step by step instructions. The idea and execution is so obviously simple and ingenious, the only limitations we can see in regards to this solution is the size of the product. But the idea seems perfectly suited for smaller handheld devices and might help Grandpa jump ahead into the 21st century with his new HTC EVO 4G handset so he can get his tech on.

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