Response to “Re-designing the smartphone Dial-Pad”

Sajid presents a very interesting picture of the dial pad throughout history. The fact that it has remained unchanged since 1963 is kind of crazy to think about. In the beginning, the dial pad was more circular due to the ability of the phones that it existed within. He breaks down the logical reasons for the dialpad existing as it is and as it was.

One might not realize all of the testing that went into designing the current layout. I think this is so interesting to see. Think about if the layout that exists today would have been less popular. It would be a completely different experience than what we commonly see today.

To see the number of how many people use primarily their right hand to dial the phone doesn’t surprise me. I use my right hand to dial most of the time since it is the most convenient way to do this. In most iPhones, the most natural region remains to the bottom left and bottom center of the phone. This creates a problem when we think about the current dial pad which spans all the way from one side of the phone to the other.

Seeing Sajid’s new concepts for the dial pad really puts into perspective how we need to update the dial pad. I could visualize the dial pad being different since the placement is what would change overall. I am interested in participating in this research. I didn’t realize how long we have been going on for with the current version. It’s been 40 years and I think it is naturally a good idea to assess the practicality of the current dialpad.

Many ideas seem like they are finalized. But the great thing about design is that it’s always changing. This is why designers need to be open minded to change and able to adapt to the surrounding digital world.

Overall, I enjoyed reading about Sajid’s new concept for the dialpad. I am glad to see that as designers, we are reacting to these modes of communication in a way to reenvision them for a more functionable experience.

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