Dana Rambler and Kathleen Westerhout have created a more fashionable life vest solution, called the Bandaeu Belt:
It looks good but there’s one thing I can’t wrap my head around: what do you do when you fall over board in rough see? Or when you trip, loose your orientation and can’t make out which way is up underwater?
Those are situations when you have big help from a life vest that already sits in place and I’m afraied the Bandeau Belt might offer a false sense of security. I would put my bet on something more standard, whether inflatable or rigid.
1. It was their graduation project from Emily Carr University of Art + Design back in 2010. Back △
2. Best in test at www.testfakta.se of 10 self-inflating life vests (only 2 made the grade), July 2013 (in Swedish). Back △
3. Best in test at www.testfakta.se of 7 rigid life vest for kids, July 2012 (in Swedish). Back △
I just visited a local sushi outlet to buy a package of nori sheets. After sorting out how many sheets there are in a package and how much it cost i payed for it and then heard the cashier say: “It’ll be ready in 10–15 minutes”.
My jaw dropped a bit.
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We already have some results on yesterday’s usability improvement to keep people from hitting the ceiling with their heads – it doesn’t work if you’re sitting under the ceiling instead of walking past (or into) it.
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Update: Also see “Yesterday’s Usability Improvement – a Follow-up”
After having seen a number of people at my friends’ office hit their heads on the slanted ceiling at the top floor, I put up big red stickers today at the edges of the ceiling to make them more visible.
It’ll be interesting to see if this will bring down the number of heads hit.
PS. Later during the day I moved the sticker on the left closer to the edge to lessen the possibility of hitting the last decimeter of the ceiling edge.
Here’s today’s usability improvement:
The office I often use when I’m in Moscow has finally gotten a doorbell! No more pounding the door and pulling the handle to get someone to come and open. Excellent!
Many of the marshrutkas use a little plastic board to keep the change in, to quickly be able to give just the right amount:
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Focusing on what’s important is a great idea in many different cases and I was recently reminded about it when was looking through some promotional material I’ve received over the past few months and found these three letters from Swedish energy company Fortum:
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I just updated my Facebook password and it wasn’t quite as straight-forward as I had expected. I started by clicking the lock icon (good first guess), which showed a drop-down menu with no options to change the password :( but with a link to more settings –> great, I can change it there!
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I’m very fond of clever packaging and just found one at McDonald’s – they use the same packaging for different kinds of McMuffins but depending on how you fold it, it will show different information:
This doesn’t directly influence the end-consumer but it reduces wasted material and transports to some extent (no left over packages of the wrong kind) and it lessens the amount of planning needed for the procurement department.
Kim Overland did something clever for his dog: to help passers-by that worry about the dog when it’s left in the car he put a thermometer with a large, clear display so that you can instantly see if it’s too hot in the car. Soon he’ll also add a note with his phone number so that you can contact him if needed.
The dog Mason with the thermometer. Photo: Kim Overland, used with his permission.
Kim wrote about it on Facebook: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151594072181666
Well done Kim!
Yesterday, a friend of mine got this message from ge.tt:
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