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.

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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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?