Logi Ultra
agile peripheral for shared offices

spring term project 2019 at Umeå Institute of Design in collaboration with Logitech
9-weeks group work with Shuai Li focusing on strategic product design

Red Dot Award 2020 - best of the best
IDEA 2020 - Bronze Award
Core77 Design Award 2020 - Consumer Technology
Core77 Design Award 2020 - Tools & Work
iF Design Talent Award 2019

In cooperation with the Swiss company Logitech, a leading provider of computer peripherals and software, with the project “future agile working” we aimed to find design opportunities for future workspaces. We came up with a possible product solution for agile working in approx. five years.

It shows a feasible solution for the next generation of peripherals by bridging the gap between present and entirely screenless, remote workspaces.

Through ultrahaptics technology which enables haptic feedback in mid-air and a capacitive color e-ink touchscreen, Logi ULTRA can adapt to any use case with specific customizable layouts to fit both user and software - especially in shared offices.

A slick design with the maximum possibility of interactions - that‘s the magic of Logi ULTRA.

Electronic ink
the colour ePaper screen delivers high-contrast,
sunlight readable, low-power performance
classic logitech colour palette
German Windows keyboard layout
traditional colours
Japanese iOS keyboard layout
Fingerprint login
activate your logitech cloud profile just
by logging in by touching the fingerprint button
detecting the position of fingers
and hands in real time
Feet & grip
the concave rubber surface between
the back feet serves as a grip
Charging shelf
in shared offices the keyboards are
always available fully charged in the shelf

Logi ULTRA is a next-generation keyboard that will be adjustable to any user and software. It is perfectly designed to be installed in shared offices where many different users will interact with the product. The keyboard will adapt to the user’s ergonomics and preferences.

personalized with sticky notes, dates, contacts, personal photos, ...
custumized for OS, users‘ language, typing style, ergonomics, ...
Adobe Camera Raw
exemplaric layout for a photography software
exemplaric layout for a CAD software with 3D-mouse
Virtual meeting
interactions by virtual handshakes and gesture transmission

Our research shows that the way of working and therefore also the products that enable working will change significantly in the next decade. We can see a trend for technologies such as virtual and augmented reality which will crucially enhance our digital experiences, but also change the way we interact with digital media. Furthermore, we can see a shift in the way of working itself from the traditional stationary workplace to remote workspaces which requires a change to more flexible and portable products.

of existing jobs will move to
AI and robotics by 2025
of the US workforce is expected
to be freelancers by 2020
Remote workers struggle in forming
relationships and career development
of the workforce will consist of
digital natives (millenials) by 2025

From our research we framed some “How might we…” questions and had an intense brainstorming session in the big group. We narrowed down the collection of ideas to form more defined ideas on possible products.

How might we
create a next generation of peripherals by considering
remote working to become standard while people start to use
AR, VR and multisensory technologies in their daily life?
Design Language

We defined a visionary design language in a so called common core.

soft, tender surfaces
warm materials
seamless splitlines
no physical buttons
enabling hidden technologies
Design finalisation
Form finding
Mockup testing
2D rendering
Parametric CAD
Physical models