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Light Phone II – Silver Prize in product design

Design: Light (Kaiwei Tang – co-founder & CEO, Joe Hollier – co-founder)

Photo credits: Light


Light Phone II is a simple, 4G LTE phone with a beautiful black & white E-ink display. Light Phone II is designed to be used as little as possible, featuring essential tools such as calling, messaging, and an alarm clock (with more to come, such as ride-sharing and music), allowing us to leave our smartphones at home more often. Light empowers us to gain freedom from the endless feeds and alerts from our smartphones, and will never have social media, emails, or data-tracking. The Light Phone II is available in both black and light gray matte colors, which match the lightest and darkest shade of the E-ink (electronic paper) display. The E-ink display is comparable to other e-reader devices and is characterized by its low power requirements, strong viewing contrast and durability. It eliminates the need for a backlight and the harmful blue light of traditional LCD phone screens, easing eye strain, and is fully legible in direct sunlight. The screen automatically illuminates the interface when viewing in low light. Light Phone II is designed to be lightweight, splash-resistant, and small enough that it fits in your pocket. It uses a custom Light OS operating system with a Micro USB charging port and headphone jack. All of the tools available for Light Phone II are custom designed for Light OS and built with intentionality to accomplish specific tasks without any infinite scrolling or advertisements getting in the way. Using the web-based Dashboard, users have full control over adding or removing tools they deem essential. So that users can “go light” more often (or forever), tools in development include: directions, calculator, music player and ride-sharing. Light Phone II provides a way out from the constant consumption we are inundated with, and helps us get back to appreciating tangible experiences and regain meaning and purpose in our day-to-day lives. It encourages us to leave our smartphones behind from time to time as a refreshing and freeing tool, without feeds or notifications. It’s not about an object to acquire, but a methodology to be exercised daily.