Playful Notification Device Avoids Beeping Alarms by Blowing a Bubble Instead

After a weekend of sleeping in and doing whatever you like, it's no fun adhering to a calendar come Monday. The design and consulting firm IDEO NY figured that the dreaded day would be a perfect candidate for an image overhaul. Created for Studio 360's Redesigns series, the team – Karin Soukup, Erika Lee,Top Tulyathorn, and Ingrid Fetell – came up with the delightful idea, Notifly.

Notifly is a device that sits on your desk and lets you know when you have a meeting. But, instead of an obnoxious beep or buzz, it blows a bubble! The lighthearted, playful act will definitely make you smile and, for a moment, forget that you're at work. This fun concept is one way that IDEO NY is trying to turn your Mondays into Mon-yays.

The bubbling device also pairs with PopUP, a calendar app that looks at your appointments and draws attention to opportunities for joy. It might point out that you're getting together with a friend you haven't seen in a while, or that there's a meteor shower happening around bedtime. The app's design features colorful, animated polka dots intended to remind us that time is a collection of moments and each moment is an opportunity for joy.

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via [Swissmiss and aesthetics of joy]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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