Designer, artist and feminist Molly McLeod has an iPhone problem. It’s one we probably all share: We spend too much time staring at it. Imagine how much worse it’s going to get when we replace our neurotic iPhone obsession with an Apple Watch.
McLeod created four delightfully playful designs that we could use to remind us (with a healthy dose of irony) to stop staring at our tiny screens for a moment.
“I find myself habitually looking at my phone when I’m commuting or idly waiting for something,” she writes on her website, “so I thought I would make my phone give me this gentle reminder. There are always other interesting things to look at if you look up!”
McLeod is a 2014 Code for America Fellow who lives in Long Beach, Calif. She focuses on helping good causes get out from under bad design as well as making documentaries, board games and public art projects. She wants to use design to empower people to improve their communities, which translates pretty well into helping us all get just a bit less connected to our digital screens.
If you need a reminder to connect more with the people you love or to stop taking stupid photos with your iPhone, her images might be just what you need to see when you power up your little magic rectangle from Cupertino.
You can grab all the designs on McLeod’s website to start your iPhone rehab, and be sure to check back in after the Apple Watch comes out in April — doubtless someone with this kind of positive wit will be able to help us there, too.