An ongoing experiment at the cutting edge of transmedia, bottom-up tech, and neighborhood storytelling. Each design brings a distinct vision to engage the public, preserve local culture, and tie to sustainable business.
Current Status: In early 2013 we held a joint design studio, half at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, and half in the Leimert Park with Kaos Networks. This fall we launch our first physical prototype.
We began by purchasing 12 old phones on eBay in the spring of 2013. Then three teams developed pitch videos, based on hardware trials, a "rap the phone" event, interviews with businesses and more. Read more about our vision. Then see how our tactics led to the prototypes. Also check out our unfolding blog posts, or catch us on Twitter.