Meet the designer

Meet the designer

Jyri Turunen is a Finnish designer with a knack for innovative digital concepts. While the man has implemented a dozen unique services for public transit, shopping centers, trade expos and city-wide smart bike routes, his bread and butter used to involve adventuring around the world before becoming a concept designer.

How did you end up designing concepts for companies and entire cities?

While walking from Sweden to the US, or riding a kick sledge back and forth across Europe, and through China, your mind begins to wander. You’re all by yourself in the middle of nowhere, you block out all external elements while your body is droning away a repetitive task. This is when all you have are your thoughts.

After passing hundreds of cities and reporting my observations to the Finnish or Chinese mainstream media, I started to take personal notes of what I’d seen. Even when technology advances in all fields, one thing never changes: people’s interest in their surroundings. Humans have always formed groups for whatever collective interests they share, which leaves less room for outside influences. All these different groups however have one thing in common, and that’s their community, their town, city, their surroundings.

Technology gives us the tools to produce content based on an individual’s location or exact need, and this is my greatest point of interest as a designer, as well as a user.

What are the keypoints of Local Arts & Culture?

Local Arts & Culture, or LOC.AC as we use to call it, makes local attractions accessible for the public in an exciting way never seen before. It grants cyclists, scooter users and pedestrians a pleasant and entertaining way to spend their day. The service is always built locally with the latest, most functional mobile and web technologies, such as: Web Applications, Bot Technology, Augmented Reality and Internet Of Things.

Users are directed to the service through various channels publicly advertised by the city. They don’t have to download anything, or disclose any personal data. When arriving to a cultural sight, the user is met with a customized AI guide. Sight history and present day information will all be presented to the user in an entertaining way.

The service is adaptive and constantly updated. Changes to surroundings, paths, city planning and the sight information itself are quickly updated, guaranteeing users a confusion-free trip. Each sight within the service works individually and can be used as a marketing tool, or to collect sight-based feedback. Every Local Arts & Culture installation is unique and developed with the same formula as the city, where individual parts form an ensemble.

Feel free to download and view the PDF for Local Arts & Culture here.

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