Exploring the coexistence of the digital and natural world within UI/UX
2017 saw Yosemite National Park install six new cell towers. The base of the Grand Canyon has LTE coverage. Technology and non-stop connectivity has been seeping into the places we rely on to escape precisely these invasive aspects of contemporary society. As the last remote areas disappear and more and more of our essential tools are integrated into connected devices, how do we get off the grid when the grid is everywhere we go?
Away proposes a different approach, one where we don't
have to throw our phones into the Colorado River, but one
where we also don't have to be distracted by notifications while camping next to it. By isolating essential tools and prioritizing connections to the people and places that really matter, Away can preserve one of our most important commodities: escape.
Everything you need to plan
your escape in one place
Stay in the loop while
staying in the moment.
Focus on what matters and
get away from it all.
Do what needs doing before your trip - pick your trail, scout campsites, make sure your pack has enough room for water - so that you can go off the grid when it really matters.
Trek Mode limits access to every part of your phone that you don't need so that you can disconnect while maintaining access to essentials like a compass, emergency whistle, and weather alerts.
How many features remain accessible and how much you unplug is up to you.
Choose people to keep updated during your trip without ever pressing the send button. Away will keep your people updated with daily checkins, GPS confirmation that you're on schedule, and photos from the trail. The only time Away will interrupt you is if there's a serious emergency - otherwise, you'll forget your phone even exists.