28 posts tagged

design

Voice-controlled elevators

Elevators should support voice control. This way people will be able to select their floor without touching anything.

 No comments   7 d   coronavirus   design

Bread rolls

The bread roll is one of the greatest human inventions: it makes any simple ingredient that is boring by itself a proper food.

 No comments   13 d   design   food

Audioguides

Audioguides in museums are a sign that the story is not being told well enough visually.

 No comments   1 mon   design   wayfinding

Messengers

All messengers are bad in some way or another.

iMessage lacks platform universality. Telegram doesn’t believe in decency—any message can be deleted forever, for all sides. Signal is badly designed. WhatsApp doesn’t respect privacy.

Email, however, is universal, honest, unintrusive, simple, and as private as one wants it to be.

 No comments   1 mon   design   life

Light switches

Light switches should always be inside the room that the lights are being switched in. Letting outsiders interfere in internal affairs is never a good idea.

 No comments   1 mon   design   principles

Hand dryers and paper towels

Having a hand dryer and no paper towels in a restroom is a slap in the visitor’s face. There are hundreds of use cases for paper towels, the most basic being blowing your nose.

Oh, and in some cases a hand dryer physically can’t dry one’s hands:

 No comments   2 mon   design   toilets

Self-presenting

Overhead lights bring attention to themselves by turning on while the flight attendant mentions them. Great design!

 No comments   2 mon   airplanes   design

Europe diagram, Brexit edition

As the UK is about to leave the EU, I have updated my European diagram to reflect the new situation. I also added the Council of Europe for good measure.

Oh, and there’s a version in French as well.

 No comments   2 mon   design   Europe   politics   release
 No comments   3 mon   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   3 mon   design   user interface
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