Designer: Joyce Lu


The Command: Buttons


Context: Despite technological advancement transforming how we interact with our cities and with each other, our basic needs to sleep, eat, work and get from place to place stay the same. For the last couple of decades, cities were planned for cars, paving parking lots and proposing urban freeways. In the next decades to come, urban infrastructure will go through a transformation. How will going from one point to the other be like in the near future? Will we still be accessing services from smartphones? As physical and digital worlds converge, where will user interfaces live outside our smartphones?

Product: Flui is a ride share service for conscious urban dwellers. It knows its users’ schedules and confirms a ride plans for their daily commute, helping to maximize and optimize road use in congested cities, while providing a fluid end-to-end user experience. One of its key touch points, is the Flui button, placed on desk or wall, subtly notify its users, only at the right time, if a ride should be confirmed and requested, according to his or her daily schedule.  Its form factor and visual feedback are intended to communicate fluid and elegance.  

The Command: Do What I Mean

Context: As a continuation from part 1, I explored how Flui may manifest in a broadened scope, considering a larger context of the future of urban mobility, for someone who commutes on a fixed daily routine and someone who is always on-the-go. How will Flui live, as a personal, fixed versus on-the-go solution, or in a shared public space?

Product: A fixed Flui button from part 1, will be used by Sarah, who commutes between her home at Santa Clara and her office in San Francisco, on a daily basis. John, a sales engineer, is always on-the-go, hopping from one city to another. With Flui on-the-go, a nearby registered Flui car, equipped with self-driving technology, not in used by its owner, goes to where John is and picks him up. With Flui on-the-go, John despite being a visitor, has access to shared cars from the local community.

Flui on-the-go button shares the same form as the larger fixed button at home or office. Both Flui buttons also share a consistent visual signalling behaviors (blinks & glows), while only Flui on-the-go is equipped with tactile feedback.

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