Air tickets reimagined as an app

Sometimes we need to cross the boundaries set by a particular medium or technology in order to challenge the status quo of design.

Earlier this month Sylion launched their new iPhone app Flight Card.

Flight Card is a beautiful, simple and intuitive flight tracking application for your iPhone or iPod touch. Search your flight by flight # or by route, track it and share with family and friends!

Flight Card

Flight Card

Sylion mention in their blog post announcing Flight Card that the concept was inspired by Tyler Thompson’s 2010 reinvention of his boarding pass. I love the minimal approach and the elegant condensed typeface used, which is very similar to Tyler’s original concept:

Boarding pass redesigned by Tyler Thompson

Boarding pass redesigned by Tyler Thompson

Since thermal printers and the systems that produce real-world boarding passes impose so many limitations on innovation, we will not be seeing Tyler’s redesign implemented at airports anytime soon. That’s why it’s awesome that we are able to employ another medium altogether, such as the iPhone, and challenge the status quo!

Author: Imar

Imar Krige is a professional graphic designer and typography enthusiast from Cape Town, South Africa.