Internet-of-Things answering machine from 1992, with marbles

Durrell Bishop's 1992 grad project for his design program at the Royal College of Art was a brilliantly conceived riff on the answering machine, making use of physical, legible interfaces that made a point of exposing the conceptual workings of the device to its users.

Durrell Bishop is a partner in Luckybite with Tom Hulbert, working on physical interfaces, product design and interactive media. Prior to this he was a senior interaction designer at IDEO Europe. He co-founded Itch, which won a D&AD Gold award for large-scale work on the Science Museum Welcome Wing, and he was a partner in Dancing Dog, working on camera-based interfaces to computer games.

Durrell Bishop’s Marble Answering Machine (via Timo Arnall)


  1. & you didn’t make this why??!?!! solid gold idea, totally feasible in 1992!! you could be chillin on a beach in hawaii right now mr Durrell Bishop!!

    edit: just saw jere7my’s post, excellent point

    1. I tried to make a whiteboard an integral part of my workflow once upon a time.
      It only takes one utter jerk (or a normally nice person in a fit of insanity) to destroy a lot of stuff, no more santa. Come to think of it some earthquake tremor mitigation would be useful too. But, it will work underwater!

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