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design

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    23   1 mon   design   user interface

Autorenewals and common sense

I got this in the mail today:

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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    19   2 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    107   5 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   5 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    107   5 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    49   5 mon   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    15   6 mon   design   ice cream

Two yellows

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

Know your yellows!

 No comments    20   8 mon   colours   design
 No comments    10   10 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    7   10 mon   design   life
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