Figures of Speech Year: 2015 Materials: Stainless steel, electronics Figures of speech is a concept for a record- and play product that makes the experience of listening to a message physical.
I once heard about a study that stated deaf people are lonelier than blind people.
While our world is logically based on the visual, I think the voice of someone that is special to us is something magical because there is no filter. It has no encrypting aspect, like words on a screen have, it is not as interpretative as a photo because there are spoken words and the sound itself is wrapped in a personal emotion. Our communication is so incredibly fast and the endless possibilities of media with which we can send a message to someone, makes that it is impossible to frame a message that is beautiful and special.
Both functions, recording and playing, are connected to GPS. When recorded, the coordinates of the place are documented so the message can only be played on the place where it is recorded. In this way, the voice becomes a personal caption to the environment in which it is played. It fits easily in the pocket so that it can easily be carried as an amulet and underlines the physical aspect of it.
In this way it could become a product that is given to someone on a special occasion. Or something to create a travel path with, for someone else, laid out with audio. It could become a documentation of a certain period in your life. Or it could be someone's last message.
Figures of speech is therefore a product that puts the message on a pedestal. The messages or single message on it will never be caught up in the endless stream of your daily communication.