Ill-differentiated triggers

This was on the wall next to a secure door. To exit, I had to touch one of these buttons. But which one? With such ambiguity, I wonder…

If you want to survive in design

I took the screengrab on the left. And mocked up the one on the right. It still astounds me how often I come across illegible designs. I can…

Details details details

This is one of the monitors in a local McDonald’s. Do you notice anything odd about the display? It has been like this since I first came here…

The humble index.html page

In the age of WordPress and other cheap and easy content management systems, we should not forget the humble index.html file. You can build one with nothing more…

Macbook Pro 2020 Prediction

Just for fun, here is a parody prediction of the next Macbook Pro refresh in 2020. Thinner, completely portless, and still stubbornly non-touchscreen. 🙂

A body of worth

Create a body of work to demonstrate your abilities and commitment to your craft. Two examples come to mind: This guy who makes a new spoon every day….

Hair-trigger ads UX fail

Yet another user-experience (UX) fail because … advertising! If you are a regular reader of news.com.au on your phone you may have noticed this annoying behaviour: swiping to…

Apple Magic Mouse design fail

Image via iphonehacks.com Seriously Apple — where did you put the charging port for your “magic” mouse now? You do know this means the mouse cannot be used…

Leadership fishtanks

A poor leader is like this fishtank design. It is all about surface showy bits designed to draw attention to the tank itself, detracting from the content within….

Obvious but not too easy

When we think about improving something we often think of making it easier to use. Sometimes the opposite is true. Like this alarm trigger on a Perth train….

Mobile power

Do you travel with a spare battery for your phone? On the most recent trip to Europe, I used my phone to store travel information like itineraries and…

Foot traffic lines

Is not often we think about or consciously notice lines used to direct foot traffic in public spaces. Here are three examples from my recent travels. This triangle…

Use the whole wall

Why use small monitors when you can use the entire wall?! This is the arrivals information display wall at Vienna airport.

Viennese traffic lights

I love these fun pedestrian traffic lights in Vienna. There are many opportunities to add whimsy and fun to our everyday environment – virtual or real – without…

Captcha an exercise in aggravation

I’ve just spent an aggravating half hour trying to log in to a website that uses captcha. And I am pissed. What started as a clever way to…

Un-extraordinary Vertu

Vertu may be for extraordinary people but this ad of theirs at Berlin Tegel airport was definitely sub-ordinary. Actually rather poor. The composition is amateurish. The layout looks…

Design museum design fail!

There are three examples of a functional design fail that really should never happen outside of a design school.  These were spotted in an Oslo design museum of all places!…

Communicating the basics

Sometimes designers shoot ourselves in the foot when it comes to communicating. We become so focused and caught up in the work we forget to tell the end…

Tins of paint?

No. Tins of pineapple! The colours are not ones typically associated with food or fruit. The layout also mimics that of paint tin labels. Examples below from Google”

Just say “fast”

Another sign that had too many words. So I fixed it (virtually!) The main copy can be further simplified to: Hold small children. Face forward. Stand away from sides….

Ice cube tray: squee or sigh?

I spotted this ice cube tray in the National Gallery (Oslo) shop. The included polar bear accessory immediately called to mind this: The ice cube tray is very cute….

Idea banks and the need for curation

This is Bjercke og Eliassen’s idea bank in the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Bjercke og Eliassen are Norwegian architects who build many of Oslo’s landmark buildings…

Context-sensitive ads

I spotted these great ads inside an airbridge in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This ING “Everything You Need in Just One Photo” campaign struck me as a great example…

Visualising De Waag

I recently had the great privilege of visiting De Waag Society in Amsterdam. I think of De Waag as a modern day art and technology guild (like the…

 

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