Brian Dys Sahagun
Product Design Lead at Voyager Innovations and Founder of DysineLab
What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?
The user interface team at Chikka has managed to incorporate a vital step in the design process. Before, sketches and wire frames were sidestepped in the process of developing web products. Now we have shared the knowledge with product developers that those are important in every project.
Recently, the design team is conceptualizing on a new Chikka Text Messenger branding.
As you very well know, the phone and mouse icons aren’t up with the times already. Mobile phones have shed its antenna and keypad; the mouse, well pretty much some still look the same.
What is Chikka Text Messenger?
Chikka Text Messenger or CTM helps Filipinos abroad communicate thru SMS with their families and friends here in Philippines (PH). Basically, if you’re abroad, you text your mom (in PH) thru CTM app using Wi-Fi or data then she receives it as plain SMS. But if she’s also using CTM app and is online, then she receives the text thru the app like instant messenger.
The Balloon Ear
We started the branding redesign by this square icon:
From here, I simply extracted the message balloon. The resulting icon, also shaped like an ear, embodies communication from end to end – you speak and the recipient listens and vice versa.
Chikka created the world’s first instant messenger for online chat to integrate mobile features via SMS. In 2000 the very first version of Chikka Text Messenger™ was tested for launch by its very first mobile operator partner Smart Communications.~ Source
It’s Chikka’s 14th anniversary today. Just a mere 2 years after its inception, I was jamming with Luna – simply unaware that one day I would be part of this solidly Filipino company.
Chikka version 6 is currently under development. The best way to describe its being is taking your smartphone and putting it in front of your desktop computer (that’s how Mikey demoed it). Think of it as your phone inside your desktop computer or tablet.
It shows the Message Inbox instantly with your text and voice messages. Yes, you can send real-time voice messages thru Chikka. There’s also Contacts — just like your regular smartphone or mobile phone.