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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In a room with 5 elevators, this piece united all the displays rather than having us keeping checking them back and forth. HCI-wise makes you wonder: Do we make our users eyeballs and clicks wander all over the place to get the tasks done? Found on the building Sansei restaurant is located, Honolulu, Hawaii

In a room with 5 elevators, this piece united all the displays rather than having us keeping checking them back and forth. HCI-wise makes you wonder: Do we make our users eyeballs and clicks wander all over the place to get the tasks done? Found on the building Sansei restaurant is located, Honolulu, Hawaii

Protect Yourself! Use a tissue to open the door. An unusual place and purpose for a napkin. HCI wise, it makes you wonder: Are the protocols we have in place to guide users around the system and have been there for years, really the safest?

Protect Yourself! Use a tissue to open the door. An unusual place and purpose for a napkin. HCI wise, it makes you wonder: Are the protocols we have in place to guide users around the system and have been there for years, really the safest?

Found this survey inside a toilet by the sink on UH MET building. Perhaps a better idea would be to have them behind toilet doors?

Found this survey inside a toilet by the sink on UH MET building. Perhaps a better idea would be to have them behind toilet doors?

Why not have your own ad hand in your business card?

Why not have your own ad hand in your business card?

This paper bag comes with a small pocket to insert a description card of the product. Removing the card, you can also have a peek of it's content.

This paper bag comes with a small pocket to insert a description card of the product. Removing the card, you can also have a peek of it's content.

Found this microwaveable pizza among oven only pizzas. By detaching and flipping up the upper part of the box, the frozen pizza can be placed on a silver plastic to bake it within just 3 minutes.

Found this microwaveable pizza among oven only pizzas. By detaching and flipping up the upper part of the box, the frozen pizza can be placed on a silver plastic to bake it within just 3 minutes.

This is one of the most interesting basket designs I've seen. One handler allow you to carry it like the usual basket, but the other allows you to pull it around.The wheels rotate 360 so it feels you are dragging a carry-on around!

This is one of the most interesting basket designs I've seen. One handler allow you to carry it like the usual basket, but the other allows you to pull it around.The wheels rotate 360 so it feels you are dragging a carry-on around!

This is a board for pets at a pet shelter. The board is used so that volunteers and staff knows which dogs have been walked. Although colors are not meaningful, some of the small blocks have messages such as 'No walks' or 'At clinic'. Upon taking one of the shelter dogs to walk, volunteers write extensive notes of how dog behaves which can then be used by staff to evaluate the level of difficulty from a dog. This auto-feeds on them knowing which dogs they should or not take to walk.

This is a board for pets at a pet shelter. The board is used so that volunteers and staff knows which dogs have been walked. Although colors are not meaningful, some of the small blocks have messages such as 'No walks' or 'At clinic'. Upon taking one of the shelter dogs to walk, volunteers write extensive notes of how dog behaves which can then be used by staff to evaluate the level of difficulty from a dog. This auto-feeds on them knowing which dogs they should or not take to walk.

Hospital Bed Placement Board for 505 bed hospital; the colored jackets (white, red, blue) are level of care; the pink and blue tags represent gender; the colored dots and placement on the board relate to patient movement throughout the day. To this day it has not been replaced given how alternatives are just too bad.

Hospital Bed Placement Board for 505 bed hospital; the colored jackets (white, red, blue) are level of care; the pink and blue tags represent gender; the colored dots and placement on the board relate to patient movement throughout the day. To this day it has not been replaced given how alternatives are just too bad.

Why have a simple pin board when you could add emphases to content pieces? Found at ICS building at U of Hawaii at Manoa

Why have a simple pin board when you could add emphases to content pieces? Found at ICS building at U of Hawaii at Manoa

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