My first job after college was as a contractor for Motorola’s iDEN (push-to-talk) division through my employer HumanCentric. From the beginning of 2008 until that summer, I was the main designer for the iDEN division and so I worked on screen-based media on four different phones.
During this time, I created theme packs to match each phone’s color, material, and finish (CMF) as well as the technical and regular marketing teams’ requests. All of my theme packs started with choosing an existing wallpaper from central Consumer Experience Design’s files and then optimizing and editing it to fit the specific phone’s CMF.
I spent many weeks optimizing Arabic and Hebrew bitmap fonts for the last pre-Android flagship iDEN phone, the i9/Stature. For the same phone, I also designed an idle screen notification interface from the technical writing of the interface specification to the final production graphics. It was a very collaborative experience and I worked directly with human factors specialists, software developers, and technical marketers.
Since iDEN was somewhat isolated from Motorola’s central CXD group, I was given a lot of leeway in creating my own concepts and designs, based on existing media. Below is the result of that time period.