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Monaco’s flag

This is Monaco’s flag. It’s identical, except for in proportions, to Indonesia’s:

But Monaco has an alternative flag and pattern (mostly used on license plates), which reminds of their moneymaker the Casino, which would make Monaco instantly recognisable anywhere on Earth:

Monaco, why not make the latter the official flag?

 No comments    4   7 d   branding   design

Wayfinding in Dolceacqua

Lines on a circle-shaped square point to where the landmarks are. This kind of navigation is perfect for a lovely medieval village like Dolceacqua: it’s useful yet unintrusive.

Up close:

 No comments    12   8 d   design   wayfinding

Train door buttons

Bad: levers

Bad: buttons that are located in a weird place

Bad: buttons that make fingers bleed

Good: those that aren’t any of the above

Excellent: those that remember that you pressed them

And obviously all buttons should be responsive to touches in gloves. There should be no buttons on trains that only go through a closed space.

 No comments    23   15 d   design

Music on hold

Music on hold sucks. I am interested in reading an article or watching a video, but instead I have to pay attention to when the music ends and the operator starting babbling.

The best system would be a nice sound (like Nice’s tram’s, no pun intended) every thirty seconds or so to let me know the phone system didn’t break and that I’m still in the queue.

 No comments    14   27 d   design

Choose a flavour

While you’re in line, you might as well be choosing what ice cream to enjoy. Usually this ends with the favourite one being taken by the person in front. Instead of wasting time asking about what ice cream flavours are in stock after the moment of sorrow, you see them in advance:

G U M, Moscow

And it’s extremely easy to take a certain flavour off the menu for the ice cream seller.

The only way to further improve this is to put the price up top, let go of the decorations, and stop repeating the words “ice cream”.

 No comments    10   1 mon   design   ice cream

Two yellows

The bag yellow is good, while the jacket yellow is bad.

Know your yellows!

 No comments    8   3 mon   colours   design
 No comments    7   5 mon   design   idea   phones   technology

Coat hangers & hooks

Bad: hangers. I have to insert the hanger between the sleeves only to have my coat fall when I suspend the hanger on the rail.

Good: hooks. I just hang the loop.

 No comments    3   6 mon   design   life

Rollable TVs

Rollable TVs have a little talked about advantage: they are compatible with any reasonable aspect ratio.

 No comments    3   6 mon   design

Gates in libraries

There are three ways to do this.

Moscow’s Foreign Language Library. Gates, a stern security guard, librarians that don’t understand one another, no single database, RFID tags for security purposes, a ban on bringing backpacks in (!). The wide variety of books is the only thing that saves this library from obliteration.

Pigna Library. The honesty system at its finest. Just a heartwarming librarian and no security features. They make an assumption that everyone entering isn’t there for a random reason (which is close to truth).

The Russian State Library for Youth. A total absence of any visible gates or security features. Anyone strolling by can enter and read a book. As for bringing a book home, all one has to do to register is to show an ID. Every book has an RFID tag used for theft prevention, as well as for scanning books. I was surprised at how efficient the system was when I first took some books home: I stacked the books, put them on a table along with my library card, and I could go out. No librarian or gate needed.

There’s only one way to do it right.

 No comments    1   7 mon   automation   design   library
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