The user interface is the bridge between car and driver. It allows for seamless integration, and therefore needs to be seamlessly integrated itself. Polestar engineers and designers spend a lot of time incorporating the user interface into the car as naturally as possible.
Oddly enough, they take it out of the car to do this. Polestar’s interaction design team have built rigs to test each and every interaction and function of the user interface, from the radio to the home screen menu and everything in between. Hand-drawn sketches, iPads, wireflows, post-it notes, and at least one wall that looks like something out of the first season of True Detective, the system’s functionality is tested from every angle. From accessing the 360° camera to booking a table via voice command, the interaction design team and their rigs make it possible.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
A core principle of sustainability is future-proofing. Keeping items in use saves energy and reduces waste, as they’re thrown away or replaced less often. There are any number of ways to ensure a product doesn’t become obsolete. Durable materials. Timeless design. And OTA software updates, like the latest one available for Polestar 2.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.