American Express' Shop Small Helps You Experience Local Treasures

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jan 27, 2015
References: videoedge.net & adverblog
In order to promote how important it is to support local businesses, American Express partnered up with the HUSH design agency to create a gesture-based interface called Shop Small.

The interface is set up to bring products and in-store experiences to shoppers from a digital screen. While browsing through specific item types, users are even able to compile wish lists, save them and either have them printed on the spot or have the list sent to a phone. In addition to highlighting local shops, the Amex booth also shows off local restaurants, events and other destinations that are like getting to know the city from the inside, as a local would. Despite being a digital interface, in designing this experience, HUSH notes: "When you visit small businesses, the feeling is natural material, human-scale, tactile and personal. So, we didn’t want the installation to feel overtly digital."