This project is the second part of a five-part series, each containing prototypes for my thesis at Parsons.
The series is called 5-in-5, which means that I do 5 projects in 5 days (one each day).
The constraint is that I have to conceptualize, prototype, and document in the same day.
For today's project, I have prototyped a research idea of privatizing a smartphone through use of native apps.
I conducted a one-day test using my phone (iPhone) and limited my usage to selective 20 applications.
My findings and observations are documented in this post.
Information shared through mobile devices is considered private if it's done through the native OS applications. For an iPhone, this means using the default Mail app instead of downloading Outlook, say.
This is important because Apple can control our privacy and data on the iPhone as long as we use just the native apps. If I use Instagram (and I do), then, Apple has no control over the data that gets shared on Instagram and its servers.
Based on this idea, I created a prototype of a limited phone usage ritual guided by a wallpaper.
The following images describe my assessment of the app usage based on the data from the Screen Time iOS app.
The data is based on my use of the phone from 8 am to 8 pm today.
There were two main parts to this project:
1. Conceptualize: I correlated the work of Bill Moggridge in thinking about TV remotes with the abundance of apps on our phones. I thought about the exposure to our personal data through use of third-party apps and then created a model of restricting my phone usage to the default apps and some other essential ones, to see if I can limit my exposure.
2. Prototype: I created a custom wallpaper for my phone and moved the essential list of 20 apps on a separate screen so that I use only those during the day.