Email, Reduced to A Series of Tubes

This is totally flowing my mind.

Developed by Dean McNamee and Filippo Cuttica of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (they have freaking schools for interaction design in Denmark. I was totally born in the wrong country), Go with the Flow is a new way to visualize email. Built of tubes and wires, the contraption filters your incoming emails into three cylinders – work, family, and friends – and colours them accordingly. That’s kind of neat on its own, but here’s where it gets interesting: you actually haven’t received any emails yet. They’re just backed up and chillin’. To receive emails, you operate valves beneath each tube, allowing water to trickle down into a physical inbox. Depending on how far you’ve opened a valve, you’ll receive a proportional amount of emails from that category.

Practical? Of course not – and it’s not supposed to be. “The concept,” says Cuttica of the device, “even if meant to be a statement object, helps people working from home better divide their personal and work lives. This creates a liquid membrane instead of a solid barrier.” Sexy.

[Via Yanko Design]

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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