Sure, smartphones make life easier—they give us directions. Important reminders. They relieve the tedium of everyday things like grocery queues.
But what about the unanticipated side effects: With our heads, our hearts, and our hands busy with so much digital input, we’re losing the downtime we need to observe the world around us, nurture our relationships, and make new things.
So we made Higby™, a set of friendly interventions for those technological pocket distractions.
Higby™ blocks your headphones so you can tune into real life. His heart covers your camera’s eye, so you can see through your own two eyes. And Higby™’s arms hug your phone and your friend’s phone together so there aren't any screen distractions when you're spending time together.
Higby™ is an experiment in using design and technology to make delightful, useful, and valuable new things possible for people—something that’s central to all of the experiences we create at Wolff Olins. We hope you like Higby™ and the head, heart, and hands that make him up. Most of all, we hope you make the most of your time with friends and family this holiday season.