The Fono is an interactive DJ table for young people in public areas. The music source is any mobile phone with a speaker, it get its power from solar energy and is ‘vandalism-proof’.
Some people are afraid of young loitering people and tend to have a negative perspective on them. But with this product young people are positively challenged to be creative and musical. They get to do something they love.
On the Fono young people can mix their own music of choice. They can apply music effects, scratch a sound, make a loop, or mix two songs at the same time. The Fono amplifies the sound from a phone speaker, without the need for the user to connect any cables or complex bluetooth connections.
This project was the result of my final thesis at Yalp for my study Industrial Design. I build a small prototype with which I did usability testing with real users. After evaluating the results from this test I designed an improved interface, of which parts are now being implemented in the design.
The Fono has won the Red Dot Design Award in 2014.