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 No comments    18   17 d   buses   design   wayfinding

Morse code tapping to unlock

Today’s phones can be woken by tapping the screen. Future phones will be unlocked by tapping in a pattern similar to Morse code.

 No comments    18   21 d   design   user interface

Chinese Apple fakes

Why do Chinese copycats trying to pretend they have the real thing always fail so badly? Why do they make it so obvious that what they’re selling is fake despite pretending it’s genuine? To make sure their friends don’t get scammed?

 No comments    12   1 mon   design   life

Bus doors

Bus doors should always open outwards. It’s just logic: inwards-opening doors take up space that could otherwise be filled by passengers.

 No comments    11   1 mon   buses   design   standards

QR codes

It’s a bad scenario when QR codes are being scanned by a human. It’s a good one a human approaches a machine that scans his or her QR code.

But the latter is just a cheaper option instead of NFC.

 No comments    27   2 mon   design   user interface

Autorenewals and common sense

I got this in the mail today:

Your WhoisGuard subscription listed below is expiring soon.
Act fast and renew WhoisGuard today to keep contact information attached to your domain hidden in public Whois.
It’s FREE to renew, so make sure that your privacy remains protected.

This is an example of bad design. If it’s free to renew, why don’t I have WhoisGuard set until hell freezes over?

 No comments    21   3 mon   common sense   design

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    114   6 mon   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    222   6 mon   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    115   6 mon   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    51   7 mon   design
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