artefact: see what you print touchscreen printer concept
sep 23, 2011
artefact: see what you print touchscreen printer concept


the ‘see what you print’ (‘SWYP’) printer concept by artefact group
all images © doug evans

simplicity and intuitive navigation are behind the design of the ‘see what you print’ (‘SWYP’) touchscreen printer
concept by jonas buck, fernd van engelen, and tucker spofford of seattle-based design consultants artefact group.

a simple paper tray folds onto the top of the printer for storage when not in use; the action of stowing it away
or pulling it out likewise serves at the on/off switch.

a customizable start screen offers options such as ‘scan page’, ‘scan stack [of multiple pages]‘, ‘scan to photoshop’,
or one-click navigation to photographs stored on the user’s photo networks, ranging from wirelessly connected cameras
and computers to picasa, facebook, and flickr. an image can be printed by dragging it onto the active print area,
where margins, scaling, cropping, and colour conditions all automatically calibrated to the printer settings can be previewed
and edited. the screen responds to intuitive gestures like rotating or pulling and pinching for size manipulation,
and multiple photos can be composited into the active area and then printed with a single click.  the device also permits
basic image editing. selecting the ink icon at the top of the screen reveals the inside of the printer, including information
about the ink level and currently inserted paper type.


video demo of the ‘SWYP’ concept


view of the device with paper tray and scanning panel open


view from side


profile view


device with paper tray closed


view of navigation screen


image editing and print preview


intuitive gesture commands are used to set margins and crop images for printing


unfolding the paper tray serves to turn on the printer


replacing ink cartridges


the device offers intuitive one-click viewing of information such as ink levels and paper type


detail view of construction

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