Client: Nicon
Project: Ndlovukazi encryption cellphone
Category: Product Design

The Ndlovukazi (Xhosa translation: Female Elephant) is an encryption phone designed for short run production specifically for South African Parliamentarians on business trips outside the countries borders. Communication between Ndlovukazi phones is encrypted via a flash cards plugged in at the rear of the product. The relevant decryption “keys” are held by the South Africa government rather than a cell phone provider which can pose a security risk. From an Industrial Design perspective, it was important the phone look ‘neutral’ in colour and style to avoid generating unwanted attention