A calm tech concept to spatially distribute notifications


Interface Design


Malte Fial, Jannes Daur, Leon Burg & me

My Role:

Research, Ideation, Concept, Product Design


study project, fourth semester


four weeks



A Noto station on a desk

Noto is a concept that reimagines the interaction with notifications. In a world with abundant digital distractions, Noto creates a structured and controllable environment for digital interactions. By implementing the principles of Calm Tech into the home environment, Noto enables users to determine when and where to engage with the digital world, ultimately reducing stress in everyday life.


The average person checks their smartphone 144 times a day. Fear of missing out drives compulsive checking every ten minutes on average. Unpredictable and overwhelming, notifications disrupt concentration at work and moments of relaxation, often distracting from what really deserves focus in the moment.


Mailboxes and localization

Users can create personalized mailboxes for their specific needs. Next, they can assign them to designated rooms within their home. Within the rooms, dedicated message stations serve as hubs for storing and managing the corresponding notifications. This establishes distinct analogue boundaries for the digital world, ensuring a focused environment.

Store and fetch messages

When a station is activated, it grows with each notification stored. When users are ready to focus on their messages, they can simply push the top part down. This action clears the station and transfers the notifications to their devices. When the users await messages and prefer them delivered directly rather than stored, they can rotate the top to deactivate the station.

Digital Foundation

Notifications can be assigned to specific categories with a simple swipe to the left. In the background, an intelligent system learns from the users interactions, automatically organizing future notifications. This on-the-fly configuration provides peace of mind, as users don't have to react immediately but know they can retrieve the message at the right time and place. To enhance clarity, notifications on the lock screen are neatly grouped based on their designated mailboxes.

Physical Integration

The message station is designed to be unobtrusive and subtle, devoid of unnecessary lights or displays. Its status is easily recognizable at a glance. The variation in height provides a quick estimate of stored notifications, eliminating the need for detailed information. Serving as the interface for the Noto System, the station features an intuitive tactile hardware interface, allowing users to interact with familiar patterns: a push to drain and a twist to open or close.

Three states of Noto: deactivated, activated/no messages stored, activated/many messages stored


Noto and its novel approach to notifications aim to create a calm and decelerated digital experience. Users can focus on what is important at the moment and your smartphone is no longer a distraction; it now serves as a tool that shows only what you want, when you want it.

Bottom of the Noto station