Joe Burger

Are smartphones too smart?




Phones are taking over our world, our brains, and our lives. And while the revolution can be categorized as a glow up, there’s something weird and slightly terrifying about it. Concept a new mobile device that provides for a radical departure from the current oversaturated smartphone experience and fights back against overconnectivity.  


For the past few years, I’ve been searching for a way out of smartphone land. But feature phones are just too bare bones. Influenced by the research of the Center for Humane Technonlogy︎ and the writing of author Nicolas Carr︎, I put together a concept brand and product for my ideal “dumb” phone. Made with a high resolution e-ink screen and running on a custom Android Rom with fixed apps, DUM is the phone that has only what you need and nothing you don’t.

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