The Design Vagrant

This board is a collection of either good or ugly design I found during my walks (and had people staring on me on why I would be taking pictures of trivial things). It is also a good HCI mental exercise and reminder when creating user interfaces. They are always there, but how many did you ever noticed? Inspired by Normans book and my SIT HCI classes during 2012 Spring.
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Found interesting how water fountains where I am located can control how much water comes out by rotating this device. This would be very unusual in my hometown in Brazil. Found in many in places in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Found interesting how water fountains where I am located can control how much water comes out by rotating this device. This would be very unusual in my hometown in Brazil. Found in many in places in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Found in an airport toilet in my hometown. The label to the bottom right says "To free the extra toilet paper, push the lever to the left until it locks". I could never figure out where was the lever even hovering my hand where the arrow points.

Found in an airport toilet in my hometown. The label to the bottom right says "To free the extra toilet paper, push the lever to the left until it locks". I could never figure out where was the lever even hovering my hand where the arrow points.

Adding a bit of humor to things that would otherwise get you frustrated is always welcome! :-) Yelp app for Android.

Adding a bit of humor to things that would otherwise get you frustrated is always welcome! :-) Yelp app for Android.

On my flight to Honolulu, Hawaii I noticed the "EXIT" lights showing up asked the crew what its meaning. I was told the light was to indicate the bathrooms were occupied. After testing a few hypothesis seeing people coming in and out of toilets, I realized those were the left and right corridor bathrooms. The two right in front of me would be indicated by the lights over the big screen. I wonder what the other lights stands for. Do notice the right EXIT sign has one more light slot to the…

On my flight to Honolulu, Hawaii I noticed the "EXIT" lights showing up asked the crew what its meaning. I was told the light was to indicate the bathrooms were occupied. After testing a few hypothesis seeing people coming in and out of toilets, I realized those were the left and right corridor bathrooms. The two right in front of me would be indicated by the lights over the big screen. I wonder what the other lights stands for. Do notice the right EXIT sign has one more light slot to the…

This controller was attached to the arm of my chair in an international flight by AA. I don't know why, but I could not figure out a way to lock its buttons. The end result was that for every time I tried to rest, the screen would turn on and the brightness would wake me up. 13 hours of flight frustration. (No it did not lock when I put it back on the chair arm). The buttons were also very clunky.

This controller was attached to the arm of my chair in an international flight by AA. I don't know why, but I could not figure out a way to lock its buttons. The end result was that for every time I tried to rest, the screen would turn on and the brightness would wake me up. 13 hours of flight frustration. (No it did not lock when I put it back on the chair arm). The buttons were also very clunky.

Found this hand dryer in Recife, PE shopping mall. Most I've been used for had me holding my hands up and getting the floor below wet. This one improves over that: I can rest my hands and keeps the ground clean.

Found this hand dryer in Recife, PE shopping mall. Most I've been used for had me holding my hands up and getting the floor below wet. This one improves over that: I can rest my hands and keeps the ground clean.

Found on 7Cafe of "Cardio Pulmonar" in my hometown. Its different shape not only kept the tea/coffee that dropped from the cup to reach the table, but also moved it away from the cup itself.

Found on 7Cafe of "Cardio Pulmonar" in my hometown. Its different shape not only kept the tea/coffee that dropped from the cup to reach the table, but also moved it away from the cup itself.

A magnetic bookmark. Surprisingly took me 22 years of my life to see one like this in my hometown. I don't know where I wind up leaving it, but it seems common everywhere else. Came as a bonus from buying a Computer Graphics book in a university store :-)

A magnetic bookmark. Surprisingly took me 22 years of my life to see one like this in my hometown. I don't know where I wind up leaving it, but it seems common everywhere else. Came as a bonus from buying a Computer Graphics book in a university store :-)

This door was found in Clara's staircase exist house in my hometown. One of them was the ring bell, the other was the light of the entire corridor. I wonder how many wrong ring bells this person had!

This door was found in Clara's staircase exist house in my hometown. One of them was the ring bell, the other was the light of the entire corridor. I wonder how many wrong ring bells this person had!

A compact and interesting way to organize textual information and services. Found in Bradesco bank in my hometown.

A compact and interesting way to organize textual information and services. Found in Bradesco bank in my hometown.

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