Renderings of one of my concepts for a DAB Radio design.
The most important question that I asked myself during the project was, why did the digital radio need to be so complicated to use?
So instead of multiple buttons to enable settings - I’ve got back to the basics and made a large tuning dial in the front and the volume control on the side - made of beech and birch respectively to give a pleasant warm feedback to the user. All the dials are intentionally made oversized in order to direct the user to engage with the device and yet not be obtrusive at the same time with the simple and clean colour palette.
I felt it was very important to give a physical feedback to turning the tuning dial, so I’ve incorporated the tuning needle and sorted alphabetically allows the user to dial into their favourite channels whilst visually being able to track the movement.
Also the radio often is used as a device in the background and in times you will want to control where the sound is going and by being able to direct the sound yourself - there’s something very sweet that volume control alone doesn’t give.