The growing trend of users Jailbreaking their smart phones has snowballed, especially in the US, growing to over 1million users. Consequently US Congress has declared that Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod is legal.
This fact alone illustrates how user’s relationships with their phones has developed into a desire for customization beyond the ‘Garden Wall’ of the manufacture’s approved App’s and design aesthetic guidelines.
I intend to use this relevant insight to respond and develop this project’s graphic communication outcome.
Previous ideas and sketches have most definitely inspired me to start thinking about my outcome with a more abstract and creative mindset. Although my latest ideas considered the use of Quick Read Tags (QR tags), #tagged Twitter content and possible augmented reality animation to reveal hidden content through a tablet or smart phone. I am concerned that these idea tangents are too far removed from my original project intentions and lack a construction/deconstruction element. Not to mention ambitious technical obstacles.
Instead of pursuing these ideas further into a project outcome, I have uploaded abstracts of a recent article I have been reading, which provides a step by step guide to ‘Jailbreaking’ an iPhone. This article, published in ‘iPhone Volume 4; Tips, Tricks, Apps & Hacks 2011’ highlights the growing trend of users seeking personal customization of their mobiles by altering the phone’s operating system. This trend, known as ‘Jailbreaking’, allows users to download custom fonts, colours, themes, graphics and applications onto their smart phone, enabling the user freedom of expression & individualism away from the design aesthetic restrictions of the manufacturer.