A random collection of things that inspire, interest and trouble me
from the world of design, politics, art and culture.

Going up: the rise* in elevator intelligence

Posted: May 18th, 2010 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: behaviour, product design, technology | Tags: | 2 Comments »

When did elevators get so smart? Once they just went up and down, and now they alter their direction based on demand.

Today I was visiting the developers at another building and didn’t really think too strange when I first pressed the floor number. At the time it hadn’t occurred to me that I was choosing the floor as the first step of the process, on the outside of the lift rather than inside the lift.

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Keypad on the outside of the lift, downstairs

It was only when I got inside and couldn’t find the usual floor buttons that I realised something was different. My more intelligent companion then noticed that the display above the door close/open symbols was displaying our chosen floor number.

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Display inside the lift tells you which floor has been selected Read the rest of this entry »


Culturally-specific icon design

Posted: September 29th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: icon design, product design | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I have just bought a new sewing machine. I am very excited as I have always had very old ones handed down from Grandmothers and mothers. Having a new one will mean I will stop buying mass produced clothes, so even though it is a new product, I feel ok about it.

Whilst I was in the shop, being attended to by a very helpful assistant, I noticed this icon set on a fancier machine. I guess it is about speed control, but would I know this if I was from another country? Is the hare and the tortoise story (attributed to Aesop) a universally known fable?

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